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Damning Report on Youth Detention in WA

Urgent need for medical care, education and Indigenous Culture The National Justice Project welcomes the report of the WA Inspector of Custodial Services into the Youth Detention Centre at Banksia Hill but notes the problems inside the WA Youth detention system remain unaddressed and children’s lives are being destroyed by inaction. George Newhouse, Principal Solicitor at the NJP and Adjunct …

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Who Watches the Watchers? Copwatch launches to support Aboriginal communities to hold police accountable

We have launched a new program to run training in Aboriginal communities about using mobile phones to document harassment by authorities. The project, known as “Copwatch”, has been developed in response to complaints about over-policing and police abuses in Aboriginal communities. We are currently seeking crowdfunding in order to send human rights lawyers and media professionals to deliver training on using mobile …

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National Justice Project in the news

Giving a voice to the voiceless and speaking out against injustice is an important part of our work.
Over the past month we’ve featured in the media for our work with Aboriginal people and refugees.

Calls to stop rampant health discrimination on Indigenous Health MayDay

The National Justice Project is calling for sustained action to end Australia’s rampant and widespread discrimination in the delivery of health services today on #IHMayDay. #IHMayDay – 17 May 2017, standing for Indigenous Health MayDay – is an annual Twitter event, which provides a full-day of programming with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people tweeting about Indigenous health issues. The event …

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National Justice Project meets with UN Indigenous human rights investigator

This week our Principal Solicitor, George Newhouse, along with number of First Nations leaders, met with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. The meeting was held to discuss matters of justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that fall within the Special Rapporteur’s mandate. Ms Tauli Corpuz’s visit to Australia has included an examination …

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Federal Court rules asylum seekers can keep mobile phones in detention

The Federal Court in Sydney today (17 March 2017) has ruled that asylum seekers have the right to continue their legal fight to keep their mobile phones while in onshore immigration detention, following a class action brought by human rights lawyers the National Justice Project to prevent Serco and Border Force from seizing detainee phones. Border Force had planned to …

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National Justice Project working with the Deaths In Custody Watch Committee of WA

The National Justice Project is working with the Deaths In Custody Watch Committee of WA to assist an Aboriginal man injured by police tasers. Read the story here