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National Justice Project initiates petition addressing AFP raids on ABC and Annika Smethurst

The National Justice Project this week started a petition calling for legislative change and immediate action to protect journalists and whistle-blowers following the AFP raids on ABC and Annika Smethurst. Last week the ABC headquarters and the home of journalist Annika Smethurst were raided by the AFP, after they, some time ago, published well-researched and vetted news stories blowing the …

Inquest Findings into the death of Mr Jackamarra released; WA government moving to make improvements to facilities

The inquest findings into the tragic death of Mr Jackamarra in Broome Regional Prison in 2015 were released last week, and in their wake the WA government has claimed it is moving to improve the conditions at the prison in which Mr Jackamarra passed away.  National Justice Project Senior Solicitor Emma Hearne represented Mr Jackamarra’s family at the inquest in WA and spoke to ABC …

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Aboriginal Woman dies in custody 20 years after her father suffered same fate

The Aboriginal woman’s death comes twenty years after her father, Warren Cooper, died in custody after being found unresponsive in a police watch house in Albany. They were both 26 years old. Adj. Professor George Newhouse, Managing Director of the National Justice Project, is representing the family, and says they were “extremely distressed” by Cherdeena Wynne’s death. Cherdeena’s mother, Shirley …

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ABF Targets Saudi Women Seeking Asylum

The ABC claims that Australia has been cancelling the visas of women on route to Australia, and summarily returning a number of women to transit countries.

These actions are a clear violation of the right to seek asylum, enshrined in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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All Kids Off Nauru

Lawyers, doctors and caseworkers welcomed the news that all of the critically sick children detained by the Australian government on Nauru were now receiving the medical care they need in Australia and the remaining children would be resettled in the US.

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NJP Launches Class Actions for Detainees on Manus Is & Nauru

Sydney, NSW 10-Dec-29, Human Rights Lawyers from the National Justice Project have launched two parallel class actions [aka representative actions] in the High Court, one for people seeking asylum who were transferred by the Australian government to Manus Island and the other for people seeking asylum who were transferred by the Australian government to Nauru. The legal team is being led …