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Damning report exposes South Australia's use of spit hoods on children

Staff remove a child’s handcuffs in an isolation cell. The child is wearing a spit hood

“I am horrified that the horror of Don Dale is repeating itself, despite a Royal Commission, right in our backyard in Adelaide.” - Cheryl Axleby, NATSILS co-chair.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (NATSILS) has condemned the spithooding practices used on primary school aged kids in a South Australian youth prison.

Photos and findings of mistreatment, abuse and breach of human rights, reminiscent of Don Dale, have been exposed by the findings of the South Australian Ombudsman.

The peak Indigenous body has condemned the shortcomings in the South Australia's youth detention system and took the opportunity to renew a call to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility as recommended by the United Nations.

In a press statement, NATSILS also called for accountability for the staff involved, an apology from the South Australian Government and for reparations for children where their human rights have been breached. 

 

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