20180725 MEDIA ALERT:
Four Corners – Two Years On and Children Still Abused Inside NT Prisons: Grandmothers speak out.
MPARNTWE (ALICE SPRINGS)
Photos available on request; Media Brief document attached
What: Community Demands Justice and Accountability.2 years from the Four Corners report
When: 12noon Wednesday 25thJuly
Where: Courthouse Lawns Mparntwe Alice Springs
Who: Strong Grandmothers of the Central Desert Region and supporters.
Despite global outrage in response to the Four Corners report detailing the abuse and torture of children in detention 2 years ago, and the subsequent Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory (RCPDCNT), prison guards and Territory Families as the responsible department, continue to violate the rights of child prisoners. 100% of incarcerated children in the Northern Territory are Aboriginal. As of May 24 2018, in Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre (ASYDC) 95% of child prisoners were not convicted – with the prison being at 270% overcapacity making it in the top 10 of overcrowded prisons globally. In May 2018, contrary to the Royal Commission findings, NT Police dropped all investigations into prison guards in relation to the abuse exposed by the Four Corners report – with no charges laid.
Today Mparntwe (Alice Springs) families, residents and supporters continue to demand justice two years since the Four Corners report – publicly voicing their anger that guards continue to torture and abuse children with impunity inside NT Prisons.Strong Grandmothers of the Central Desert Region and other community members will speak and there will be a live music performance by Kirra Voller.
“All the families are crying out for their children to return to country. They have elders waiting for them. Kinship systems must be adhered to. Kids in Country Not in Custody.” –Strong Grandmothers of the Central Desert Region
Meret MacDonald 0456 475 810
Hilary Tyler 0419 244 012