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      French Government presents human rights award to Indigenous Social Justice Association

      Newsletter date: 17 December 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/12/16/wgar-news-french-government-presents-human-rights-award-to-indigenous-social-justice-asso

      Contents:

      * Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA) open letter: Tenth anniversary of TJ Hickey death
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: French Government presents human rights laureate to the Indigenous Social Justice Association
      * YouTube: French government recognises Indigenous human rights - NITV SBS

      * Deaths In Custody Watch Commitee WA: Build Communities Not Prisons Campaign

      * Aboriginal Legal Service of WA: ALSWA hopes report will lead to Aboriginal people being In Safe Custody
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: ALSWA says hurry up & implement recommendations

      * The Wire: Youth incarceration rates drop but indigenous kids left in the lock-up [Featuring Tim Beard & John Mackenzi]
      * Greens Senators Rachel Siewert & Penny Wright: WA's Aboriginal youth detention rate requires urgent action
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Aboriginal youth behind bars - gap widens
      * Simon Lauder, ABC News: Young Indigenous Australians remain over-represented in detention: report
      * Natalie Ahmat, NITV News: Indigenous youths overrepresented in detention centres: report
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Prison diversion programs not meeting needs of Indigenous offenders

      * Michael Coggan, ABC News: Specialist doctor quits NT alcohol rehabilitation program in protest

      * Background to Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal imprisonment and Aboriginal Deaths in Custody


      * INDIGENOUS SOCIAL JUSTICE ASSOCIATION (ISJA) OPEN LETTER:
      TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF TJ HICKEY DEATH



      - Open Letter

      Tenth anniversary of TJ Hickey death
      Green Left: https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/55504
      30 Nov 13: "The Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA)
      released this open letter on November 22 ***
      Next year, on February 14, will be the 10th anniversary of
      the killing of the young Aboriginal man, TJ Hickey, as a
      consequence of the pursuit by the then Redfern police.
      For nine long years, the Hickey family has been campaigning
      for justice and for the proper legal punishment of those
      directly responsible for TJ’s death. We would like to invite
      you and your organisation to assist both the Hickey family
      and ISJA to make this 10th anniversary rally and march the
      biggest to date. ... We strongly urge you to be a positive
      part of this upcoming anniversary."


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      FRENCH GOVERNMENT PRESENTS HUMAN RIGHTS LAUREATE
      TO THE INDIGENOUS SOCIAL JUSTICE ASSOCIATION



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: French Government presents human rights laureate
      to the Indigenous Social Justice Association

      http://thestringer.com.au/french-government-presents-human-rights-laureate-to-the-indigenous-social-justice-association/
      1 Dec 13: "Social justice advocate and stalwart Ray Jackson,
      a former child of the Stolen Generations, and the
      organisation he leads, the Indigenous Social Justice
      Association Sydney, have rarely been recognised for their
      decades of service to Aboriginal and/Torres Strait Islander
      rights, and to human rights in general, but at long last,
      long overdue, they have been recognised for their human
      rights works - by the French Government. "It is with a great
      sense of shock and awe that the years of struggle by the
      Indigenous Social Justice Association - since 1997 - has
      been recognised for its ongoing human rights work," said Mr
      Jackson." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * YOUTUBE:
      FRENCH GOVERNMENT RECOGNISES INDIGENOUS HUMAN RIGHTS
      - NITV SBS



      - Audio Interview

      YouTube: French government recognises Indigenous human rights
      - NITV SBS - Bruce Skewes

      Natalie Ahmat; Source NITV News 3 December 2013
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW3nN4YwYmE
      3 Dec 13: "Stalwart Koori social Justice Advocate, Ray
      Jackson
      and his organisation the Indigenous Social Justice
      Association
      , have been honoured with a major French human
      rights award. While Mr Jackson fought for issues such as
      the rights of the marginalised and asylum seekers, he has
      also defended families of Aboriginal citizens deceased
      while in detention. "Since 1987 I've been working with
      death and custody families for justice, and taking the
      police on, and taking the jails," said Mr Jackson. He says
      he's amazed to receive such an honorary award, especially
      from the French government."


      * DEATHS IN CUSTODY WATCH COMMITTEE WA:
      BUILD COMMUNITIES NOT PRISONS CAMPAIGN



      - Campaigns

      Deaths In Custody Watch Commitee WA:
      Build Communities Not Prisons Campaign

      http://www.deathsincustody.org.au/campaigns
      "Indigenous imprisonment rates in Western Australia is the
      highest in the developed world. Rates of Indigenous youth
      incarceration are a national shame and at crisis point. In
      Western Australia we lock up more Aboriginal People than
      any other State or Territory per capita. Western
      Australia’s Indigenous incarceration rate remains the
      highest in the country, where an Indigenous person is 23
      times more likely to be imprisoned than a non-Indigenous
      person. What is Justice Reinvestment? ... "


      * ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE OF WA:
      ALSWA HOPES REPORT WILL LEAD TO ABORIGINAL PEOPLE BEING IN SAFE CUSTODY



      - Media Statement

      Aboriginal Legal Service of WA:
      ALSWA hopes report will lead to Aboriginal people being In Safe Custody

      http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=304:alswa-hopes-report-will-lead-to-aboriginal-people-being-in-safe-custody&catid=13:media-releases&Itemid=46
      2 Dec 13: "An Inquiry into custodial arrangements in police
      lock-up has validated concerns held by the Aboriginal Legal
      Service of WA (ALSWA) for many years.
      "We endorse the findings and recommendations of the
      "In Safe Custody" report and hope that these
      recommendations, along with those from the Royal Commission
      into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC) will be
      implemented once and for all. It’s unacceptable 30 years on
      from the tragic Roebourne death of young John Pat, that
      questions are still being raised as to one’s safety in a WA
      lock-up" said ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington.
      ALSWA’s submission to the Community Development and Justice
      Standing Committee was cited heavily in the report and the
      state’s peak Aboriginal legal service provider hopes this
      report is finally the document that signals change in
      addressing the urgency of this situation. ... "


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      ALSWA SAYS HURRY UP & IMPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: ALSWA says hurry up & implement recommendations
      http://thestringer.com.au/alswa-says-hurry-up-implement-recommendations/
      3 Dec 13: "The Aboriginal Legal Services Western Australia
      (ALSWA) has endorsed a recent report by a parliamentary
      inquiry committee into police services and custodial
      situations. ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington however said that
      endorsement is one thing and implementation of the
      recommendations another matter. If the recommendations are
      not followed through then the report is more waste. Earlier
      this year, ALSWA presented its own findings to the
      Community and Justice Standing committee. ALSWA’s legal
      services director, Peter Collins criticised not only the
      police, ... but also slammed Government legislation ... "
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * THE WIRE:
      YOUTH INCARCERATION RATES DROP
      BUT INDIGENOUS KIDS LEFT IN THE LOCK-UP
      [FEATURING TIM BEARD & JOHN MACKENZI]



      - Audio Interview

      The Wire:
      Youth incarceration rates drop but indigenous kids left in the lock-up

      Produced by Eliza Goetze
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=11138
      10 Dec 13: "One in two Australians in juvenile detention
      are Indigenous, which means Indigenous youths are 31 times
      more likely to be locked up than their non-Indigenous
      counterparts. It's a gap that's widening, according to a
      report released today by the Australian Institute of Health
      and Welfare. While overall rates of youth incarceration
      have gone down, indigenous children are still being
      detained at the same rate they were four years ago.
      According to an Aboriginal legal service expert, more
      children’s court magistrates and diversionary programs are
      badly needed in remote and regional communities in order
      to close the gap. ...
      Featured in story:
      * Tim Beard, leader of the Child Welfare and Prisoner Health Unit,
      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
      * John Mackenzi, Chief Legal Officer,
      Aboriginal Legal Service of NSW/ACT"


      * GREENS SENATORS RACHEL SIEWERT & PENNY WRIGHT:
      WA'S ABORIGINAL YOUTH DETENTION RATE REQUIRES URGENT ACTION



      - Media Release

      Greens Senators Rachel Siewert & Penny Wright:
      WA's Aboriginal youth detention rate requires urgent action

      Rachel Siewert: http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/wa%E2%80%99s-aboriginal-youth-detention-rate-requires-urgent-action
      Penny Wright: http://penny-wright.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/wa%E2%80%99s-aboriginal-youth-detention-rate-requires-urgent-action
      10 Dec 13: "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues / Attorney General
      The Australian Greens said today that the alarmingly high
      rate of Aboriginal youth detention is a disgrace, and
      called on the WA Government to urgently invest in in
      Justice Reinvestment.
      The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's ‘Youth
      detention population in Australia 2013' report has found
      that in the June quarter of 2013, the ratio of Aboriginal
      to non-Aboriginal youth aged 10-17 in detention in WA was
      60 to 1, compared to the national ratio of around 31 to 1.
      "This ratio is a sharp reminder that current policies are
      failing to help young Aboriginal people around Australia
      and particularly in WA," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian
      Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander Issues said today. ...
      "We need Federal leadership for a new approach across the
      country to fix what is clearly a very broken system," said
      Australian Greens spokesperson on legal affairs, Senator
      Penny Wright.
      "Shocking figures like these are why the Greens have been
      lobbying hard for a new Justice Reinvestment approach to
      crime which emphasises the need to strengthen communities
      and invest resources to prevent crime in the first place.""


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      ABORIGINAL YOUTH BEHIND BARS
      - GAP WIDENS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Aboriginal youth behind bars - gap widens
      http://thestringer.com.au/aboriginal-youth-behind-bars-gap-widens/
      12 Dec 13: "The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s
      (AIHW) annual report showed that the number of young
      Australians in detention (another word for jail) has
      decreased over the last several years. But this decrease
      does not apply to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
      youth. Their rate of detention (a gentler term applied to
      incarcerated youth) have increased markedly and their total
      numbers in detention have increased marginally. According
      to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare,
      Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander youth are now 31
      times more likely to be in detention than non-Indigenous
      children. ... " By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * SIMON LAUDER, ABC NEWS:
      YOUNG INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS REMAIN OVER-REPRESENTED IN DETENTION:
      REPORT



      - Audio

      ABC News:
      Young Indigenous Australians remain over-represented in detention: report

      AM By Simon Lauder
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-10/young-indigenous-australians-still-over-represented-in-detention/5145944?section=wa
      10 Dec 13: "A new report shows Indigenous young people
      continue to be seriously over-represented within the
      juvenile detention system, despite a fall in the overall
      rates of youth sentenced. ... The institute's Tim Beard
      says one in every two young people in detention is Indigenous.
      "As per previous years the rates of Indigenous young people
      are very high compared to their relative proportion in the
      population," Mr Beard said. "Indigenous young people are
      about 31 times more likely than their non-Indigenous
      counterparts to end up in detention, ... "" By Simon Lauder,
      an ABC reporter based in Sydney, regularly contributing for AM


      * NATALIE AHMAT, NITV NEWS:
      INDIGENOUS YOUTHS OVERREPRESENTED IN DETENTION CENTRES:
      REPORT



      - Video

      NITV News:
      Indigenous youths overrepresented in detention centres: report

      By Natalie Ahmat; Source NITV News
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/12/10/report-reveals-one-every-two-young-people-detention-are-indigenous
      10 Dec 13: "A new report has revealed that Aboriginal youth
      are overrepresented in detention centres. ... But Mr Beard
      says there has also been an increase in the ratio of
      Indigenous youth entering detention. "Indigenous numbers
      and Indigenous rates remain stable over the four year
      period where as non-Indigenous young people have been
      coming into detention at a much lower rate," said Mr Beard.
      The rate of Indigenous juveniles in detention remains a
      growing problem, with one in every two young person in
      detention identifying as Indigenous." By Natalie Ahmat


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      PRISON DIVERSION PROGRAMS NOT MEETING NEEDS OF INDIGENOUS OFFENDERS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      Prison diversion programs not meeting needs of Indigenous offenders

      http://thestringer.com.au/prison-diversion-programs-not-meeting-needs-of-indigenous-offenders/
      7 Dec 13: "Any program is only as good as its design and
      engagement principles, and it has been my experience as a
      researcher in custodial systems and in the veils and layers
      of various racism that most prison diversionary programs
      are ineffective – because they are piecemeal and short-term
      and therefore short-sighted. In terms of Australia’s vast
      and increasingly expensive penal estate – Australia’s bent
      for one prison after another, and its subsequent drive for
      the privatisation of a significant portion of the penal
      estate pre-release prison programs are not everything that
      they should be while post-release programs are almost
      non-existent." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * MICHAEL COGGAN, ABC NEWS:
      SPECIALIST DOCTOR QUITS NT ALCOHOL REHABILITATION PROGRAM IN PROTEST



      - News

      ABC News:
      Specialist doctor quits NT alcohol rehabilitation program in protest

      Lateline By Michael Coggan
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-29/nt-doctor-quits-alcohol-rehab-program/5123996?section=nt
      6 Dec 13: "A doctor who played a key role in establishing
      the Northern Territory Government's new mandatory alcohol
      rehabilitation program has quit in protest at the way the
      program has been run, as well as the treatment of Aboriginal
      drinkers. Addictive medicine specialist Lee Nixon says he
      hopes his decision to speak out will prompt the Government
      to rethink its reluctance to stem the flow of alcohol in the
      Territory. ... He agreed to help set up the mandatory rehab
      program to make sure it was done properly, but now he is
      packing his bags in protest and heading home to New Zealand."
      By Michael Coggan

      Michael Coggan - ABC News
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/michael-coggan/167020
      "Michael Coggan has been reporting on Northern Territory
      issues since 1996, and has been the Darwin correspondent
      for Radio Current Affairs."


      See:

      Background to the NT Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill,
      Northern Territory Government, Australia

      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/03/background-to-the-nt-alcohol-mandatory-treatment-bill-northern-territory-government-austr
      (Last updated: 30 November 2013)


      * BACKGROUND TO JUSTICE REINVESTMENT,
      ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND
      ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY:


      Last updated: 30 November 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

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