Treatment of children at Don Dale prison could amount to torture, says UN

Special rapporteur Juan Mendez says public officials who covered up the acts at Darwin’s juvenile detention centre could also be guilty of torture

The treatment of Indigenous children in a Northern Territory youth prison could amount to torture under international criminal law, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, has said.

Mendez said any public officials who covered up the treatment of children at Darwin’s Don Dale youth detention centre could also be guilty of torture as defined in the convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, which includes acts done “with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity”.

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