25 Jul 2016

Boys teargassed while in confinement

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:09 pm on 25 July 2016

Shocking footage showing boys at a Northern Territory youth justice centre being tear gassed while locked in their cells will air on Australian tv tonight.  The ABC current affairs show, Four corners, obtained the CCTV footage from the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre in Darwin, and has released some of it on the ABC website ahead of the screning of a documentary this evening.

A basic toilet and plastic chair inside a cell in the isolation wing of the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.

A basic toilet and plastic chair inside a cell in the isolation wing of the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. Photo: ABC / Four Corners

The detention centre had already been under investigation after it was previously revealed that children were being held in unlawful isolation, inside bare rooms. There were also claims from former inmates that staff at the facility made teenagers fight and eat animal faeces for rewards of junk food.  

Human Rights lawyer, Ruth Barson appears in the documentary and has seen the footage.