Australia has violated the rights of a 16-year-old Aboriginal boy kept in isolation without clothes and blankets in a New South Wales adult prison, the United Nations has found.
Corey Brough, who has a mild intellectual disability, was 16 when he took part in a riot at the Kariong Juvenile Detention Centre in March, 1999.
After the riot, he was transferred to an adult prison, Parklea Correctional Centre, and kept in isolation, given anti-psychotic drugs, and had all his clothing removed.
He was allegedly held in a cell by himself under continuous artificial lighting for up to three days at a time.
Within eight days of arriving at the adult prison, Brough had “self-harmed”.
This is not simply a law and order issue.