A teenager says he was deprived of food, repeatedly strip-searched and forced to defecate in his pillowcase while in youth detention in Australia. Images of Dylan Voller wearing shackles and a spit hood caused outrage when they were aired on television in July. They prompted the government to appoint a royal commission into youth detention in the Northern Territory. Last year Amnesty International described the regime at the centre as "institutionalised brutality" , with teenagers being held in solitary confinement with no access to light or water for long periods. Testifying on Monday, Voller recounted the incident where he was placed in a restraint chair for almost two hours wearing a spit hood - a device designed to prevent the wearer spitting or biting. I was getting agitated because the officer holding the camera was sitting there," Voller said on Monday.
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Australian women have described their fear as they were dragged off a flight, locked in an ambulance and subjected to invasive examinations. Australian women have described their fear as they were dragged off a Sydney-bound plane by Qatari authorities and forced to undergo invasive examinations after the discovery of an abandoned baby at the airport. The ABC has spoken to two women who were passengers on Qatar Airways flight to Sydney, which was delayed for hours after the premature baby was found alive in an airport bathroom. There was an elderly woman who was vision impaired and she had to go too. The other woman told the ABC she was taken to an ambulance and locked inside with a female nurse. She told the ABC she was forced to take off her clothes and was inspected and touched by the nurse. The first woman who spoke to the ABC said while she respected Qatari law she was considering legal action.
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Qatar has said it will investigate allegations that women booked on 10 flights were subjected to invasive examinations at an airport in Doha. The women were checked for whether they had given birth after a baby was found in a bin at Hamad Airport on 2 October. Eighteen women were taken off one plane - among them two British women and 13 Australian citizens - but not all were ultimately examined. It said the baby girl had been found in a plastic bag, buried under rubbish, prompting an "immediate search for the parents, including on flights in the vicinity of where the newborn was found".
The police minister for the state of New South Wales, David Elliott, acknowledged that officers had not always abided by standard procedures in conducting strip searches of children, which are legal if the circumstances are urgent and a parent or guardian is present. But he said that if drugs were uncovered in the process, parents would nonetheless be happy. Civil liberties advocates strenuously disagreed.