Report calls Australian Aboriginal policy 'genocide'
May 20, 1997
Web posted at: 4:22 p.m. EDT (2022 GMT)
SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) -- A government-appointed inquiry has
concluded that Australia's former policy of taking Aboriginal
children from their parents for integration into white
society amounted to "genocide" and a "crime against
Sir Ronald Wilson, president of Australia's Human Rights
Commission, agreed that the policy -- which wasn't discarded
until the 1960s -- was "attempted genocide."
Social Justice Commissioner Mick Dodson, the Aboriginal
leader who headed the inquiry, said an apology would be "a
very good beginning" toward making reparations.
Aboriginal children were taken from their homes beginning in
the 1880s for forced assimilation. They were raised on
government and church missions in remote, outback locations
where abuse was widespread.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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