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A lawyer who fled a long-running civil war in Sudan says a spate of African gang violence in Melbourne should be regarded as an Australian youth issue.
Refugee Nyadol Nyuon has blasted a call from federal Liberal MP Jason Wood for African youths to be deported if they are convicted of a violent crime, home invasion or carjacking.'We should focus on this issue as an issue going wrong in Australia as an issue affecting Australian youth,' she told the ABC's The Drum program on Tuesday.'The moment we make it a South Sudanese issue then we begin to have conversations about deporting people.'Ms Nyuon, who arrived in Australia with her family in 2005 to flee the long-running Sudanese civil war, rejected a suggestion from ABC presenter Adam Spencer to at least take account of African youth gangs having an ethnic 'commonality'.'That will begin to show an insight into us thinking of these kids as if they are some "other people",' she said.'They're not other people.
The RCMP's operational response is based on cultural awareness and sensitivity to the issues involved in policing Indigenous communities.
In order to ensure an appropriate and culturally effective policing response, the RCMP has a number of initiatives in place.
The data also found that police solve almost 90% of homicides of Indigenous women and girls; the clearance rate for Indigenous women was 88% versus 89% for non-Indigenous women.
They are Australian young people having problems that the Australian community needs to collectively deal with.'The 30-year-old Ethiopian-born former refugee's comments have echoes of Victoria's Labor Police Minister Lisa Neville who last week denied the spate of gang violence across Melbourne was an 'African youth problem'.
Local superintentent Theresa Fitzgerald also denied there was an African gang problem, only to be contradicted a day later by Acting Police Commissioner Shane Patton who acknowleged there was 'a small cohort of African youth who are committing high-end crimes'.
The resulting 2014 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview, and the subsequent 2015 Update to the National Operational Overview, provided the most comprehensive and accurate statistics available to date on the extent of the problem of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), incorporating data from police forces Canada-wide.
The 2014 report found 1,181 police-recorded incidents of Indigenous female homicides between 19, and missing Indigenous females dating back to 1951.