29/03/2011 Urgent UN Petition to restore Human Rights to NT Aboriginal People

* Urgent UN Petition to restore Human Rights to NT Aboriginal People
* Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other Aboriginal Articles


– Petition

‘concerned Australians’:
Restore Human Rights to NT Aboriginal People
“Letter to the Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay,
who will visit Australia in May.
Your signature is needed by 7 May.
Background information about the campain (PDF):
Letter / petition to Navi Pillay (PDF):
Electronic petition / letter:

Restore Human Rights to the Northern Territory Aboriginal People
Published by ‘concerned Australians’
26 Mar 11: “Target: Navi Pillay UN Human Rights Commissioner …
Web site: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au
Background (Preamble):
Navi Pillay, a former South Africa High Court Judge, is the
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She will
visit Australia in May.
This follows several years of criticism regarding
Australia’s poor human rights record and last year’s visit
to Geneva by Aboriginal elders who raised the Northern
Territory Intervention with the Committee for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The Northern Territory Intervention imposed in June 2007,
without consultation or the consent of Aboriginal people,
continues to be a source of grave injustice. It has
overridden the rights of the people, placed their culture
and languages in jeopardy while removing their control
over their land and communities. … “

Rollback the Intervention:
Urgent United Nations Petition
“Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights, will visit Australia in May. The Australian
Government is due to respond to the United Nations in
August on the complaint laid by Aboriginal people in the
Northern Territory to the Committee for the Elimination of
Racial Discrimination. Jenny Macklin is already campaigning
widely to convince the Australian public that the Racial
Discrimination Act has been fully reinstated whereas in
fact the Special Measures are still in place after nearly
four years. These measures continue to demonise and
demoralise many Aboriginal people and not just those living
in prescribed areas. …

Stop the Intervention:
Restore Human Rights to NT Aboriginal People
[scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/


– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 28-03-2011
28 Mar 11: “A leading Australian Aboriginal Rights
campaigner has challenged the Gillard Labor Governments
claim that the Racial Discrimination Act has been fully
reinstated in the Northern Territory.”

– News

Speaking tour a boost for Jobs with Justice campaign
Mar 11: “John Leemans, a Gurindji man and LHMU delegate
from Kalkarindji, Northern Territory, travelled to Sydney
and Brisbane to speak at worksites, union and community
meetings in March. John is an outspoken activist and
campaigner against the Northern Territory Intervention.
Last year he helped organise a workers’ strike in
Kalkarindji to protest the quarantining of Aboriginal
workers’ wages. Some workers in Kalkarindji are paid only
the equivalent of Newstart Allowance with half quarantined
onto a BasicsCard that can only be spent in certain stores.
… Get involved in the campaign:
http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/ ” Emma Torzillo

Green Left: Refugees put on income management
27 Mar 11: “In June 2010, the federal government passed
legislation allowing the extension of welfare quarantining
beyond the 73 Northern Territory remote communities that
were its first target. … The ALP government said it
extended the policy so that it could to apply to all
welfare recipients in the NT and therefore make it
non-discriminatory. But a March 10 Senate estimates
committee revealed that after more than six months of the
new, improved “non-racist” income management scheme, over
92.4% of those who have been forced onto income management
are Aboriginal.”

Koori Mail: PM urged to accept Abbott invitation
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
27 Mar 11: “ABORIGINAL MP Adam Giles has joined calls for
Prime Minister Julia Gillard to accept Opposition leader
Tony Abbott’s invitation to tour the Alice Springs town
camps together. Mr Abbott has called for a ‘new
intervention’ to combat crime and other social problems in
the town but Ms Gillard says he is merely politicking. Mr
Giles says the problems in Alice Springs need a
coordinated, bipartisan approach and the Government’s
response to date falls well short.”


Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER) – “The Intervention”

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):

‘concerned Australians’:

Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective:

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) – NT intervention:

Jobs with Justice:

Defending Indigenous Rights:

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):


– Media Releases

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
NACCHO: Community Support & Aboriginal Community Control
the Lynchpin of Closing the Gap
24 Mar 11: “NACCHO Chair Justin Mohamed congratulated
everyone involved the over 880 events around Australia
today expressing support for Closing the Gap and Aboriginal
community control of health.
People held diverse events in schools, offices, parks,
medical services and hospitals.
Mr Mohamed said, “In addition to the support from
community events, the Close the Gap breakfast in Parliament
House Canberra demonstrated the bipartisan political
support for the campaign”. …
“I was especially pleased to be able to highlight the
Aboriginal Health Workers in the frontline of our services.
They make the care we provide so much more effective in
reaching out to the community and often they don’t receive
the recognition they are due,” Mr Mohamed said.”

Rachel Siewert:
Senate backs Greens’ Motion on Deaths in Custody
24 Mar 11: “The Senate today formally acknowledged that
this year marks twenty years since of the release of the
Report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in
Custody, supporting a motion put by Senator Rachel Siewert,
Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Issues.
Senator Siewert said the Senate has drawn attention to the
continuing high rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people – a rate that continues to
rise in an alarming fashion.
“Twenty years after the Royal Commission we are still
seeing disproportionately high rates of deaths in custody
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Senator
Siewert said.
“It is disappointing that the majority of the
recommendations of the Royal Commission have not been
fully implemented. … “”

– News

Green Left: Police break Aboriginal picket line
27 Mar 11: “Victorian police led government officials
through a blockade set up by residents of the Lake Tyers
Aboriginal Trust in eastern Victoria, the Age said on March
23. Aboriginal women from the community set up the peaceful
blockade on March 8 — International Women’s Day. Organisers
have vowed to keep the blockade until Victoria’s Indigenous
affairs minister, Jeanette Powell, agrees to meet with the

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