02/06/2011 Global Call to Action: Petition calling on PM Julia Gillard to end the NT Intervention

Contents:
* Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Richard Downs and Barbara Shaw at
the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York
* Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill:
45th Anniversary Commemoration – 26-28 August 2011
* Global Call to Action for Aboriginal Rights:
Petition calling on PM Julia Gillard to end the NT Intervention
* Statement by Navi Pillay at Human Rights Council 17th Session
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

NGARLA KUNOTH-MONKS, RICHARD DOWNS AND BARBARA SHAW
AT UN THE PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS RIGHTS IN NEW YORK:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 01-06-2011
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-01-06-2011
1 Jun 11: “A Central Australian Aboriginal delegation which
has just returned from the United nations says they were
disheartened by the Gillard Labor governments justification
of the Northern Territory Intervention at the Permanent
Forum on Indigenous Issues.”
[Includes comments by Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Richard Downs and Barbara Shaw.]

– News

Amnesty International Australia:
UN forum on Indigenous issues:
Intervention at odds with the right to self-determination
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/25801/
28 May 11: “”The Northern Territory Intervention is
completely at odds with the right to self-determination
outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples,” said Richard Downs and Ngarla Kunoth-Monks*.
Speaking from the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
in New York, the two Amnesty International sponsored
representatives called for the Australian Government to
recognise their basic human rights, instead of forcing
policies on them from on high, without free, prior and
informed consent. … Others joining the Amnesty
International delegation to the Forum are Monica Morgan and
Rodney Dillon, from the Indigenous Rights team with Amnesty
International Australia.”

See:

WGAR News: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, 16 to 27 May 2011
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/21/wgar-news-un-human-rights-high-commissioner-hears-from-nt-aboriginal-leaders

WGAR News: Interview with Richard Downs on the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues / Barbara Shaw at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (28 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/28/wgar-news-canberra-rally-june-14-2011-don%E2%80%99t-dump-on-the-nt-no-radioactive-waste-dump-at-m

See more about Ngarla Kunoth-Monks:
[Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, also known as Rosalie Kunoth-Monks.]

Aboriginal Elders’ Statement, signed by Rosalie Kunoth-Monks along with six other elders (7 Feb 11)
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Elders-statement-7-2-11.pdf

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Rosalie Kunoth on CAAMA Radio (10 Feb 11)
http://caama.com.au/rosalie-kunoth-on-caama-radio

WGAR News: A further conversation with Elders – impacts of living under the Intervention (25 Feb 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/02/25/wgar-news-a-further-conversation-with-elders-impacts-of-living-under-the-intervention

WGAR News: Elders speak out on the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention (21 Apr 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/21/wgar-news-elders-speak-out-on-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

See more about Richard Downs:

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

Six Videos by Eleanor Gilbert of Enlightning Productions:
Opening Protest House Ampilatwatja Walk-off NT:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/video/

WGAR News: Protest House at the Alyawarr people’s walk-off camp (16 Feb 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/02/16/wgar-news-protest-house-at-the-alyawarr-peoples-walk-off-camp-16-feb-10

WGAR News: Speeches from National call out by John Pilger & Richard Downs (3 May 10)
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/04/wgar-news-speeches-from-national-call-out-by-john-pilger-richard-downs-3-may-10

Frequency: Richard Downs & Harry Nelson Speaking at Melbourne University Ampilatwatja Walkoff & NT Intervention (14-16 Oct 10)
http://www.frequency.com/video/richard-downs-harry-nelson-speaking-at/4712568

See more about Barbara Shaw:

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group): Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

WGAR News: Darwin gathering for Aboriginal people living in prescribed areas under the NT Intervention, June 19-21, 2011
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/29/darwin-gathering-for-aboriginal-people-living-in-prescribed-areas-under-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Interview with Barbara Shaw, of the Intervention Rollback Action Group, on the NT Intervention (7 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/07/wgar-news-interviews-with-barb-shaw-and-michael-anderson-speeches-by-pat-anderson-and-les

WGAR News: Speech by Aboriginal activist Barbara Shaw on the NT Intervention (10 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/10/wgar-news-nt-nuclear-waste-dump-plans-contested

GURINDJI WALKOFF FROM WAVE HILL
45TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION
26-28 AUGUST 2011:

– Event

Gurindji Freedom Day – Northern Territory Australia:
Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill – 45th Anniversary Commemoration
http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/
“Dates: 26th – 28th August 2011
Background: Kalkarindji and Daguragu are on the traditional
homelands of the Gurindji people, and these communities are
linked to the Malgnin, Mudpurra, Bilinara, Ngarinman and
Warlpiri peoples through the historic Walkoff from Wave
Hill Station, which was initially established on Gurindji
traditional lands in 1883. At the time of the Walkoff, Wave
Hill Station had been owned by British Lord Vestey’s family
since 1914. The Gurindji Walkoff was initiated by Gurindji/
Malgnin leader, Vincent Lingiari, on 23 August 1966 and
lasted till 1974, an event which lit the fire that became
the national land rights movement. … “

GLOBAL CALL TO ACTION FOR ABORIGINAL RIGHTS:
PETITION CALLING ON PM JULIA GILLARD TO END THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Online Petition

Our Generation: Take Action:
Join the Global Call to Action for Aboriginal Rights
http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/action
“On 13th May 2011, Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM, senior
elder and Dhurili Clan Nation leader of the Yolngu peoples
of Northeast Arnhem Land, launched the Global Call to
Action for Aboriginal Rights outside Australia House in
London.
This petition calls on the Australian Prime Minister to end
the Northern Territory Intervention and other indigenous
policies that have been criticized by the United Nations for
their gross breach of human rights.
You can read the full petition below. It expresses the key
demands of the Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory
and human rights advocates from across Australia. It draws
from the Statement by Eminent Australians, made in February
2011, whose signatories include former prime minister
Malcolm Fraser, former Indigenous Affairs ministers, church
leaders, QCs, academics and Aboriginal leaders cross the
country. You can read their full statement at Concerned
Australians. http://concernedaustralians.com.au/

See:

Statement on Aboriginal Rights by leading Australians (Feb 11):
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Statement-by-Eminent-Australians.doc

WGAR News: Aboriginal elder Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra raises international awareness of the NT Intervention (14 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/14/wgar-news-aboriginal-elder-raises-international-awareness-of-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Global call to action for Aboriginal rights in Australia (17 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/17/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-for-aboriginal-rights-in-australia

STATEMENT BY NAVI PILLAY AT HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 17TH SESSION:

– Statement

United Nations Human Rights: Media centre:
Human Rights Council 17th Session
Opening Statement by Ms. Navi Pillay
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/Media.aspx?IsMediaPage=true
30 May 11: “While in Australia last week, I visited
immigration detention centres and met with representatives
of migrant, refugee and asylum seeker communities. The
urgent need for Australia to develop alternatives to the
current hardline and unsustainable immigration detention
policies, as well as to effectively counter new forms of
racism and Islamophobia emerging in this multicultural
society, is striking. I should add that while in Australia,
I also had the priviledge of visiting Aboriginal
communities in Northern Territory and Queensland, where I
learned first hand about the discrimination and
disadvantages facing indigenous peoples, as well as about
policy challenges for the Government in addressing them.
The unique identify of Aboriginal people deserves
Constitutional recognition, and with it better protection
in law and practice would follow.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

The Guardian: UN High Commissioner visit and the NT Intervention
http://www.cpa.org.au/guardian/2011/1503/10-un-high-commissioner.html
1 Jun 11: “The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi
Pillay, visited Australia last week and delivered a
diplomatic rebuke over two of the country’s most glaring,
ongoing human rights scandals. The major concerns of the
South African former high court judge were the inhumane
treatment of asylum seekers in detention … and the
Northern Territory Intervention. The Howard era policy
dating from 2007 is approaching its 2012 “sunset clause”
and assessments of the controversial invasion of remote
Aboriginal communities are being drawn up. Alternatives are
being considered.” Bob Briton

See:

WGAR News: UN Human Rights High Commissioner hears from NT Aboriginal leaders (21 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/21/wgar-news-un-human-rights-high-commissioner-hears-from-nt-aboriginal-leaders

WGAR News: UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, criticises the NT Intervention (26 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/26/wgar-news-un-human-rights-commissioner-navi-pillay-criticises-the-nt-intervention

WGAR News: Interview with UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, on the NT Intervention (29 May 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/29/wgar-news-interview-with-un-human-rights-commissioner-navi-pillay-on-the-nt-intervention

Navi Pillay’s concluding Press Conference statement in Canberra (25 May 11)
http://www.un.org.au/News.aspx?category=1&element=47&PKID=399
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11062&LangID=E

OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

Analysis / Opinion

WSWS: The Aboriginal “intervention” in Australia: four years on
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/may2011/ntin-m30.shtml
30 May 11: “As the fourth anniversary of the Northern
Territory (NT) intervention approaches, calls are being
made for a new round of regressive measures against
Aboriginal people, including a “second intervention”. …
As far as Labor is concerned, the first intervention has
already served its purpose as a spearhead for draconian
measures against welfare recipients. Any turn to a second
intervention against Aborigines would inevitably mean a
dramatic new escalation of the assault on the living
conditions of the most impoverished layers of the working
class throughout the country.” Susan Allan

Green Left: Shattering the matrix of media white washing
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47711
28 May 11: “The Australian media, collectively, does a
dismal job of telling the story of our silent apartheid,
the space between black and white Australians. The new
assimilation, well underway in the Northern Territory, has
the same intent as government policies of past eras, still
aiming to change Aboriginal people, restrict the importance
of their law, language and cultural practice, and move many
from their ancestral lands into new housing estates that,
we are promised, will materialise magically in great little
Aussie growth towns.” Jeff McMullen

– News

NT News: Court ‘required to ignore facts’
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/05/31/236831_ntnews.html
31 May 11: “CHIEF Justice Trevor Riley has taken advantage
of a ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court to take a
public swipe at the Federal intervention. He said the
intervention was a step backwards in the path to give
Aboriginal offenders equal treatment in Territory courts
because judges were no longer allowed to recognise
customary law or cultural practice. Under emergency laws
passed in 2007 judges were directed not to take into
account customary law or cultural practice as a reason for
offending.”

ABC: School attendance gap grows in NT
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/31/3232110.htm
31 May 11: “The latest report card on closing the education
gap in the Northern Territory shows a significant drop in
school attendance in remote Aboriginal communities. The
fall in attendance comes despite the existence of several
programs designed to get more children going to school.
Every six months, Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin delivers an update on the progress of the Northern
Territory Emergency Intervention. … The latest report
shows the gap is being closed in some areas, but not when
it comes to school attendance.”

– Audio

ABC Queensland Breakfast:
Income Management Scheme to be introduced for Rockhampton
http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2011/05/income-management-scheme-to-be-introduced-for-rockhampton.html
11 May 11: “In the Federal Budget last night the government
announced plans for Rockhampton to be part of the income
management scheme. The scheme is already in place in
indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and member
for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore lobbied the Prime
Minister to extend the scheme to those in Rockhampton on
government benefits who are experiencing financial crisis.
The Government has proposed extending the scheme to
Shepparton, Logan and Rockhampton region.”

BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
– NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/nt_intervention

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

Jobs with Justice:
http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):
http://maicollective.blogspot.com/

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:
http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

Amnesty International Australia:
Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/24460/

Defending Indigenous Rights:
http://defendingindigenousrights.wordpress.com/

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention:
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/intervention/index.html

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC:
Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2:
Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/files/Fact-Sheet-2-NT-Intervention.pdf

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/39732

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/


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