14/06/2011 Australia rejects International Calls for Action

Contents:
* Australia rejects International Calls for Action
* Endorsing ‘An Alternative to the NT Intervention’ document
* Funds needed to take delegates to Darwin for
Prescribed Area Peoples’ Alliance gathering
* ‘Our Generation’ awarded ‘Best Campaign Film’
* Aboriginal Rights – Upcoming events around Australia
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other Aboriginal articles

AUSTRALIA REJECTS INTERNATIONAL CALLS FOR ACTION:

– Media Statement

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services:
Australia Again Ignores International Calls for Action
ALSWA: http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=183:australia-again-ignores-international-calls-for-action&catid=13:media-releases&Itemid=46
VALS: http://vals.org.au/law-reform-and-policy-development/media-releases
7 Jun 11: “In it’s official response to a comprehensive UN
human rights review, the Australian Government has again
rejected calls to action in regards to some of the nation’s
fundamental human rights issues.
This week the Australian Government delivered its official
response to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in
relation to the numerous recommendations made during
Australia’s Universal Periodic Review earlier this year.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal
Services (NATSILS) representative, and CEO of the
Aboriginal Legal Service Western Australia, Dennis
Eggington said that the Government’s disappointing
response to the recommendations shows that they are still
failing to take Australia’s human rights obligations
seriously.
“Numerous UN human rights institutions continue to repeat
the same calls for action and yet the Australian
Government continues to ignore them,” Mr Eggington said.”

– Audio

SBS Podcasts:
Rights groups critical as UN recommendations rejected
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/172141/Rights-groups-critical-as-UN-recommendations-rejected
10 Jun 11: “Australian human rights groups are strongly
criticising the federal government after its rejection of a
series of international recommendations for improvement.
The recommendations were made as part of the UN’s Universal
Periodic Review process, as Nikki Canning reports.”

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum Opinion: Australia’s humans rights obligations
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/2751170.html
8 Jun 11: “As pressure mounts on the Federal Government
over the “Malaysia solution”, Australia’s human rights
record will face further scrutiny from the international
community when it appears before the UN Human Rights
Council in Geneva today. … Back in January, three key
issues topped the international community’s concern:
Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, the
disadvantage and discrimination experienced by Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the lack of a Human
Rights Act or Charter.” Ben Schokman and Phil Lynch

– News

Human Rights Law Centre:
Australian Fronts UN to Defend Human Rights Record
http://www.hrlc.org.au/content/topics/international-human-rights-mechanisms/australian-fronts-un-to-defend-human-rights-record-8-june-2011/#more-7014
8 Jun 11: “Australia faced a hard sell to defend its human
rights record when it appeared before the UN Human Rights
Council in Geneva on 8 June 2011. … The Human Rights Law
Centre’s Ben Schokman said Australia faced close scrutiny
when it explained why it has rejected key recommendations
from the international community to review its policies
relating to the treatment of asylum seekers, the
disadvantage and discrimination experienced by Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the lack of a
Human Rights Act or Charter.”

Human Rights Law Centre:
Australia Issues Formal Response to UPR Recommendations
http://www.hrlc.org.au/content/news/latest-news/australia-issues-formal-response-to-upr-recommendations-6-june-2011/
6 Jun 11: “The Australian Government has today formally
responded to recommendations made by the UN’s Human Rights
Council in February this year, claiming it will accept, at
least in part, 90 percent of the recommendations arising
from the Universal Periodic Review process. Whilst
welcoming the majority of the Government’s response, the
Human Rights Law Centre’s Director of International Human
Rights Advocacy, Ben Schokman, said the ten percent the
Government has rejected contain some of the most
significant recommendations.”

ABC Radio Australia News:
UN human rights review takes aim at Australia
http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201106/3237104.htm
6 Jun 11: “The Australian Government has rejected calls by
the United Nations to remove children from mandatory
detention, saying Australia plans to continue to hold some
in minimum security centres. … The Government also
rejected a recommendation to compensate members of the
Stolen Generation, citing the apology delivered by former
prime minister Kevin Rudd in 2008.”

– Background Audio

3CR 855AM: WomenOnTheLine
[scroll down page] http://podcast.3cr.org.au/podcast.php?cat=WomenOnTheLine
[download the program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2010-10-11-70793.mp3
12 Oct 10: “Responding to the NT Emergency Response. Many
NT Aboriginal communities oppose the Intervention and it
has received international condemnation by the UN, Amnesty
International and the World Council of Churches. Giving us
the legal low-down on how it was possible is Emily Howie,
from the Human Rights Law Resource Centre. We also hear
from Marlene Hodder, a human rights activist in Alice
Springs, and speak to some Indigenous women from the NT
who are directly affected by the Intervention.”

– Background News and Media Releases

Human Rights Law Centre:
Universal Periodic Review – Media Coverage and Press Releases
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/content/universal-periodic-review-media/

ENDORSING ‘AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE NT INTERVENTION’ DOCUMENT:

– The Document itself

‘Rebuilding from the Ground Up
– An Alternative to the NT Intervention’

IRAG: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-working-doc-14-5-11.pdf

Jumbunna: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/newmedia/RebuildingGroundUp12_5_11.pdf

STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
[After the document on the STICS website, there is a list
of extra references that are useful for further research.
Note that these references do not form part of the original
document for which endorsements are being sought.]

– Instructions for endorsing the document and
list of current endorsements

IRAG: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/alternative-to-the-intervention/

STICS: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention

– News

Green Left:
Statement canvasses alternatives to NT intervention
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47876
11 Jun 11: “There are alternatives to the federal
government’s NT intervention into Aboriginal communities,
and some of the key ones have been brought together in a
new statement that has won the support of Aboriginal
community leaders and other groups and individuals. The
statement, “Rebuilding from the Ground Up: An Alternative
to the NT Intervention”, is available on the Jumbunna
Aboriginal Education Centre website. … “Rebuilding from
the Ground Up” will be launched in Darwin on June 21, after
the Prescribed Area People’s Alliance – a group of
Aboriginal people affected by the NT intervention – has
met to ratify it.” Simon Butler

FUNDS NEEDED TO TAKE DELEGATES TO DARWIN FOR PRESCRIBED AREA PEOPLES’ ALLIANCE GATHERING:

Rollback the Intervention: Welcome to IRAG Alice Springs!
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
“URGENT FUNDRAISING
We have booked and paid for one bus to take delegates from
remote communities in Central Australia to Darwin for
Prescribed Area Peoples’ Alliance meetings on 19-20 June
and rally on 21st June.
Funds are desperately needed for another bus to take the
overflow as many communities want to be represented at this
important gathering. The first one has been secured and
paid for.
Donations have come from many people (and they will be
personally acknowledged in the near future). But we still
need $5,000 to pay for another bus. Groups are fundraising
around the country. We hope to meet the target but, of
course, taking extra people means extra food costs. We
remain optimistic will be able to bring together a range of
delegates from around the Northern Territory to discuss how
to take control of (and responsibility for) their lives and
make a strong public statement that they will not be
silenced.”

How to make a donation: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/fundraising/

‘OUR GENERATION’ AWARDED ‘BEST CAMPAIGN FILM’

Our Generation: ‘Best Campaign Film’ Award
[scroll down page] http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/press/
“OUR GENERATION has been voted ‘Best Campaign Film’ during
the awards ceremony of the London International Documentary
Festival 2011. This follows its International Premiere at
the Barbican Centre on 15th May.”

ABORIGINAL RIGHTS – UPCOMING EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA – FROM 14 JUNE 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

27 May to Sun 9 October 2011: Kalgoorlie, WA
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Tue 14 June 2011: Canberra, ACT
Rally: Don’t dump on the Territory
– No national radioactive waste dump at Muckaty
Event details: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2011/05/22/june-14-canberra-rally/
Poster: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/muckaty-rally-14-june.pdf

Sun 19 – Mon 20 June 2011: Darwin, NT
Prescribed Area Peoples’ Alliance Meeting
Including finalisation of the “Rebuilding from the ground up”
alternative document
Event details: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/funding-appeal-papa-27-4-11.pdf
Event info: [scroll down page] http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/alternative-to-the-intervention/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention
Alternatives document plus extra references: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
Alternatives document plus some overviews, references and videos: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html
Poster: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/darwin-poster1.jpg

Mon 20 – Wed 22 June 2011: Canberra, ACT
Aboriginal Embassy symposium
Event locations and details: http://acih.anu.edu.au/events/aboriginal-embassy-symposium

Mon 20 June 2011: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Bankstown Income Management Forum
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/bankstown-income-management-forum-june-20
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/Bankstown_BasicsCard_Forum-20-6-11.pdf

Tue 21 June 2011: Darwin, NT
Rally: 4 Years Too Long – Stop the Intervention
Including launch of “Rebuilding from the ground up” document
Event details: [scroll down page] http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/alternative-to-the-intervention/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention
Alternatives document plus extra references: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
Alternatives document plus some overviews, references and videos: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html
Poster: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/darwin-poster1.jpg

Tue 21 June 2011: Melbourne, Vic
Speakout: Four years too long. Stop the Intervention!
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/47766

Sat 25 June 2011: Sydney, NSW
Rally to stop the NT Intervention – Four years of racist shame
Including Sydney launch of alternative document
“Rebuilding from the ground up”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/sydney-rally-to-stop-the-northern-territory-intervention
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Endorsing alternatives document: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention
Alternatives document plus extra references: http://stoptheintervention.org/alternatives-to-the-intervention/rebuilding-from-the-ground-up-an-alternative-to-the-nt-intervention
Alternatives document plus some overviews, references and videos: http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/alternatives.html
Media Release: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/gillard-cannot-face-gruesome-intervention-facts-sydney-protest-planned-10-6-11
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/25-6-11-Stop-Intervention.pdf

Wed 29 June 2011: Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Part of the Guringai Festival
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/

Tue 9 August 2011: Adelaide, SA
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/

Wed 10 August 2011: Manly, Sydney, NSW
‘Our Generation’ Community Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/

Fri 26 – Sun 28 August 2011: Kalkarindji/Daguragu, NT
Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill
– 45th Anniversary Commemoration
Event location and details: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/

Fri 4 November 2011 to February 2012: Townsville, Qld
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Message

Message to Prime Minster Julia Gillard
and Minister Jenny Macklin
http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/message-for-minister-macklin-7-6-11.pdf
7 Jun 11: “Little Children Are Sacred Report is important.
We need to follow the recommendations properly and honestly
to make life better for everyone. Rollback the
Intervention. We don’t want a new one. We come this far
from 20s and 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s. We don’t want to go
backwards. Please, we want to go forward. We Aboriginal
people are professionals in our own culture and traditions.
We need to be given self determination to follow our own
destinations and make a clear path for our future and the
future of our children. … ” Raelene Silverton,
Chairperson, Uruna Potara Aboriginal Corporation

– News

‘concerned Australians’:
Aboriginal Leaders meet Navi Pillay in Darwin 20 May 2011
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#Aboriginal_Leaders_meet_Navi_Pillay
“Leaders from 20 different communities spent several hours
with the UN Human Rights Commissioner telling her of their
concerns about the loss of their rights under the
Intervention. Thank you to those organisations who assisted
in making this meeting possible. Statement by the Human
Rights Commissioner (coming soon)”

‘concerned Australians’:
Letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/#Letter_to_Navi_Pillay
“We would like to sincerely thank all who added their name
to this letter to Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights. Just over 6,500 signatures were presented by
Djapirri Mununggirritj to the Commissioner in Darwin on
Friday 20th May. Signatures were collected from every State
and Territory and a large percentage were from NT towns and
communities.”

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

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

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

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

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/

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention factsheet:
http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

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/

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Audio

SBS Audio and Language:
Aboriginal Languages To Help Close The Gap
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/172271/t/Aboriginal-Languages-To-Help-Close-The-Gap/in/english
10 Jun 11: “The new Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in New
South Wales has announced an investigation by his
department, of Aboriginal language opportunities in the
state’s schools. Victor Dominello says he wants to know
which schools teach Aboriginal languages, which don’t, and
why. Minister Dominello says he’s been told by communities
across the state, that organised language classes within
New South Wales schools, is a meaningful way to help close
the gap.” Michelle Lovegrove

– Estimates Transcripts

Greens: Scott Ludlam:
National Radioactive Waste Management Bill
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/transcript/national-radioactive-waste-management-bill
10 Jun 11: “Senator Ludlam asked: There is serious dispute
over tenure that you are no doubt aware of already that is
in the Federal Court at the moment. The Government is
moving ahead to pass legislation anyway. I am not aware how
you will apply your process when the actual ownership of
the land is yet to be determined. Will you be forced to
wait until that question has been?
Answer: ARPANSA’s reporting under the Environmental
Protection and Biodiversity Act referral process and the
licensing of any proposed waste facility on the nominated
site under the ARPANS Act and Regulations will not be
affected by the outcome of the Federal Court proceedings
and decisions made on the legal title of the land.”


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