120601-MEDIA STATEMENT – WGAR supports the Yolngu statement opposing the Stronger Futures laws
MEDIA STATEMENT 1 June 2012
WGAR supports the Yolngu statement opposing the Stronger Futures laws
The Working Group for Aboriginal Rights stands in solidarity with the Yolngu Nations Assembly and strongly supports the Yolngu’s right to be independent and free nations living under their own Law.
WGAR understands that the Stronger Futures legislation, as an extension of Australian Government’s Northern Territory Intervention into Aboriginal communities, is a colonial imposition on the owners of Country, who have never ceded their sovereignty and have maintained their own Law and customs for millennia.
When the NT delegation to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial discrimination (CERD) presented their opposition to the NT Intervention in August 2011, the CERD recommended that the Australian Government enter into Treaty negotiations with the owners of Country:
‘ … the Committee recommends that the State party consider the negotiation of a treaty agreement to build a constructive and sustained relationship with Indigenous peoples.’
[CERD/C/AUS/CO/15-17 27 August 2011]
We recommend that it is high time that all political parties cease the denial of the true sovereign rights of First Nations Peoples and commence serious negotiations for a meaningful future, in which First Nations Peoples take their proper place in this land, once again.
Winata Puru and Ffionnan Brooke-Watson
on behalf of Working Group for Aboriginal Rights, Australia
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WGAR News: Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement concerning ‘Stronger Futures’ laws and NT policies (4 May 12)
WGAR News: Several organisations express support for the Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement (10 May 12)
WGAR News: More organisations state support for the Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement (11 May 12)
WGAR News: Ampilatwatja Community Leaders give their full support to Yolngu Nations Assembly (30 May 12)
Respect and Listen compilation:
“Statements and Media Releases … calling to abandon the Stronger Futures Legislation and supporting the Yolŋu Nations Assembly Statement”
‘concerned Australians’ compilation:
Churches, Religious, Organisations and Reconciliation Groups
“Calls to Abandon the Stronger Futures Legislation, and Calls to Support the Yolngu Nations Assembly Statement”