121221 – UN Human Rights Committee asks Australia to explain human rights record: HRLC

* HRLC: UN Human Rights Committee asks Australia to explain
human rights record
* Background: Calls for ‘Stronger Futures’ laws to be
subject to Human Rights scrutiny
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* 3CR Community Radio interviews with activists
Robbie Thorpe and Gary Foley
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* Phillip Adams, Late Night Live, interviews
Prof’s. Marcia Langton and Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh
on Native Title 20 years on
* Background to Mabo and Native Title

* Other articles

* HRLC:
UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE ASKS AUSTRALIA
TO EXPLAIN HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD

– News

Human Rights Law Centre:
UN Human Rights Committee asks Australia to explain
human rights record
http://www.hrlc.org.au/un-human-rights-committee-asks-australia-to-explain-human-rights-record
19 Dec 12: “The UN Human Rights Committee has asked
Australia to explain how a range of laws, policies and
practices are compatible with international human rights
standards ahead of a major review of Australia’s human
rights record. … “The expert treaty body has asked the
government to explain, for example, how Australia can
adequately protect human rights in the absence of a national
Human Rights Act. It has also raised prima facie concerns
with issues such as … the human rights compatibility of
the continuing Northern Territory intervention, … said
Mr Schokman. [HRLC’s Director of International Human Rights
Advocacy, Ben Schokman] … The Committee also expressed
concern about the “disproportionately high rate of
incarceration of Indigenous people””

See:

Human Rights Law Centre: Focus area – Indigenous rights
http://www.hrlc.org.au/category/focus-areas/focus-areaindigenous-rights
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to
experience significant disadvantage, discrimination and
disempowerment. The United Nations Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a framework for the
empowerment of Australia’s First Peoples. The Human Rights
Law Centre works with ATSI organisations to ensure that the
principles in this Declaration – including the principles
of self-determination, land and cultural rights, and
participation in decision-making processes – are reflected
and enshrined in Australian law, policy, practice and
institutions.”

Human Rights Law Centre: What we do
Freedom. Respect. Equality. Dignity. Action.
http://www.hrlc.org.au/about/what-we-do
“The Human Rights Law Centre is dedicated to promoting and
protecting human rights in Australia and beyond. We do this
through a strategic combination of evidence-based advocacy,
research, litigation and education.”

* BACKGROUND:
CALLS FOR ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LAWS TO BE SUBJECT TO
HUMAN RIGHTS SCRUTINY

Last updated: 2 August 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/07/background-calls-for-stronger-futures-laws-to-be-subject-to-human-rights-scrutiny

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

Last updated: 17 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

* 3CR COMMUNITY RADIO INTERVIEWS WITH ACTIVISTS
ROBBIE THORPE AND GARY FOLEY:

– Audio Interviews

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Earth Matters – 17 Dec 2012
[listen to this program online] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2012-12-16-62323.mp3
17 Dec 12: “Dubious as the political motives of self
appointed (ab)Original spokesperson Marcia Langton may be
– it continues to throw the debate on the relationship
between “Greenies” & the Sovereignty movement wide open to a
discourse largely neglected by the middle left enviro players.
Gunnai Sovereignty activist Robbie Thorpe & Clare Land
(3CR’s Fire First Show), Cam Walker (Friends of the Earth)
& Gumbaynggirr activist & scholar Gary Foley discuss this
crucial subject. Also, Miranda Gibson celebrates the one year
mark in The Oberver Tree (observertree.org).”

See:

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Who we are
http://www.3cr.org.au/about_3CR
“The radio station was established in 1976 to provide a
voice for those denied access to the mass media,
particularly the working class, women, Indigenous people
and the many community groups and community issues
discriminated against in and by the mass media. … Many
3CR broadcasters are community activists and therefore
uniquely placed to present alternative current affairs,
news and views. 3CR stages a number of special broadcasts
annually to promote human rights issues including
Aboriginal rights, women’s rights and worker’s rights.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 19 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* PHILLIP ADAMS, LATE NIGHT LIVE, INTERVIEWS
PROF’S. MARCIA LANGTON AND CIARAN O’FAIRCHEALLAIGH
ON NATIVE TITLE 20 YEARS ON:

– Audio Interview

ABC Radio National, Late Night Live: Native Title 20 years on
Producer: Ann Arnold; Presenter: Phillip Adams
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/native-title-20-years-on/4415454
18 Dec 12: “It’s been twenty years since the High Court’s
Mabo judgment. With Professor Marcia Langton from Melbourne
University, and Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh from
Griffith University, we canvass whether this ground-breaking
legislation has delivered on its promise for Indigenous
people. …
Guests:
* Professor Marcia Langton, Foundation Chair of
Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne
* Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh,
Professor of politics and public policy at Griffith University”

See:

ABC Radio National:
In Bed With Phillip – 20 Years of Late Night Live
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/features/inbedwithphillip/
“Phillip Adams has presented Late Night Live on ABC Radio
National for 20 years. To thank our listeners, the LNL team
have revisited the ten thousand interviews in our vault,
and picked out the very best.”

* BACKGROUND TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

Last updated: 5 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Video

ABC: NAPLAN results show gap remains for Indigenous students
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-18/naplan-results-show-a-decline-in-numeracy-skills/4434738
18 Dec 12: “The nationwide NAPLAN test for primary and high
school students shows a decline in numeracy skills and a
wide gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.”

– News

ABC Indigenous: Culture seen as key to Indigenous education
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-19/culture-seen-as-key-to-indigenous-education/4435752/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
19 Dec 12: “Indigenous educators say introducing Aboriginal
culture to school curriculums could improve attendance and
learning. The Federal Government is promising to focus on
Indigenous education, after its latest NAPLAN national
report showed Indigenous students were not catching up to
the mainstream. The CEO of the Cape York Aboriginal
Australian Academy, Danielle Toon, says local culture is
promoted and explored in the three schools it manages. She
says this makes parents more likely to send their children
to school.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Anti-uranium campaigners celebrate Wiluna decision delay
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7708-anti-uranium-campaigners-celebrate-wiluna-decision-delay
19 Dec 12: “The Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has
delayed his decision on the approval of a uranium mine in
Western Australia. Mr. Burke has pushed back the decision
for Toro Energy’s mine at Wiluna in the state’s mid-west
until the 31st of March next year. Co-Chair of the
Australian Nuclear Free Alliance Peter Watts says it’s good
news not just for Aboriginal people who are fighting
against the mine at Wiluna, but those who are opposed to
uranium mining throughout the country.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
“No evidence” of community improvements from income management
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7704-qno-evidenceq-of-community-improvements-from-income-management
18 Dec 12: “A prominent social researcher says there’s no
evidence of a positive impact of income management in
Indigenous communities and questions Government plans to
extend the scheme. Eva Cox from the Junbunna House of
Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney says the
system in the Northern Territory doesn’t improve the
financial standing of Aboriginal people. Ms. Cox says a
recent Government-funded report shows no evidence to
support income management.”

Koori Mail: Stolen pay blow
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
17 Dec 12: “THE Queensland Government says it won’t pay any
more stolen wages, despite claims from hundreds of elderly
Indigenous victims and pleas from unions and others. The
Government’s stance – made clear to the Koori Mail by a
spokesman for Premier Campbell Newman – has come as a blow
to many aged Indigenous former workers in the lead-up to
what shapes as a bleak Christmas. They say they have been
left thousands of dollars out of pocket after their wages
‘disappeared’, and high and dry by a scheme that has paid
some claimants, but denied others.”

Koori Mail: Mental health report recs welcomed
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
17 Dec 12: “ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander
organisations have backed the National Mental Health
Commission’s first national report card into mental health
and suicide prevention, ‘A Contributing Life’. The Lowitja
Institute and the National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples were amongst those that welcomed the report card,
especially a recommendation that the mental health of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples be included
in federal ‘Closing the Gap’ targets.”

Koori Mail: Gooda calls for new approach
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
17 Dec 12: “ABORIGINAL and Social Justice Commissioner Mick
Gooda has used the launch of his annual social justice and
native title reports to plead with governments to give
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians a chance
to ‘take control’. “Effective Indigenous governance must
start with us, with our peoples and our communities,” Mr
Gooda said. However, he said Indigenous communities had not
been properly supported, enabled or empowered in the past
and a new approach was required.”

Koori Mail: Recognition closer
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
17 Dec 12: “LEGISLATION that recognises Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islanders as ‘the first inhabitants of
Australia’ has been introduced into Federal Parliament.
Federal Indigenous Affairs minister Jenny Macklin announced
in September that the Government realised there was not
currently enough community awareness or support for a
successful referendum. Instead, the major parties agreed to
legislate recognition, to keep the referendum process in
motion. On 28 November, Ms Macklin introduced the Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012
into the Lower House.”

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