24/03/09: ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA APPEALS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

Contents:
Media Release
News
Letters & Statements sent to Barack Obama
Further Detail via Weblinks

MEDIA RELEASE:

Intervention Rollback Action Group: Aboriginal people brief
Barack Obama before his meeting with Kevin Rudd
Sydney Indymedia: http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/media-release-aboriginal-people-brief-barack-obama-his-meeting-kevin-rudd
International Indybay: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/23/18580974.php
20 Mar 09: “Aboriginal people from many parts of Australia,
including the NT homelands, are expressing their strong
opposition to their treatment by the Australian Government
in statements sent to US President Obama this week. …
Barbara Shaw from Mt Nancy town camp in Alice Springs wrote
to President Obama:  … We are asking you to raise these
matters with Kevin Rudd when you meet with him this month.
Our people are extending an invitation for you to visit our
Town Camps, Outstation/Homelands and Remote Communities and
to meet with us personally.” Barbara Shaw

NEWS:

National Indigenous Times:
Intervention opponents write to President Obama
http://www.nit.com.au/breakingNews/story.aspx?id=17385
23 Mar 09: “Critics of the federal government’s
intervention into Aboriginal communities have written to US
President Barack Obama ahead of his meeting with Prime
Minister Kevin Rudd. The letter includes statements from a
number of Aboriginal leaders, activists and organisations
across Australia, voicing their strong opposition to the
measures intended to combat child sexual abuse. … In her
letter to the president, Ms [Barbara] Shaw called the
intervention “racially discriminatory and oppressive”. “It
seems clear that, under the camouflage of child abuse and
alcohol abuse, the agenda of the intervention is a land
grab,” said her letter on the behalf of Intervention
Rollback Action Group.” Tara Ravens

Intervention critics write to Obama
20 March 2009, by Tara Ravens:

Sydney Morning Herald: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/intervention-critics-write-to-obama-20090320-94ck.html

The Age: http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/intervention-critics-write-to-obama-20090320-94ck.html

The West Australian: http://www.thewest.com.au/aapstory.aspx?StoryName=559649

Nine News: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/789005/intervention-critics-write-to-obama

LETTERS & STATEMENTS SENT TO BARACK OBAMA:

Letter to President Obama from Barbara Shaw:
Rudd Government’s Treatment of Aboriginal Nations and
Peoples in Australia:
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/letter-president-obama-barbara-shaw-rudd-government-s-treatment-aboriginal-nations-and-peoples

Neither Citizens, Nor Sovereigns:
Letter to President Barack Obama
from Aboriginal leader Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra:
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/neither-citizens-nor-sovereigns-letter-president-barack-obama-aboriginal-leader-dr-djiniyini-g

Letter to President Barack Obama,
for and on behalf of the Indigenous People
of Kuranda and District, including Mona Mona:
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/letter-president-barack-obama-and-behalf-indigenous-people-kuranda-and-district-including-mona

Euhalyi Elders ask President Obama for help:
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/euhalyi-elders-ask-president-obama-help

Statement by Warlpiri Delegation from Yuendumu
on the Occasion of the Opening of Parliament 2009:
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/statement-warlpiri-delegation-yuendumu-occasion-opening-parliament-2009

Statement from Yananymul Mununggurr
of Laynhapuy Homelands Association, NE Arnhemland:
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/statement-yananymul-mununggurr-laynhapuy-homelands-association-ne-arnhemland

Statement from Women at Prescribed Areas People’s Alliance
(PAPA) Meeting, Alice Springs, NT:
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/statement-women-prescribed-areas-peoples-alliance-papa-meeting-alice-springs-nt

Statement by Yingiya Guyula
from Liya-dhalinymirr clan of the Djambarrpuynu People:
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/your-voice/yingiya-guyula-liya-dhalinymirr-clan-djambarrpuynu-people

Open letter to PM Rudd
from Yolngu of the Laynhapuy Homelands:
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/your-voice/yolngu-of-the-laynhapuy-homelands

Open letter to Jenny Macklin MP
from Prescribed Area People’s Alliance (PAPA):
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/your-voice/prescribed-area-people-s-alliance

FURTHER DETAIL VIA WEBLINKS:

Human Rights Law Resource Centre:
Indigenous Rights: Request for Urgent Action on
NT Intervention from UN CERD (Jan 2009):
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/html/s02_article/article_view.asp?id=450&nav_cat_id=133&nav_top_id=56

Submissions received for
Northern Territory Emergency Response Review:
http://www.nterreview.gov.au/subs.htm

Report of NT Emergency Response Review Board – October 2008:
http://www.nterreview.gov.au/docs/report_nter_review/default.htm

Submissions received by Senate Select Committee
on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/indig_ctte/submissions/sublist.htm

Australian Human Rights Commission: Social Justice Report 2007:
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/sj_report/sjreport07/index.html

Freedom Respect Equality Dignity: Action
NGO Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee:
Australia’s Compliance with the International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights. Sept 2008:
http://www.ccprcentre.org/doc/HRC/Australia/NGO%20information/HRLRC_sept08.pdf

Indigenous Issues in the Durban Review,
Tom Calma, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner and Race Discrimination Commissioner,
Australian Human Rights Commission, 2009:
http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/media/speeches/race/2009/20090220_Durban_Review.html

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