Archive for Human Rights


Posted in NEWS with tags , , on 27/03/2009 by D

Human Rights Committee 95th Session (16 Mar – 3 Apr 09) New York
Includes NGO reports re Australia from:
* Amnesty International
* Conscience and Peace Tax International
* Human Rights Law Resource Centre
* ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)
* International Human Rights Law Society of
Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis
* National Association of Community Legal Centres
* New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties
* Law Council of Australia

Amnesty reports to UN on Australia’s human rights failures
16 Mar 09: “Amnesty International has presented the United
Nations with a detailed report (pdf size: 377kb) setting
out its concerns about Australia’s failure to comply with
some of the country’s obligations under the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. … “Reinstating
protections against racial discrimination under the
Northern Territory Intervention is a crucial next step for
the Australian Government to take to improve its human
rights record,” Dr Seth-Purdie said. The organisation’s
report said that supporting the UN Declaration of the Rights
of Indigenous Peoples, and using its principles as a guide,
would assist the Government to close the gap and ensure
ICCPR rights are made fully available to Indigenous

Rights record under scrutiny in UN seat bid

Posted in NEWS with tags , on 27/03/2009 by D

SMH: 22 Mar 09:
“PRIME MINISTER Kevin Rudd’s dream of winning a
UN Security Council seat might be dashed by international
concerns about Australia’s record on human rights.
Australia’s poor treatment of its indigenous population and
refugees will come under scrutiny by an international human
rights watchdog, amid continuing lobbying for a seat on the
prestigious UN body that oversees military and peace-keeping