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Next Australia is under scrutiny by the UN Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) 42nd Session

Posted in NEWS, WGARcontact with tags on 06/04/2009 by D

Reports by Australian Government and NGOs:

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cescr/cescrs42.htm

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) – Australia has not registered any reservations to this Covenant
http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/a_cescr.htm

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) – Australia has not registered any reservations to this Covenant

http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/a_cescr.htm


Rudd government endorses UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Posted in NEWS with tags , , on 05/04/2009 by D

National Indigenous Times:3 Apr 09:
“The Rudd government has officially endorsed the
landmark United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples, reversing the position of the previous
government and fulfilling a key election promise. Minister
for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin delivered a statement
in support of the document at Parliament House this morning,
saying that the move was a step forward in “re-setting” the
relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous
Australians.”
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=17427

Australian Government:
The Hon Jenny Macklin MP – Minister for Families, Housing,
Community Services and Indigenous Affairs:
Speech: Statement on the United Nations Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples
http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/internet/jennymacklin.nsf/content/un_declaration_03apr09.htm
3 April 2009


Intervention protesters condemn UN Declaration hypocrisy

Posted in MEDIA RELEASES with tags , , on 31/03/2009 by D

STICS:30 Mar 09:
“The Stop the Intervention Collective in Sydney
(STICS) will hold a protest today at 1pm at the offices of
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd demanding an end to the NT
Intervention and the current pressure on remote communities
across Australia to sign long term land leases in exchange
for housing. STICS have described the Rudd government as
hypocritical, following the recent announcement that
Australia will endorse the United Nations Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The group says the
Intervention and proposed leasing arrangements severely
contravene the declaration.”
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/media-release-intervention-protesters-condemn-un-declaration-hypocrisy


UN DURBAN REVIEW CONFERENCE (ON RACISM), GENEVA, 20-24 APRIL 2009:

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

Age:24 Mar 09: Human rights group to attend UN racism forum
“AUSTRALIA’S top human rights body [Australian
Human Rights Commission] will attend a United Nations forum
on racism in Geneva next month, despite heavy pressure from
Jewish groups and the Opposition for an official boycott.
Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner Tom Calma will
lead an Australian delegation to the talks — known as the
Durban Review Conference. … UN Association of Australia
president John Langmore said it was important Australia join
the conference.”
http://www.theage.com.au/national/human-rights-group-to-attend-un-racism-forum-20090323-97ha.html?page=-1


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
operations.”
http://www.smh.com.au/world/rights-record-under-scrutiny-in-un-seat-bid-20090321-94z4.html


AUSTRALIA’S BID FOR A SEAT ON UN SECURITY COUNCIL:

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

Letter to the UN missions:

Australia’s continued human rights violations
and abuses of Aboriginal peoples
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/worlds-governments-being-asked-help-aborigines
23 Mar 09: “Your Excellency, We enter into this
correspondence with you to highlight the fact that Australia
has not earned the right to have permanency status on the UN
Security Council. Australia is the only country in the world
that has a constitution that allows for the imposition of
laws and/or regulations that target specific racial groups.
… Australia must be held accountable by the international
community for its Human Rights breaches and abuses against
Aboriginal Peoples in Australia and its strident opposition
to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This is why we have criticised Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd’s
ambition to seek permanency status on the UN Security
Council. Australia has not earned this right and
responsibility.” Michael Anderson, Leader of Euahlayi Nation

Media Release:

Aboriginal people to oppose Rudd’s bid for Australia to
join the UN Security Council
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/aboriginal-people-oppose-rudd-s-bid-australia-join-un-security-council
10 Mar 09: “Michael Anderson, cofounder of Aboriginal
Embassy and leader of the Euahlayi nation in northwest New
South Wales said today: “The Minister for Aboriginal
Affairs, Jenny Macklin, has made a pathetic attempt to
blackmail Aboriginal people of NSW into signing over their
lands for forty year leases to the Commonwealth government
so that social and welfare housing and other infrastructure
can be put in place. This is totally immoral and
unethical.” … “To have Quentin Bryce, the
Governor-General, going to African nation states to lobby
them to support Australia’s nomination to the UN Security
Council is hypocrisy. Aboriginal people now need to lobby as
many African states as possible against supporting
Australia’s nomination to the UN Security Council.” ”


Australia under scrutiny over racial discrimination

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

Australia Network News: 19 Mar 09:
“A United Nations committee says its concerned
about the Australian Government’s suspension of the Racial
Discrimination Act. … The UN Committee on the Elimination
of Racial Discrimination has responded to a request for
urgent action from the Prescribed Areas People’s Alliance.
A lawyer representing the aboriginal rights group, George
Newhouse, says the international scrutiny is welcome.”

http://australianetworknews.com/stories/200903/2520518.htm?desktop