Intervention breaches rights

FOR many, June 29 is a day that will live in infamy in the history of human rights in Australia. The rushed passing of the Stronger Futures legislation through the Australian Senate in the face of calls from parliament’s own Joint Committee on Human Rights for an independent human rights evaluation of the legislation is of grave concern.After the Senate was presented with a petition signed by no less than 43,000 signatures, Amnesty’s indigenous rights manager Monica Morgan said the Government had ignored public outcry over the legislation.“It is a travesty,” she said. “The government can’t have listened to Aboriginal peoples within the Northern Territory. They have actually disempowered them.”Yolngu National Assembly spokesman Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM said the government had made a terrible mistake.“We Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory will never trust in government anymore,” he said.The bill itself narrowly missed having to comply with the new Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 that was established in December. Calls for the legislation to be reviewed under the new act were dismissed by thegovernment.That this could be happening in Australia in the 21st century is unthinkable and strongly underscores the need in Australia for a national Human Rights Act, something our country inexplicably does not have.The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights spoke out strongly on Australia’s need to improve indigenous rights and today’s decision in the Senate is another reason a Human Rights Act is urgently required. Youth for Human Rights provides a website explaining the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights that we all should be entitled to at www.youthforhumanrights南京夜网. It is time for Australians to know their rights and take responsibility for making them real across all our society.N. Mannock,Director,Youth for Human Rights Asia Pacific,Dundas.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.