Australia

Australian indigenous “disproportionally represented” in justice system

Indigenous people in Australia are “disproportionally represented” in the country’s criminal justice system according to a United Nations rights expert.

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UN rights expert urges Australians to stand up against country's 'alarming' hate speech and racism

The United Nations human rights expert on contemporary forms of racism today urged all Australians – from the Government to the media and civil society – to stand up against “alarming” hate speech and racism racial discrimination in the country, especially against indigenous people, refugees, migrants, and Muslims.

Australia’s human rights record “blemished” by migrant issue

Australia’s human rights record has been “blemished” in recent years by the harsh treatment of migrants and asylum seekers, according to a UN independent expert.

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Australia’s human rights record tainted by ‘regressive’ migration policies – UN expert

Concluding his first official visit to Australia, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants said the country’s human rights standing has been tarnished by its “regressive” migration policies that fall “way behind” international standards.

Australia’s indigenous farmers face “harassment” from mining companies, says UN expert

Landowners, farmers and individuals from the indigenous communities in Australia are susceptible to “harassment” by mining companies, a UN independent expert has said.

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UN Gender Focus: refugees, human trafficking and judicial rights

Detainees on Pacific island “completely without hope”

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Detainees on Pacific island “completely without hope”

Migrants and refugees being held on the Pacific island of Nauru are “completely without hope” according to the regional head of the UN human rights office, OHCHR.

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Long-term resettlement solutions needed for refugees on Manus Island – UNICEF Australia

Amid news of an agreement to close the Australian immigration detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today underscored the importance of finding permanent and sustainable resettlement solutions that address the needs of the refugees.

New international project launches to help gather life-saving data

A new project to help gather life-saving data on health trends has been launched, involving 18 countries from around the world.

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Courage of young refugees to “tell story” inspires new documentary

The courage of young refugees to tell their story on stage has inspired a new documentary in Australia.

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