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UN indigenous rights expert concludes visit to Australia

Australia must take action to reduce what one UN human rights expert sees as the country’s “astounding” imprisonment rate for indigenous people.

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Australia’s Aboriginal children ‘essentially being punished for being poor’ – UN rights expert

Stressing that the rates of incarceration for Australia’s indigenous peoples have reached astounding, “tsunami” proportions, a United Nations human rights expert today called on the authorities to respect the peoples’ right to self-determination, to full and effective participation in society, and to step up the fight against racism.

UN expert on violence against women visits Australia

Multiple forms of discrimination and exclusion are behind the “alarmingly high prevalence” of violence experienced by indigenous women in Australia, according to a UN human rights expert.

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UN Gender Focus: UN deputy chief, UN Women forum and Indigenous women

We must reinvent ourselves” to serve world better: UN deputy chief

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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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