Australia

Australia's offshore refugee processing causes 'extensive suffering' and must end, says UN agency chief

Four years on, Australia's offshore processing has left some 2,000 people languishing in unacceptable circumstances – causing physical and psychological harm, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which today called for an immediate end to the practice.

News in Brief 13 July 2017 (AM)

Death of Chinese activist a loss for human rights worldwide: UN rights chief

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“I love my ocean and I want to protect it”: Aboriginal artist says

An Aboriginal Australian behind an exhibit at the United Nations has been using his art to sound the alarm over abandoned fishing nets.

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Ocean Conference shines light on illegal trade: CITES chief

The illegal trade in marine species is one of the major issues that needs to be under the spotlight at the UN Ocean Conference this week.

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UN Gender Focus: reproductive health, indigenous people and women in peacekeeping

Gender equality is “central to development”: UNFPA

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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.

News in Brief 13 March 2017 (AM)

Suffering of Syria children “hit rock bottom” in 2016, UNICEF says

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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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