UNDRIP

  • As a member of UN Human Rights Council Australia must address ‘woeful’ record on First Peoples

    Last published: 17 October 2017

    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights ANTaR, has today called on the Australian Government to take seriously its role on the UN Human Rights Council by addressing serious human rights concerns in Australia, following its election to the Council last night.

    Read more in our media release. 

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  • ‘Woeful’ record on 10th Anniversary of Declaration

    Last published: 13 September 2017Author: Andrew Meehan

    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights ANTaR, slammed the lack of progress on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights in Australia as the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is marked today.

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  • ANTaR backs call for urgent action on languages

    Last published: 17 September 2012Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has today welcomed the release of a Parliamentary Report recommending urgent national action to preserve, maintain and revitalise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

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  • Human rights in the spotlight at CHOGM

    Last published: 25 October 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR is concerned that security arrangements in place for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) are impacting disproportionately on Aboriginal people in Perth and will only exacerbate the crisis of over-imprisonment.

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  • Language Learning in Indigenous Communities Submission to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

    Last published: 1 August 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR notes that the Inquiry comes at a time when many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages are critically endangered.  Traditional languages provide speakers with a connection to their culture and their past, and a sense of identity and belonging. Conversely, language loss, and its resulting impact on culture and identity, has wide ranging implications for the health, economic opportunities and social welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  The revitalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages is therefore closely connected with ANTaR’s efforts both to promote respect and affirmation for the rights and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to advocate for practical measures to improve social, economic and health outcomes (such as the Close the Gap campaign). 

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  • Inquiry into Indigenous economic development in Queensland and review of the Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010

    Last published: 1 February 2011Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR emphasises the central importance of enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a genuine and ongoing say on and involvement in the development and implementation of policies, programs and laws which directly affect them. This is required by the right to  free, prior and informed consent contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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  • Submission to Inquiry into the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 and the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2010

    Last published: 1 July 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR indicates its support for an effective human rights parliamentary scrutiny committee, and makes a number of recommendations to ensure the effectiveness of this committee. In particular, the submission argues that, for the sake of clarity, the UN Declaration should be included as a relevant international instrument or scheduled as an interpretive tool to provide a comprehensive statement of Australia’s human rights obligations to Indigenous peoples for consideration by the Joint Committee. 

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