Australia and Human Rights
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Australia has received numerous criticisms for its human rights violations. Issues include:
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Historic oppression of the Aboriginal People
In a wealthy and prosperous nation, aboriginal people live in third world conditions.
Australia has had a very racist past in which apartheid has been practiced and where indigenous Aboriginal people have lost almost all their land and suffered many prejudices. Aborigines are the poorest group in Australia and suffer from very much preventable diseases. For more about these issues, you can start at these harrowing reports from John Pilger a prominent Australian journalist who has been critical of many western policies.
Threat of reducing human rights commitments with the United Nations
Australia has recently decided to reduce cooperation with the United Nations on human rights issues because the UN criticized it.
Increasing racist sentiments against Asian immigrants
As introduced in the racism section on this site, there has been an increase in racial tensions in some areas of Australia.
You could start at the following for more information:
- A series of articles, reports and documentaries from John Pilger, a prominent Australian journalist who has been critical of many western policies.
- Various reports and publications from Amnesty International.
- "Australia Undermining Global Human Rights" press release from Human Rights Watch
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