Newsletter date: 13 January 2015
* Joint Urgent Appeal: Franciscans International & Edmund Rice International: Forced Displacement of Aborigines in West Australia
* Background: Franciscans International - a voice at the United Nations: Indigenous Peoples
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
* Submission: Edmund Rice International: The impact of budget cuts and government policies in the State of Queensland (Australia) on the exercise of the rights of Indigenous minorities
* WGAR Background: Aboriginal Peoples and the impact of the Federal Budget
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WGAR News - Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
- Joint Urgent Appeal
Franciscans International & Edmund Rice International: Forced Displacement of Aborigines in West Australia
12 Dec 14: "This request for an urgent appeal is submitted by Franciscans International and Edmund Rice International, relating to the current situation in Australia, especially the policy of the West Australian Government to strip public services and necessities for living from Aboriginal families and groups, and to forcibly displace them. ...
The implementation of the Government of West Australia’s plans to close between 100 and 150 Aboriginal communities in West Australia will violate the human rights of the indigenous peoples. The rights enshrined in article 8.2 of the UNDRIP [UN
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples], which stipulates that "States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for (...) any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources." ...
as stipulated by the UNDRIP, the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) should be respected in any government policy affecting indigenous aboriginal communities in Australia. ... "
Franciscans International - a voice at the United Nations: Indigenous Peoples
"An important focus for Franciscans International is defending the rights of Indigenous Peoples (IPs), particularly the right to their ancestral lands. This issue is closely linked to issues on extreme poverty and the environment. ...
What are the issues?: Despite their diversity, IPs are facing the same problems. ... Indigenous communities are threatened by destruction of the subtle fabric of their culture. ... Many IPs experience forced assimilation by being forced to give up their mother tongue, religion and cultural ways. ... "
WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
(last updated: 3 January 2015)
Edmund Rice International: The impact of budget cuts and government policies in the State of Queensland (Australia) on the exercise of the rights of Indigenous minorities
20 Feb 14: "Dear Ms Izsák, Mr Anaya and Mr Singh,
We wish to alert you to recent developments in policies and practices in the State of Queensland (Australia) and the impact of these on the free exercise of the rights of Indigenous minorities in Australia, especially Indigenous youth.
Summary of Human Rights Violations: The Queensland Government has funding policies restricting the right of freedom of opinion and expression of Indigenous peoples, education policies that are increasingly excluding Indigenous youth from schooling, and juvenile justice policies that will lead to an increase in Indigenous incarceration rates. ... "
WGAR Background: Aboriginal Peoples and the impact of the Federal Budget
(last updated: 3 January 2015)
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WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
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