WGAR News: UN Expert calls NT Intervention "discriminatory" (29 Aug 09)

WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)

WGAR website:

Statement by UN Rapporteur, James Anaya
Alyawarra people seek UN refugee status
Proposed national Indigenous body
Other Aboriginal articles


- Statement at Press Conference

[Ed. note: I have chosen the quote below as I think it will be of interest to readers. However, may I encourage you to click on the link below and read all of James Anaya's statement for a more complete understanding of his views.]

Take Action Oct 12-16: Global Mobilization in Defense of Mother Earth and the Peoples

Date and Time: 
Mon, 12/10/2009 - 12:00pm to Fri, 16/10/2009 - 4:15pm
Where you plan your action
Contact Email:


Join people around the world on October 12-16 to say NO to the
commercialization of life and the criminalization of indigenous and social
movements, and YES to a world based on respect for all life. Join Root
Force in the struggle against the infrastructure of global trade, and help
us demolish colonialism at its foundations.

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WGAR News: Intervention Walk-off community seeks UN support (26 Aug 09)

WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)

WGAR website:

Intervention Walk-off community seeks UN support
Welcome to the Ampilatwatja walk off blog site
Updated NT Intervention complaint sent to United Nations
Visit by UN Expert, James Anaya
Alice Springs Aboriginal Town Camps takeover
Stolen Wages Campaign - Petition of Support
Other Aboriginal articles


- Media Release

Intervention walkoff's Blog: We are refugees in our own country

Energy mismanagements - ecology, economy, irresponsibility

If you see someone filling in a hollow bucket and struggle to get some water to carry, and you say that first one must mend holes and than make an effort to fill in and carry water. The man doing it ignore your advice and talks about the problem with not enough water and does nothing to mend the holes and treat you as you would talk in Marsian language. Would you consider such person sane?


WGAR News: UN Rapporteur visits Aboriginal communities (23 Aug 09)

WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)

WGAR website:

UN Rapporteur, James Anaya, visits Aboriginal communities
Aboriginal Housing in the NT
Other NT Intervention articles
Other Aboriginal articles


- Background

WGAR News:
UN Expert visits Australia to report on Aboriginal Human Rights (18 Aug 09)

WGAR News:
UN Expert James Anaya to examine NT Intervention (19 Aug 09)

Pacific Islanders call for justice on climate and human rights

Many strong voices from Pacific, Melanesian, New Zealand and Australian civil society met in Cairns, North Queensland to raise concerns on climate change and human rights that are affected communities across the Pacific region.

The group is calling for immediate greenhouse gas emissions cuts to ensure that people across the Pacific can remain on their islands and ensuring ongoing cultural identity that is intimately tied to land.

"How We Won the War" - Yulanji & Emily's story

How we won the war

Ilana Tulloch - Work Experience | 28th July 2009

PEACE protester Emily Nielsen yesterday told how she survived on a diet of nuts and muesli bars for 11 days at Shoalwater Bay during Exercise Talisman Saber.

The 19-year-old gave The Morning Bulletin an insight into life inside the training area for her and fellow protester Yulanji Bardon, 21.

Save the Children, National Children's & Youth Law Centre and others speak out against Labors Internet censorship regime

We oppose the Federal Government’s plan to censor the internet through mandatory ISP-level internet filtering technology.

While we wholly support measures that effectively prevent the distribution of material refused classification under laws that properly respect free speech, this proposed filter does not meet that aim.

The proposed filter fails to meet the test of an effective child protection measure that respects the rights of children. Mandatory internet filtering curtails our human rights without offering any effective protection for children.


ALP approves new uranium mine

The Federal ALP government announced the establishment of a fourth uranium mine in Australia, following through on its 2007 decision to abandon the "3 mines" policy which it adopted in the 1980's. The Four Mile mine, 550 kilometres north of Adelaide, will open next year after winning clearance from federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett. Four Mile will be Australia's first new uranium mine in close to a decade and the 10th biggest in the world. Its predicted annual production of about 1400 tonnes, it will boost national output by 13 per cent to 12,100 tonnes.


Wai June issue out now!

Wai is an independent quarterly newspaper focused on human rights, environmental and social justice. The third issue, the June issue, is out and on the streets around the country.

From illegal forest operations in Indonesia and PNG to irrigating the Midlands of Tasmania; from artists run intiatives in old shop fronts in Newcastle to community weekends in Melbourne; from reflections on those fighting against the expansion of the uranium industry in SA and NT to the latest paternalistic Indigenous policy in the NT are some of the articles that can be read in the June Issue of WAI.