“Shocking” “disturbing”: Australian Government slammed for its cruelty to refugees at UN hearing

“Shocking” “disturbing”:  Australian Government slammed for its cruelty to refugees at UN hearing

Just one day after condemning the Australian Government’s “chronic non-compliance” with international human rights laws, in a further hearing overnight the expert Committee honed in on the Government’s cruelty to refugees and in particular its offshore detention regime. The Human Rights Committee described the policies as “shocking” and “disturbing”.

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New Nauru contractor is accepting a poisoned chalice

New Nauru contractor is accepting a poisoned chalice

Australian engineering firm Canstruct will be complicit in serious human rights abuses if it takes over the contract to run the Australia’s immigration detention centre on Nauru. A leaked memo from Canstruct’s CEO overnight, shows the company will take over the contract to run the Nauru centre by the end of the month, and will be paid $8 million by the Australian Government.

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Australia’s “chronic non-compliance” “completely off the charts” says UN

Australia’s “chronic non-compliance” “completely off the charts” says UN

Overnight Australia was slammed by the UN Human Rights Committee for its “chronic non-compliance” with, and disengagement from, that Committee’s work. Australia’s record on human rights was found lacking as part of the Committee’s review into Australia’s protection of civil and political rights.

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Government ignores advice of expert group on business and human rights

Government ignores advice of expert group on business and human rights

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has come under strong criticism from members of an advisory group that the Minister established just this year. Members of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group on the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were disappointed that their recommendations have been dismissed outright by the Foreign Minister. 

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Australia yet to prove its mettle as a global human rights leader as it takes a seat on UN Human Rights Council

Australia yet to prove its mettle as a global human rights leader as it takes a seat on UN Human Rights Council

“This is the most significant UN position Australia has sought since the Security Council. Relatively speaking Australia is likely to be a positive force for reform on the Council, but if it wants to have the credibility required to be a true human rights leader it can't continue to blatantly breach international law itself. There's no doubt that it's cruel treatment of refugees will hamstring Australia's efforts on Council," said Emily Howie.

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