Australia must better protect LGBTI womens’ rights

The UN’s expert committee on discrimination against women has raised a series of concerns about the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer women and girls in Australia.

The Committee grilled the Australian Government on the need for specialist services to address the "staggering rates of self-harm and suicide" for LGBTI people, particularly transgender and intersex people, caused by "unacceptably high rates of discrimination and harassment".

Former youth prisoner at the UN calls out Turnbull Government for failing Indigenous children

Indigenous advocate, Keenan Mundine, a former youth prisoner and principal consultant of Inside Out Aboriginal Justice Consultancy, has travelled to Geneva to address the UN Human Rights Council about the Turnbull Government’s failure to stop ten year old children being sent to prison.

“I have spent more than half of my life behind bars, and I want to make sure this will not be the same future for my children. Right now, children as young as ten are still being locked away in prisons across Australia. This year alone, around 600 children under the age of 14 were taken from their families and imprisoned. This injustice must end,” said Mr Mundine.

Read: Keenan Mundine's statement

As grim five year anniversary for refugee children looms, Turnbull Government confronted with hard truths at UN

Following the UN Human Rights Chief’s condemnation of Donald Trump’s brutality to children at the US border, the Turnbull Government’s indefinite detention of 134 refugee children has been called out at the UN Human Rights Council overnight.

“These children have been detained for five long years for fleeing the same atrocities our government comes here and condemns,” Mr Webb told the UN Human Rights Council.

Lee Carnie delivers a statement to the UN on abortion rights in Australia

Australian governments should respect a woman’s right to choose what happens to her body by removing abortion from criminal laws the Human Rights Law Centre told the UN Human Rights Council in a statement delivered in Geneva overnight.

"We call on Australian governments to decriminalise abortion and respect women’s right to choose what happens to their bodies and their lives," said Lee Carnie.

Lee Carnie delivers a statement on violence against women at the UN Human Rights Council

"Every year more women are removed from their families and communities and locked up in overcrowded prisons around Australia. Most of these women are survivors of violence and trauma and Indigenous women are significantly over Rapporteur's report highlights the appalling conditions that women and girls in detention are subjected to.

Routine strip searching is archaic and harmful, yet everyday practice in women's prisons around Australia," Lee Carnie told the UN Human Rights Council.