By Jennifer Thompson ABCThe United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, today launched a wide-ranging attack on Federal Government policies, criticising mandatory detention of asylum seekers and the Northern Territory intervention.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...25/3226610.htm (click to read on)
Personally I agree with all statements the UN HRC has made, disgusted and ashamed by successive Governments in failing in its role as a country of example to those around it on the issues of Human Rights.
I am embarrassed as a citizen that someone purporting to represent me implemented the Aboriginal Intervention, doubly so that those currently in power have done nothing to abolish it and profusely apologise once again.
On the non issue of Asylum Seekers, I wish people would see this for what it truly is: whenever there are real issues up for discussion, both Tweedledee and Tweedledum like to wheel out "brown people on boats" to distract the population and it works consistently. That said, I believe our treatment of Asylum Seekers is abhorrent, both inside detention and in regards to our methods of integration into society if asylum is granted.
On the other hand I know from reading past ASF threads on this topic that many/most here vehemently disagree with the UNHRC on this.
So, thoughts, anyone?