Human rights update
+++What the world thinks of our children.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, requires signatories to report
regularly on their progress implementing the standards in the Convention. This
year, the Australian Government, and non-government organisations, presented
information to the Committee in Geneva. The Committee's "concluding
observations" have just been published, to little media attention. They give the
international community's view on progress, but continuing problems for children
in Australia. Essential reading for those concerned with childrens' rights, both
here and around the world.
+++2005 WORLD SUMMIT: WORLD LEADERS FAIL THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS TEST
An excellent overview from International Service for Human Rights. World leaders
gathered in New York in the largest numbers ever for a World Summit to discuss
and decide on commitments to address development, security and human rights
issues, and reform of the United Nations. Once again the demand for consensus
within the UN system led to results characterised by the lowest common
denominator, results that cannot satisfy the needs and demands of the world and
its vulnerable peoples in tackling today's challenges.
WHEN TERRORISM OUTLAWS DEMOCRACY
Australians Lose Rights for Ten Years, by Wanda Fish.
On September 27, 2005, Australian democracy surrendered to terrorism. On that
day, a coalition of willing federal and state leaders agreed to anti-terrorism
legislation that will enable police persecution of the Muslim community and
threaten dissidents with imprisonment.
FIGHT THE ATTACKS ON OUR WAGES & CONDITIONS 18 Oct, 2005
INQUIRY LAUNCH: PEOPLE'S INQUIRY INTO IMMIGRATION DETENTION 19 Nov, 2005
'Human Rights in the Age of Terror' 02 Dec, 2005