Friday, May 14, 2021

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Tags Aboriginal homelands

Tag: Aboriginal homelands

Amnesty replies

Amnesty International Australia,
through their Campaigns Director, Andrew Beswick, has made the following
brief statement in response to KIERAN FINNANE's analysis of their report,
The Lands Hold Us. The report criticises changes in government policy,
particularly since the NT Intervention, that have affected Aboriginal
homelands and outstations, especially in the Utopia area.

Says Mr Beswick:-

As a human rights organisation, our role is to point out where
government policies fall short of the international human rights
standards they have committed to uphold.  Unsurprisingly then,
we are looking at the future of the more than 500 homeland and other
smaller Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, through that
lens.

Governments are the ones that are predominantly responsible for
making sure our human rights are fulfilled.  And it is this
notion of accountability, along with these international standards, that
inform our recommendations for government action in our report ‘The land holds us’: Aboriginal peoples’ right to traditional homelands in the Northern Territory.

Rather than the “victim status” we have been accused of assigning to
Aboriginal peoples, we advocate strongly for the right to free, prior
and informed consent to be respected and provide a platform for the
powerful voices of those directly affected by these government policies
in our campaign.

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