Australia’s human rights record ’embarrassing’, Amnesty International says
- A new Amnesty International report has described Australia’s human rights record as “embarrassing”.
- The report criticised Australia’s record on First Nations justice, refugee rights and climate action.
- On a global level, the report highlighted conflicts, violence, climate change, and the cost of living.
First Nations Australians are also over-represented in youth detention, making up 6 per cent of the population aged 10 to 17, but 50 per cent of those detained.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people remained over-represented in the adult prison population and youth detention, according to a new report from Amnesty International. Source: AAP
Amnesty International described Australia’s track record as “embarrassing”, and said the report had revealed a “double standard”.
“While we’ve seen improvements in some areas such as the Justice Reinvestment package for First Nations communities and the federal government’s acceptance of New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees a year, we need only look at the horrific experiences of young people in youth detention, allegations of systemic abuse, the continued use of tools of torture like spithoods, and the hundreds of First Nations people who have died in custody to see that there are serious problems that require independent scrutiny.”
The report also criticised the ongoing practice of indefinite detention of refugees and asylum seekers offshore in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
What about the rest of the world?
According to Amnesty International, violations of international humanitarian law led to “appalling” human tragedies, with international responses “inconsistent” with regard to the human rights impact of conflicts and the protection of people fleeing them.
Amnesty International said its research also revealed evidence of the “increasingly severe harms” associated with Big Tech business models, along with the need for bolder action against climate change and environmental degradation.
Amnesty International’s latest report highlights the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels. Source: AAP / Mick Tsikas
It also said the research underscored the “pressing need for bolder action” to address the climate crisis and environmental degradation.
In its analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amnesty International said wealthy nations had contributed to deepening inequality through “hoarding” vaccines and weakening multilateral redistribution systems.
“They should guide the world as it navigates an increasingly volatile and dangerous environment. We must not wait for the world to burn again.”