Remedy Australia report reveals Australia rife with human rights violations
A report by Australia’s newest human rights NGO, Remedy Australia, has revealed Australia is a land, rife with human rights violations.
The report shows Australia has the world’s fourth highest number of human rights violations recorded against its name by the UN and that little action has been taken to remedy the violations.
Remedy Australia was founded by Nick Toonen and was launched today to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UN Human Rights Commitee’s decision against Tasmania’s former anti gay laws. The case which was lead by Toonen was the first human rights case in Australia to go before the UN and one that resulted in a full remedy of the human rights violation.
Toonen said the aim of Remedy Australia is to bring Australia’s human rights record into line with what the international community and the Australian people expect of our nation.
“Some of the nation’s leading human rights lawyers and campaigners have founded this new NGO to focus on getting Australia to act on UN concern about specific human rights violations,” Toonen said.
“Remedy Australia is a supporter-based organisation which holds our governments to account.”
Olivia Ball, Remedy Australia's co-founder and author of the “Follow-up Report” which Remedy Australia today sent to the UN, said, “Over and over, the United Nations has found Australia is violating human rights in specific, concrete ways, but in 82% of cases Australia has failed to remedy abuses, many of which are gross violations of human rights – some of the most serious there are.”
Australia has been found to be in violation of its international legal obligations 33 times, but according to Ball it has remedied only six of these violations.
“People are often surprised or disappointed to learn that the UN can’t enforce its own decisions, but public pressure can protect human rights. The UN provides authoritative decisions on our human rights performance, and it’s up to us to ensure they’re implemented,” Ball said.