"We were made to feel like criminals in our own lands. We lost all control over our lives."
-- Dhalulu Ganambarr-Stubbs of the Yolngu people.
The Australian government is trying to extend legislation that will strip Indigenous communities of their basic rights. Australian grassroots movement Stand for Freedom is launching a international campaign to stop it.
Sign the Petition : http://www.change.org/petitions/aust...e=action_alert
Since 2007, the Australian government has stripped Indigenous people of basic freedoms. Police can enter their homes without a warrant. Aboriginal criminal suspects have no right to remain silent. And the possession of a single can of beer can be punished with 6 months in jail .
The policies have been condemned as "racist" by the United Nations and human rights groups . Since they began, suicide attempts have more than doubled, and Aboriginal people's life expectancy is 20 years lower than the rest of the population . Yet the government is pushing to extend the legislation for the next 10 years.
But a huge international outcry can shame the Australian government into ending these policies. Indigenous rights movement Stand for Freedom has started a huge Change.org petition -- if thousands join now, the Australian government will see that the international community is watching -- and will not stand idly by while it strips Indigenous people of basic rights and freedoms.
Sign the petition to stop the Australian government from taking away the rights of Indigenous communities for another 10 years.
The Australian government has a long history of speaking out in favour of human rights -- the last thing it wants is for attention to turn to its own controversial actions. A huge international outcry can shine a spotlight on the government’s actions -- and ensure it doesn’t get the support needed to pass the laws in parliament this week.
The government should withdraw this legislation.
It has been developed without the free, prior and informed consent of Aboriginal communities, and it will give the Government 10 more years of control.
Aboriginal Elders, community leaders and Aboriginal organisations across the Northern Territory have opposed the legislation, and are demanding the right to control their own futures. Years of this top-down policy-making by the Government have taken power away from communities and have overseen increasing poverty and social breakdown.
Since the Northern Territory Intervention started in 2007:
- Incarceration of Aboriginal people has increased by 41%
- Attempted suicide and self-harm amongst Aboriginal youth has doubled
- Aboriginal life expectancy continues to be the lowest of any Indigenous group on the world.
The Government should give Aboriginal people the right to control their own futures.
Please sign the petition, and ensure the Government withdraws the legislation in its current form.