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Greens back UN criticism of the NT Intervention

The Australian Greens have strongly endorsed comments made by UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay calling on the Federal Government to take a new approach to the NT Intervention.

“This is another damning criticism of the NT Intervention, which again reflects poorly on Australian’s commitment to human rights,” Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The UN Universal Periodic Review and UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) have both raised serious concerns over Australia's failure to meet international commitments on eliminating discrimination.

“Central to this ongoing discrimination is the NT Intervention and lingering partial suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act.

“Commissioner Pillay has recognised the importance of taking action in partnership with communities and developing programs and strategies through proper consultation.

“The Australian Greens remain absolutely committed to seeing the RDA full restored and seeing the failed NTER come to an end in favour of a new approach which learns from the mistakes of successive Governments,” concluded Senator Siewert.

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