Posts Tagged ‘human rights’

Recently Australia was under its 4 yearly obligation to be under review of the United Nations Human Rights commission. 50 countries across the globe participated in our review, making almost 150 recommendations for improvement. That’s quite a lot for a developed democratic country.

One of the main recommendations that stands out were to scrap our policy on mandatory immigration detention centres for asylum seekers. This is a touchy subject with a lot of people in Queensland, personally I agree with the U.N. I think the mind set of a lot of Australians is the fact these refugees are illegally attempting to seek asylum in Australia. Some people can even go as far as saying these people are terrorists, which is absurd and completely false. Since 1958 Australia’s Migration Act states that it is not illegal for a refugee to seek Asylum, even if it is by boat. These people flee terrible home countries, hoping to start a new life in a foreign land, only to be locked up again? Doesn’t seem right to me, and neither to the U.N.

Another recommendation was to recognise same sex marriage. Again, I agree with this one. I am actually embarrassed to be a citizen of a country that won’t stand up for its own and won’t grant a basic form of human rights to two people who love each other. Crazy. Europe is already moved forward, even certain states in the U.S. Why can’t we?

Great websites for further information:

Rethink Refugees: http://www.rethinkrefugees.com.au

Australian Marriage Equality: http://www.australianmarriageequality.com