In the early hours of Tuesday morning (local time) Australia’s human rights record will be examined before the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva as part of its second “Universal Periodic Review” (UPR). As the world turns its attention to Australia, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (QLD) Ltd urges the Australian government to strengthen its commitment and action to address the nation’s unacceptable record of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment.
ATSILS CEO, Shane Duffy said, “First Nations Australians are amongst the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in the country. Currently our people are being imprisoned at around 13 times the rate of non Indigenous Australians and year after year the gap continues to widen. It reached crisis point long ago and remains one of the biggest human rights challenges facing the country.”
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