UN Charges Australia With Racism

The United Nations has charged that Australia breached international obligations on human and indigenous rights by imposing racial restrictions on Aborigines during a crackdown on child abuse in Outback communities. James Anaya also depicted Australia’s relations with its Aborigine population as still influenced by racism policies. Aborigines represent about 2% of the population, and extensive amounts of money have been spent to assist their lives in the past two decades, but the reality is they are the poorest, unhealthiest and most oppressed group in the country.

A few years ago, in an effort to deal with child abuse, the government suspended its own laws against discrimination so they could ban alcohol and hardcore pornography. New policies compel Aborigines to adhere to government restrictions on how they can spend their own money. The government argument undoubtedly is the belief Aborigines are unable to make decisions on how to live their own lives. No matter how one examines this argument it is racist.

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