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Burma free, now Australia is the pariah

By Charlotte Harper 10 November 2015 51

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For years we shook our heads at human rights abuses in Burma and offered our support to the campaign for democracy there led by Aung San Suu Kyi. Today, she is celebrating as her National League for Democracy Party takes charge after a landslide election win.

Meanwhile, here in Australia, we’ve become the international pariah. The UN Human Rights Council took 300 recommendations from 110 countries on Australia’s human rights record as part of its quadrennial universal periodic review overnight, The Guardian reports.

When even North Korea is critical of Australia for breaches of human rights, it’s time for our government and opposition leaders to makes some changes in the way we treat asylum seekers and Indigenous Australians.

This is the official North Korean view on our record: “We still have serious concerns at the continued reports of … violence against refugees and asylum seekers and violation of the human rights of Indigenous peoples in Australia.”

Britain was among those critical of our policies, stating: “We encourage Australia to ensure the humane treatment and respect of asylum seekers including those processed offshore in PNG and Nauru … [Australia should] closely monitor the processing of asylum seekers and refugees in offshore processing centres to ensure their human rights are respected.”

Indonesia called on Australia to “ensure that the issues of refugees and asylum seekers are addressed in line with the principles of the Bali process and Australia’s other human rights obligations”.

India said we should review our mandatory detention policies and ensure refugees are never sent back to face persecution in the countries from which they have fled, The Guardian reported.

And Turkey urged us to immediately cease transferring asylum seekers to third countries.

Those are just 5 of the 300 recommendations from 110 countries.

They are the reason I’m calling on Malcolm Turnbull to take steps to end the concentration camp-style offshore detention of asylum seekers before even more lives are destroyed.

They’re also why I’m urging Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to take a stand on this issue and commit to improving our human rights record if he wins Government at the next election.

And finally, they’re the reason I’m encouraging you to write to your local MP and to Turnbull and Shorten to ask them to act on this issue.

Have a heart, Australia. These people we’ve locked up are human beings, just like you and me. What we’re doing to them is a disgrace.

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dungfungus 2:23 pm 18 Nov 15

HenryBG said :

dungfungus said :

HenryBG said :

dungfungus said :

France urgently needs another Charles De Gaulle.
The USA needs another Douglas Macarthur.
The UK needs another Winston Churchill.
Australia needs Tony Abbott back.

No, Australia needs a leader.

Like we have now? You have to be joking.

Turnbull is better than Abbott, who was a complete ‘minable’, to use the French term that fits him best.
Turnbull is still no Churchill, although I was *very* interested to see him accusing Islamic fundamentalists of “blasphemy” against their own religion. Let’s see where he goes with that…..

That would be tantamount to the IRA using “in the name of the Father”.

dungfungus 11:08 am 18 Nov 15

rosscoact said :

HenryBG said :

dungfungus said :

HenryBG said :

dungfungus said :

France urgently needs another Charles De Gaulle.
The USA needs another Douglas Macarthur.
The UK needs another Winston Churchill.
Australia needs Tony Abbott back.

No, Australia needs a leader.

Like we have now? You have to be joking.

Turnbull is better than Abbott, who was a complete ‘minable’, to use the French term that fits him best.
Turnbull is still no Churchill, although I was *very* interested to see him accusing Islamic fundamentalists of “blasphemy” against their own religion. Let’s see where he goes with that…..

Abbott is a knee-jerk puppet who did whatever IS wanted him to do. When they said jump, he said how high? Unthinking knee-jerk reactions defined the previous government and it is precisely what the world does not need now.

Examples of what you claim please or is it the same as when everyone was calling him a misogynist but no proof of this was ever offered.

rosscoact 9:09 am 18 Nov 15

HenryBG said :

dungfungus said :

HenryBG said :

dungfungus said :

France urgently needs another Charles De Gaulle.
The USA needs another Douglas Macarthur.
The UK needs another Winston Churchill.
Australia needs Tony Abbott back.

No, Australia needs a leader.

Like we have now? You have to be joking.

Turnbull is better than Abbott, who was a complete ‘minable’, to use the French term that fits him best.
Turnbull is still no Churchill, although I was *very* interested to see him accusing Islamic fundamentalists of “blasphemy” against their own religion. Let’s see where he goes with that…..

Abbott is a knee-jerk puppet who did whatever IS wanted him to do. When they said jump, he said how high? Unthinking knee-jerk reactions defined the previous government and it is precisely what the world does not need now.

HenryBG 8:00 pm 17 Nov 15

dungfungus said :

HenryBG said :

dungfungus said :

France urgently needs another Charles De Gaulle.
The USA needs another Douglas Macarthur.
The UK needs another Winston Churchill.
Australia needs Tony Abbott back.

No, Australia needs a leader.

Like we have now? You have to be joking.

Turnbull is better than Abbott, who was a complete ‘minable’, to use the French term that fits him best.
Turnbull is still no Churchill, although I was *very* interested to see him accusing Islamic fundamentalists of “blasphemy” against their own religion. Let’s see where he goes with that…..

dungfungus 11:05 pm 15 Nov 15

HenryBG said :

dungfungus said :

France urgently needs another Charles De Gaulle.
The USA needs another Douglas Macarthur.
The UK needs another Winston Churchill.
Australia needs Tony Abbott back.

No, Australia needs a leader.

Like we have now? You have to be joking.

HenryBG 6:47 pm 15 Nov 15

dungfungus said :

France urgently needs another Charles De Gaulle.
The USA needs another Douglas Macarthur.
The UK needs another Winston Churchill.
Australia needs Tony Abbott back.

No, Australia needs a leader.

dungfungus 5:08 pm 14 Nov 15

HenryBG said :

HenryBG said :

rubaiyat said :

France’s refugee intake: 210,207

Australia’s refugee intake: 23,434

Over 3x our intake rate per head of population.

…Some of us actual research rather than make it up.

I think it is very important for you to read the information provided here:
http://www.resettlement.eu/country/france

Start of annual quota: 2008

Current quota: 100 dossier cases per year
Resettlement numbers
Year Total arrivals
2014

117
2013

107
2012

90
2011

55
2010

203
2009

159

There are two main points to take home from this –
1. France has only been participating with the UNHCR refugee resettlement program since 2008, contrst that with Australia’s long-standing comittment to this program.
2. France resettles 100-200 refugees per yaer. Never mind per capita values, this is at best 1/100th of the amount of resettling of refugees that Australia does.

What continues to confuse me is that this information is hardly secret, and yet people insist on maintaining a belief that somehow Australia is not pulling its weight, when in fact we are world-leading.

…and now France has closed its borders completely, wishing they had followed Australia’s lead and done so 3 months ago, before ISIS sent hundreds of terrorists into Europe posing as “refugees”…

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34814203

France urgently needs another Charles De Gaulle.
The USA needs another Douglas Macarthur.
The UK needs another Winston Churchill.
Australia needs Tony Abbott back.

justin heywood 2:10 pm 14 Nov 15

Michelle_Dunne_Breen said :

By using mainstream media for information, your argument lowers itself to the same standard as me, where unfounded accusations fly left, right and center.

I confess that I too use ‘mainstream media’ for my information, having found ‘agenda based’ news to often have…well an agenda other than reporting the full story.

Why hint at greater knowledge Michelle, but refrain to discuss it further? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of posting here?

(if your purpose was increasing awareness of the plight of refugees, that is).

HenryBG 11:48 am 14 Nov 15

HenryBG said :

rubaiyat said :

France’s refugee intake: 210,207

Australia’s refugee intake: 23,434

Over 3x our intake rate per head of population.

…Some of us actual research rather than make it up.

I think it is very important for you to read the information provided here:
http://www.resettlement.eu/country/france

Start of annual quota: 2008

Current quota: 100 dossier cases per year
Resettlement numbers
Year Total arrivals
2014

117
2013

107
2012

90
2011

55
2010

203
2009

159

There are two main points to take home from this –
1. France has only been participating with the UNHCR refugee resettlement program since 2008, contrst that with Australia’s long-standing comittment to this program.
2. France resettles 100-200 refugees per yaer. Never mind per capita values, this is at best 1/100th of the amount of resettling of refugees that Australia does.

What continues to confuse me is that this information is hardly secret, and yet people insist on maintaining a belief that somehow Australia is not pulling its weight, when in fact we are world-leading.

…and now France has closed its borders completely, wishing they had followed Australia’s lead and done so 3 months ago, before ISIS sent hundreds of terrorists into Europe posing as “refugees”…

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34814203

HenryBG 11:45 am 14 Nov 15

rubaiyat said :

Australia accepts a miserable number of UNHCR refugees, less than 6000 per year only, ….
….
http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp1415/RefugeeResettlement
.

…and from that site, some of the other countries’ figures for 2012 were:
Sweden
1,483
Norway
1,137
United Kingdom
989
Finland
763

From you very own reference, the figure shows that Australia’s resettlement intake for 2012 was the 2nd-LEAST miserable amount in the world, without even calculating it on a per capita basis.

That makes us the 2nd-most generous country in the world!

And yet we keep hearing about how “terrible” we are, how “ashamed” you are, and so forth.

Your beliefs simply do not tally with the facts. It’s astounding.

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