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Anti-intervention campaigner joins UN delegation

Media release 17/4/08 – for immediate release

Barbara Shaw, a prominent spokeswoman against the NT intervention, will join a delegation of more than forty Indigenous people from Australia attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York.

Ms Shaw is a resident of Mt Nancy Town Camp, an area “proscribed” under the intervention. She will use the trip to strengthen support for the campaign demanding repeal of all NT intervention legislation.

This meeting of the Permanent Forum will be focussed on the situation facing Indigenous People in the Pacific. Ms Shaw will raise the issue of breaches of UN human rights protocols by the Australian government through the intervention.

Ms Shaw plans to build support for the following resolution:

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues recognises that the Australian ‘Northern Territory National Emergency Response Intervention legislation’ contravenes a number of articles of the
Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues therefore:

1.demands the Australian Government signs and ratifies the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

2.demands that the Australian Government immediately reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act 1975,

3. demands that the Australian Government repeal all Northern Territory Emergency Response Legislation (2007)

4. demands that the Australian Government implement the 97 recommendations of the Ampe Akelyernemane Meke Mekarle – Little Children are Sacred report (Anderson and Wild, 2007)

It is rumored that the Rudd government will announce Australian support for the UN declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to coincide with the forum.

Ms Shaw arrives in Sydney this afternoon, April 17 at 5pm.

The delegation will leave from Sydney airport tomorrow, April 18 at 1pm.

Delegates will be available for interview and photograph at Sydney airport tomorrow morning.

For more information contact:

Barbara Shaw 0401291166
Les Malezer, leader of the delegation 0419710720

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