Since 2007, the Australian government has stripped Indigenous people of basic freedoms. Police can enter their homes without a warrant. Aboriginal criminal suspects have no right to remain silent. And the possession of a single can of beer can be punished with 6 months in jail (!).
The policies have been condemned as «racist» by the United Nations and human rights groups . Since they began, suicide attempts have more than doubled, and Aboriginal people’s life expectancy is 20 years lower than the rest of the population . Yet the government is pushing to extend the legislation for the next 10 years.
But a huge international outcry can shame the Australian government into ending these policies.Indigenous rights movement Stand for Freedom has started a huge Change.org petition — if thousands join now, the Australian government will see that the international community is watching — and will not stand idly by while it strips Indigenous people of basic rights and freedoms.
The Australian government has a long history of speaking out in favour of human rights — the last thing it wants is for attention to turn to its own controversial actions. A huge international outcry can shine a spotlight on the government’s actions — and ensure it doesn’t get the support needed to pass the laws in parliament this week.
Spread the news in order to collect the signatures needed and help the international campaign of Stand for Freedom to stop it. It’s time for all people to be treated as equals and with kindness, no matter colour, nationality or religion. It’s up to us to stop this eradication of freedom of choice!!!