• EAN: 9781864874099
  • 284 pages; 6" x 8⅝"
Filed Under: Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Human Rights


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"The language and concept of rights is one that Indigenous people turn to more and more. We all hold these rights by virtue of being human even if we have a different cultural construct of what those rights might mean in practice. This book makes a valuable contribution to those debates by providing a platform for the injection of perspectives from Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, as well as a number of overseas Indigenous lawyers and academics."Professor Larissa Behrendt, Director, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, Professor of Law and Indigenous Studies, University of Technology Sydney

Indigenous Human Rights is an edited selection of proceedings of the Australian Indigenous Human Rights Conference, organised by members of Southern Cross University in February 2000. The collection covers a range of issues relating to Indigenous human rights including: racial discrimination and ‘special measures’; removal of children; law and order; access to the United Nations; and prospects for the use of international law. One of the most important aspects of the book is the range of Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors from Australia, the Pacific, north America, and Europe.


Warwick Fisher & Sam Garkawe


Larissa Behrendt

Part 1: Indigenous Human Rights in Australia

The legitimacy of special measures

William Jonas and Margaret Donaldson

One Indigenous perspective on human rights

Irene Watson

Cultural rights, human rights and the contemporary removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families

Chris Cunneen and Terry Libesman

"Dry ’em out" or "lock ’em up": contrasting approaches to law and order in Tennant Creek

Pamela Ditton

Asserting Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights

Terri Janke

Part 2: International Developments in Indigenous Human Rights

The influence of Indigenous peoples on the development of international law

S. James Anaya

Locating human rights in the South Pacific: a Korero about human rights

Nin Tomas

The Indian Child Welfare Act, love has little to do with it

Mary Jo B. Hunter

Indigenous rights to self-government and self-determination: an Inuit Arctic perspective

Joern Berglund Nielsen

Part 3: Realising Human Rights

Realising human rights: utilising UN mechanisms

Elizabeth Evatt

Getting government to listen

Bill Barker

The real crime of the State and Indigenous people’s human rights

Paul Omojo Omaji

Unfinished business – national responsibilities and local actions

Peter Yu

The book makes a valuable contribution to the discourse on Australian indigenous human rights from an international perspective. – Law Institute Journal (Vic), September 2003

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