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Old 30th November 2017, 10:15 AM
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ELIZABETH EVATT. Why not protect all our rights and freedoms?

The proposal to legislate for freedom of thought ,conscience and religion, as provided in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is a half measure which would leave other rights and freedoms without equivalent protection. And it may not produce the result which is aimed at.
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It would be remarkable if the conservative elements of politics, in their unwillingness to accept the fact of same-sex marriage, were to restart the debate on whether we should have comprehensive entrenched protection of the human rights in the UN Human Rights Covenants and Conventions which we have agreed to implement.

Incidentally, when asked recently about the international community’s views about Australia’s human rights record, the Foreign Minister referred only to Australia’s election to the political body, the Human Rights Council. Australia was elected to this body along with countries not noted for their protection of rights, such as Congo, Qatar, Burundi, Kyrgystan, Togo, Venezuela, Iraq, Rwanda and Saudi Arabia. But the independent treaty bodies, such as the Human Rights Committee, have another view of Australia’s human rights record. They have frequently condemned our treatment of asylum seekers and indigenous peoples, as well as our anti-terrorism laws. We should give greater attention to their views when we consider whether we are fulfilling our international obligations.
Some essential commentary and questions from Elizabeth Evatt AC, former member of the UN Human Rights Committee (1993-2000), Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists.

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The page won't come up now. I googled to the Elizabeth Evatt article and the two sites did the same. Blocked?.
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The page won't come up now. I googled to the Elizabeth Evatt article and the two sites did the same. Blocked?.
http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...DcnM0gTPxYvgCQ - currently works

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Both links work for me.

Also, I agree with Elizabeth Evatt.

How ironic, the conservative forces that have forever opposed a Bill of Rights to uphold the international conventions now want one, but only for their favoured, tiny fraction, of the rights in those conventions.
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