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Indigenous Human Rights

Indigenous Human Rights

Edited by Sam Garkawe, Loretta Kelly and Warwick Fisher


"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


Published November 2001
Publisher Institute of Criminology, Sydney
ISBN 9781864874099
Australian RRP $33.00
International Price $31.00
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Aboriginal Studies
Indigenous Studies
Human Rights & Civil Liberties
Law - Indigenous
Law - Human Rights
Pacific Islands Studies
Law - Pacific Islands

Institute of Criminology, Sydney, Monograph Series

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