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Launching Australia's newest human rights NGO intent on getting Australia to comply with the UN and remedy human rights violations.
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Dear <<Given Name>>,

We invite you to be part of an exciting new initiative building greater respect for human rights in this country. Australia has a proud history of involvement in establishing the United Nations and universal human rights laws. But in recent decades, Australia has committed gross and systematic human rights violations with flagrant disregard for the UN's views on its conduct.

People are often surprised or disappointed to learn that the UN can't enforce its own decisions, but the fact is public pressure is needed to ensure human rights are respected. The UN provides authoritative decisions on Australia's human rights performance, and it's up to us to ensure they're implemented. It's time to support the UN, hold Australia to account and ensure violations are remedied. It's time for Remedy Australia.

Remedy Australia is launched today with a very specific mandate: to get Australia to comply with UN decisions on human rights complaints, both past and future.

Today is a special anniversary for Australians and millions of people around the world. Today is the 20th anniversary of Toonen v Australia.

Nick Toonen's was the first Australian case won at the UN back in 1994.  Toonen and his then-partner, Rodney Croome, were at the forefront of the gay rights movement in Tasmania, the last Australian state where consenting sexual contact between adult men in private remained a crime. Toonen argued that the legislation infringed his right to privacy and the UN agreed with him. Twenty years on, the Toonen case represents a human rights victory not just for Nick, but a legal precedent cited around the world. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights describes it as 'a watershed with wide-ranging implications for the human rights of millions of people'. Nick Toonen is co-founder of Remedy Australia and Rodney Croome serves on its Advisory Council, along with Elizabeth Evatt, Sarah Joseph, Nick Poynder and Chris Sidoti.

To launch Remedy Australia, we have sent a report to the UN following-up all Australian cases to date and assessing Australia's progress in remedying each violation.  The results are not good.  Australia has remedied only 18% of complaints upheld against it so far.  Will you help people like Patrick Coleman (right) obtain justice?

Read the Report

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Thanks from all of us here at Remedy Australia.  We hope you will join us on the journey.

Background

The UN has independent experts who determine when human rights violations have occurred, based on individual complaints brought before them. Since agreeing in 1991 to participate in this form of arbitration, Australia has had the 4th highest rate of adverse decisions in the world (after South Korea, Jamaica and Uruguay). Over the past 20 years, Australia has been found to have violated human rights in 33 individual cases and has repeatedly ignored these UN rulings.

The right to remedy goes hand-in-hand with every other human right. If your human rights are violated, you are entitled to have something done about it. It is the right to have restored what is lost when human rights are violated. Where restitution is not possible, it is the right to reparations, compensation, redress.

It’s a right in international law which Australia is obliged to uphold.

Patrick Coleman (above) was a 26 year-old uni student when he made a speech in a pedestrian mall without a permit, in breach of a council by-law. He was fined and subsequently detained by police for 5 days for non-payment of the fine. The UN found that his speech was on subjects of public interest (human rights, land rights and mining) and his conduct was neither threatening nor disruptive. His arrest, conviction and imprisonment were 'disproportionate' and 'undoubtedly' a violation of his right to freedom of expression. Australia is required to quash his conviction, refund his court costs (nearly $3,000) and compensate him for his imprisonment. It has done none of these.

We find this shocking and outrageous. Join us in fighting for a remedy for Patrick Coleman and many others.

Take action today
Nick Toonen
Director
Remedy Australia
Olivia Ball
Director
Remedy Australia
 
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