MEDIA RELEASE - Triggs Attack Compromises UN Human Rights Council Bid

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS

MEMBER FOR ISAACS 

MEDIA RELEASE

TRIGGS ATTACK COMPROMISES UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL BID

 WEDNESDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2015

Labor is concerned the Abbott Government’s disgraceful attack on the President of the Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, is not only improper treatment of an independent statutory office holder, but will also compromise Australia’s bid for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

The Human Rights Council is the UN body tasked with promoting and protecting human rights. In considering Australia’s bid for a seat, Labor believes the international community will take an extremely dim view of the Abbott Government’s political interference with an independent statutory office holder undertaking her role in accordance with the law.

It was revealed in Senate hearings yesterday that the Abbott Government offered alternative work to Professor Triggs in an apparent inducement to give up her statutory role as President, which has a five year fixed term.

Professor Triggs is an eminent international lawyer of great integrity. Since her appointment in 2012 she has carried out her role with distinction.

Earlier this month, in response to the Abbott Government’s criticism of Professor Triggs, a UN working group urged Australia to “respect the rule of law and the international system for the protection of human rights by according the Australian Human Rights Commission and its President the respect that its role as the national human rights institution and her personal authority and high reputation require.”

The International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights has also raised serious concerns about the Australian Government’s behaviour in a letter sent to Prime Minister Abbott.

The former Labor Government announced Australia’s candidature for the UN Human Rights Council in June 2013.

 

 


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  • commented 2015-09-23 23:08:28 +1000
    THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
    DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

    Australia should have a closer look to what is happening in Uruguay – a democratic country since 1830 – where, since 2005, corrupt politicians gained government through national elections and proceeded to violate human rights with total impunity thanks to their majorities in Parliament CORRUPTION is being practised by (all) POLITICIANS; if unchecked [now is out of control] it will have a “snow-ball” effect and will generate more corruption.

    Uruguay is a clear example of a ‘False Democracy’. This happens when a band of delinquents, with a violent past, wins the country’s elections through ‘loopholes’ in the electoral laws – as dictated on the Constitution of the Republic – namely:
    • offering benefits: subsidies to the unemployed with no obligations in return (=vote purchase); political jobs/contracts &/or money) and by
    • breaching the Constitution (whereby the acting President cannot campaign).
    These politicians, once in power and with Parliamentary Majorities, are UNTOUCHABLE. The Opposition, unable to reach the State public jobs, exchange their votes in the Parliament for the President’s proposals.

    These corrupt practices are used beyond frontiers to negotiate relevant posts like:
    • A seat in the UN Security Council (Australia assisted with their vote on that occasion), or
    • As Secretary General of the Organization American States [OAS] (@almagro_oea2015). For this particular position, incredibly, the Commonwealth Caribbean Countries and Canada gave their votes to the corrupt official from Uruguay; in so doing became accomplices to ‘Acts of Corruption’ already denounced in the #IAHRC in 17/02/2007; also compromised the honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ii (HMQEii)
    OAS deals with Human Rights (#IAHRC) and, supposedly, combats Corruption (#MESICIC)

    PS: My ‘photo/denunciation’ appears in Twitter @martico1285; on Google and Facebook: Andres Irigoyen Diz
    This poster wouldn’t be tolerated by the Australian authorities if it was about one of their own officials.
    “Civil Societies“in Uruguay, with their silence towards Human Rights violations by the authorities, is tantamount to ‘Complicity after the Facts’.

    In the “800 anniversary” of the #MagnaCarta and as a member of the Commonwealth chaired by HMQEii, Australia should intervene through their Commonwealth Caribbean partners and request before the OAS.IACHR that my Petition 195-07(yes,2007) – which denounces Uruguayan officials in ‘Acts of Corruption’ – be finally investigated

    Andres Irigoyen Australian since 1968, Qld-4802