On Tuesday 14th December 2021, at 6.30pm (AEDT), Amnesty’s Redfern Action Group will host a free online forum:
Marking Human Rights Day – A time to reflect:
Can we do more to respect the Human Rights of First Nations Peoples of Australia?
This forum will look at the implementation and impact of current and proposed legislation across several human rights areas including federal and state laws.
One focus will be Amnesty’s Youth Justice campaign including the campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility and support community led youth welfare programs. This campaign is also calling for the repeal of the Northern Territory’s recent introduction of more punitive bail laws and the use of police cages to transport youth.
Guest speaker, Rikki Dank, Traditional Owner from Gudanji and Wakaya Nations, who has recently returned as only one of four delegates of First Nations Peoples of Australia at COP26 in Glasgow, will address the urgent call from First Nations Peoples for climate justice and the right and critical urgency to care for country.
Rikki and her family have been actively trying to protect her Country from exploitation and destruction from mining and industry for more than three decades.
Rikki’s husband Dr Sanjit Paul will also join the panel. He is the father of First Nations children and stands in solidarity with Rikki for First Nations rights.
Panellist, Professor Jon Altman AM will explore the need for sovereignty and self-determination regarding Aboriginal land rights and the future of CDP now called Remote Engagement Program.
Ms Rikki Dank/Lhudi Noralima – Traditional Owner from Gudanji and Wakaya Nations, Nimragikyi
Dr Sanjit Paul, father and husband of a Traditional Owner
Jon Altman, emeritus professor at ANU and adjunct professor at UTS Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research
Amnesty speaker TBC
More speakers to be confirmed