The First Nations sovereignty movement is making a last ditch effort to stop Australia getting a seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), where voting begins on Thursday 18th October, 2012.
A second letter was sent to all UN Ambassadors in New York explaining Australia's position in terms of world affairs.
Mr Anderson spokesperson wrote that Australia shows it doesn't have a mature capacity to articulate foreign policy under international law.
" ... Australia clearly fails to articulate sound social justice policies, but rather confronts First Nations people under the original 'rules and disciplines of war' and thereby applies rules of a police state as a methodology to continually confront Aboriginal people around this country. Statistics of the imprisonment and arrest rates is clear evidence attesting to these police actions."
16 October 2012
Re: First Nations oppose Australia’s bid for a seat on the Security Council
As leader of the Euahlayi nation and an elected representative of the Gomeroi nation in northwest New South Wales I wish to reinforce our opposition to Australia’s bid for a seat on the Security Council.
My previous letter dated 27 September 2012 raised objections on three issues namely: Australia is a colonial power with a constitution which is an Act of the British parliament; Australia in breach of UN Conventions and fails to comply with treaty body procedures; and Australia still has no effective law against genocide.
Australia is a country that constantly violates international treaties in respect to its human rights abuses within its own borders, as recorded in the many submissions to UN treaty bodies on the treatment of First Nations Peoples and refugees.
Australia is immature and unable to develop its own independent thinking. It is not surprising that this immaturity stands out in a recent media statement on national ABC TV by Foreign Minister Bob Carr. On 8 October 2012 during the ABC Four Corners program on Syria, the Foreign Minister proposed that the ‘assassination’ of the Head of State, President Bashar al-Assad could be a solution to the Syrian crisis:
‘This sounds brutal and callous but] perhaps an assassination combined with a major defection, taking a large part of its military, is what is required.’
[Transcript at: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2012/10/04/3603727.htm]
As one commentator wrote:
Carr’s words were carefully chosen. As an experienced (if currently unelected) politician he knew very well the comment would attract attention. But there are good reasons why foreign ministers rarely promote assassination: it violates diplomatic protocols, is against international law and probably constitutes a criminal offence under Australian law.
Clearly, Australia is currently unable to be a responsible member of the Security Council.
Furthermore, Australia’s colonial mindset is exemplified in its attitude towards the imprisonment of Aboriginal people. We are but 3% of the population but the imprisonment rate is increasing. The imprisonment of Aboriginal women is up by 60% between 2000 and 2010. We are alarmed by the way Australia criminalises ‘otherness’.
The Bureau of Statistics reveals:
Between 2001 and 2011, imprisonment rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians increased from 1,267 to 1,868 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners per 100,000 adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. In comparison, the rate for non-Indigenous prisoners increased from 125 to 130 per 100,000 adult non-Indigenous population.
Australia continues to be a colonial state of Britain and as such Australia has no place on the Security Council. The Head of the Australian state is a foreigner in the guise of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, who, through her agent the Governor-General of Australia, is the Commander in Chief of our armed forces under British Admiralty law.
We implore you to support independent thinking nations who are much more mature in world affairs.
Michael Anderson, Chair
Interim National Unity Government
Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia
and Leader of the Euahlayi Nation