OHCHR / AUSTRALIA

24-Oct-2023 00:01:23
The United Nations Human Rights spokesperson Marta Hurtado said, “We are deeply disappointed that a referendum on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Peoples of Australia did not pass.” OHCHR
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DATELINE: 24 OCTOBER 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Marta Hurtado, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are deeply disappointed that a referendum on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Peoples of Australia did not pass. However, we are encouraged that Australia is having a deeply important debate on the significant levels of exclusion and disadvantage suffered by Indigenous Peoples. We urge all Australians to embrace and reinvigorate the spirit of The Uluru Statement from the Heart, which offers a comprehensive roadmap towards reconciliation for all Australians. This has to be done in a positive climate grounded in human rights and devoid of hate, racism, and fearmongering. Political leaders must work to unite rather than divide Australians on this issue and intensify efforts to reach out to the First Peoples of Australia, on the basis of full equality and mutual respect, to find alternative ways of addressing their continued exclusion and disadvantage.”
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The United Nations Human Rights spokesperson Marta Hurtado said, “We are deeply disappointed that a referendum on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Peoples of Australia did not pass.”

“However,” she continued, “we are encouraged that Australia is having a deeply important debate on the significant levels of exclusion and disadvantage suffered by Indigenous Peoples.”

She also said, “We urge all Australians to embrace and reinvigorate the spirit of The Uluru Statement from the Heart, which offers a comprehensive roadmap towards reconciliation for all Australians. This has to be done in a positive climate grounded in human rights and devoid of hate, racism, and fearmongering.”

She concluded, “Political leaders must work to unite rather than divide Australians on this issue and intensify efforts to reach out to the First Peoples of Australia, on the basis of full equality and mutual respect, to find alternative ways of addressing their continued exclusion and disadvantage.”
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