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UNITED NATIONS EXPERT ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE TO VISIT AUSTRALIA



10 August 2009

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, James Anaya, will visit Australia from 17 to 28 August 2009, at the invitation of the Government.

“During my the 12-day mission, I will investigate and report on the major challenges faced by indigenous peoples of the country in the enjoyment of their human rights,” said Mr. Anaya, “with a view toward contributing to steps to address those problems, as well as to identify good practices.”

The Special Rapporteur will travel to Canberra and to Adelaide, Perth, Alice Springs, Darwin, Groote Eylandt, Cairns, Sydney, and Brisbane to hold discussions with government representatives, indigenous communities and civil society groups on the human rights of indigenous peoples.

A press conference will be held in Canberra at the conclusion of the Special Rapporteur’s visit – on Thursday, 27 August – with additional information to follow. Professor Anaya will present the visit’s findings in a forthcoming session of the Human Rights Council.

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