A possie in Aussie

March 23, 2009

Race relations and Africans in Australia

Filed under: human rights,race relations — Nayano @ 7:00 am
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Sunday was Harmony Day in Australia.

“The key message of Harmony Day is Everyone Belongs. It’s about community participation, inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.” Diverse Australia Program

Andrew Bartlett reminds us that it was also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and draws attention to a new project from the Human Rights Commission: African Australians: A report on human rights and social inclusion issues. african_australian_cover

A discussion paper is available for download from the Commission website, and submissions relating to the African experience of life in Australia are sought.

The two aims of the project are:

to explore the issues relating to the settlement of African Australians into the Australian community from a human rights perspective; to suggest solutions to issues raised and make recommendations to stakeholders to inform future policy, program and service design as well as public debate and education.

The Commission recently published a report instigated by concerns over the death of a 19-year-old African refugee at Noble Park Railway Station in 2007, and the comments by high profile public figures about Australian-Sudanese people before and after that incident that appeared to precipitate increased negative feeling about Australian-African migrants in the Dandenong area.

Guides to making submissions are available in all major African languages represented in Australia.

See previous posts here, especially A Stab in the Dark

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2 Comments »

  1. Cheers to Harmony Day!

    Comment by Al — March 23, 2009 @ 7:31 am | Reply

    • Cheers to you, too!

      Comment by nayano — March 25, 2009 @ 6:50 am | Reply


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