UN reviews Indigenous issues
Australia has come under fresh criticism for the treatment of its Indigenous population.
UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is in Australia to examine the impact of the Federal Government takeover of remote communities.
The UN investigator is on a 15-day tour during which she will review the impact of laws created as part of the government's 2007 intervention.
“The special rapporteur's visit comes at a time we're hearing harrowing allegations from young people brutalised by the youth justice systems,” said Tammy Solonec, Indigenous Rights Manager of Amnesty International Australia.
“Prime Minister Turnbull must show federal leadership in setting a national plan to address it.”
Australia is seeking a seat on the 47-member UN Human Rights Council, which has repeatedly criticised Australia's treatment of Indigenous communities.
The UN is investigating issues including Indigenous detention rates and conditions, land rights, violence, and the displacement of children from their homes.
Tauli-Corpuz is due to report her findings in September.
Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities make up just three percent of its population, but are disproportionately overrepresented in case of suicide, alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and imprisonment.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says that as of 2016, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners accounted for over a quarter of the total prison population.