Australia News Live Update: No Decision On Novak Djokovic Visa, PM Says; More Than 145,000 Covid Cases And 53 Deaths Recorded Nationally

Human Rights Watch has just published its annual world report, which has, again, criticised Australia over “serious human rights issues”.

The report was critical of Australia’s record on Indigenous incarceration, the travel restrictions associated with Covid, and the treatment of people with a disability and older Australians.

For the first time, Human Rights Watch focused on climate, an area where Australia was found particularly wanting. The report criticised Australia’s per capita emissions, among the worst in the globe, its huge exports of fossil fuels, and the tax breaks afforded to fossil fuel companies, which have increased 48% since the Paris agreement in 2015.

The report yet again slammed Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, including those transferred to Australia and detained in hotel rooms for extended periods, where “access to sunlight, space to exercise, and fresh air is limited”. The plight of asylum seekers was given recent global exposure by the short-term detention of tennis star Novak Djokovic.

Human Rights Watch Australia researcher, Sophie McNeill, said the world increasingly struggled to comprehend why Australia took such “backwards” stances on issues like climate and asylum seekers. She told Guardian Australia:

Increasingly, the rest of the world and Australians are just saying ‘this is unacceptable, we can’t continue like this’.

We’re now seeing that with Australia’s climate policy, you’re increasingly getting that realisation around the world how backwards Australia is on this. The Djokovic issue has also reminded us that we’re also this way on asylum seekers.

We’ll have a full story on the report up soon.

Source : https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/jan/13/australia-news-live-update-national-cabinet-nsw-covid-cases-coronavirus-vaccine-novak-djokovic-alex-hawke-visa-tennis-australian-open-victoria-qld-morrison?filterKeyEvents=false&page=with:block-61dfbe2d8f0841d0f6ca84e6

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Australia news live update: no decision on Novak Djokovic visa, PM says; more than 145,000 Covid cases and 53 deaths recorded nationally

Source:The Guardian

Australia news live update: no decision on Novak Djokovic visa, PM says; more than 145,000 Covid cases and 53 deaths recorded nationally

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