Australia Extensively Violates Fundamental Freedoms Through Laws

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The Australian government has introduced laws that violate fundamental human rights, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs said Monday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs cited a number of laws adopted after the 9/11 attacks that violate freedoms of speech, association and movement, the right to a fair trial, as well as prohibition on arbitrary detention, by granting excessive powers to the government.

"Over the last 14 years or so, the major political parties have agreed with each other to pass laws that threaten some of the most fundamental rights and freedoms that we have inherited from our common law tradition," Triggs said, in a lecture dedicated to the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

The Magna Carta is a 13th century human rights commission that detailed fundamental human rights, regulations of taxes, church, city, merchant and inheritance law, among other essential issues.

The current Australian legislation allows indefinite detention of refugees, asylum seekers, drug or alcohol abusers and mentally ill persons, and unacceptably leaves detainees without access to legal advice, the president said.

Triggs stressed that she has cited only a few examples of the excessive powers the Australian government has granted to itself, and that there are several more that have so far attracted little public attention.


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