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Thursday, 01 October 2015 11:39

No place for Australia on the UN Security Council or UN Commission for Human Rights

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Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150Father Claude Mostowik msc, Justice Network Coordinator of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), has criticised the move by Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to seek a place for Australia's membership on the United Nations Security Council or on the UN Commission for Human Rights.

"I am appalled that the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop could seek these positions whilst criticising the behaviour of countries such as Iran and Syria whilst ignoring the behaviour of governments such as Indonesia with regard to West Papua and its own appalling treatment of asylum seekers in Nauru, Manus Island and other detention centres," Fr Claude said.

With the words of political leaders in mind that "bad behaviour by any government should not be rewarded", Fr Claude was highly critical of Ms Bishop's words on ABC News when she stated, “We are an international leader in advancing the rights of women and girls, strengthening governance and democratic institutions, and promoting freedom of expression." He points out that women who are abused, sexually mistreated and raped on our watch in offshore detention centres are ignored.

Father Mostowik urged the Australian media to question the Government’s self-promotion as a country that respects international law and its selective administration of domestic law, e.g. domestic violence on shore but not to people under our care offshore.

He also asked the media to courageously hold the government accountable for the following:
• its failure to respect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees under its care;
• its failure to bring perpetrators of crime to justice or to hide their crimes by threatening whistle blowers

For more information, please contact:
Father Claude Mostowik msc 0411 450 953 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.