The policies have been condemned as racist by the United Nations and human rights groups. Since they began, suicide attempts have more than doubled, and Aboriginal people's life expectancy is 20 years lower than the rest of the population. Yet the government is pushing to extend the legislation for the next 10 years.
But a huge international outcry can shame the Australian government into ending these policies. Indigenous rights movement Stand for Freedom has started a huge Change.org petition -- if thousands join now, the Australian government will see that the international community is watching -- and will not stand idly by while it strips Indigenous people of basic rights and freedoms.
The Australian government has a long history of speaking out in favour of human rights -- the last thing it wants is for attention to turn to its own controversial actions. A huge international outcry can shine a spotlight on the government's actions -- and ensure it doesn't get the support needed to pass the laws in parliament this week.
Click here to help stop the Australian government extending laws that strip Indigenous people of basic rights and freedoms.
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