Indigenous group urges UN to help halt Adani mine
HUMAN rights lawyers have thrown their support behind indigenous group Wangan and Jagalingou as they push for UN help to halt the Carmichael coal mine.
The traditional owners of the central Queensland land where Adani hopes to build the $16 billion mine have appealed to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights for help on the grounds the group have been wronged according to international law.
Wangan and Jagalingou group spokesman Adrian Burragubba blames the Federal and Queensland governments for failing to protect the group's rights.
He said the governments' processes to approve the mine had breached the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights have also put a submission to the UN backing the group.
"ALHR is troubled that both the Australian and Queensland governments have done little to address the problem, clearly outlined in the Wangan and Jagalingou Peoples' submission to the UN, that throughout the consultation and negotiating process Adani has failed to respect their fundamental human rights," ALHR Queensland convenor Benedict Coyne (CORRECT) said.
An Adani spokesman said the Indian mining company had worked closely with many traditional owners on the project. Some have consented to the mine following negotiations with Adani.
The Federal Government is currently reassessing the mine's approval after it was overturned in court.
- APN NEWSDESK