Saturday, January 07, 2012

Children of the Sunrise

In 2007, four countries in the world opposed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. In 2008, the police and armed forces of the Government of Australia invaded Northern Territory Aboriginal communities with the intent of seizing control of their homelands.

In 2011, the story of The Intervention was exposed to the world in the dramatic award-winning documentary Our Generation. Amnesty International and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights have since condemned the Australian government for its flagrant violation of international law.

As Australia seeks to expel indigenous peoples from Aboriginal territories in order to mine uranium and other minerals, the attention of the world is now on them. Thanks in part to the power of this film, the Children of the Sunrise are fighting back.

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