Written by: Faith Gordon, Lecturer in Criminology, Monash University
Last month, Australia appeared before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva for a five-year assessment of the government’s progress in protecting the rights of children. The hearing included submissions from the Australian government, the Australian Human Rights Commission and civil society organisations on everything from youth justice issues to children’s health and well-being.
Among those who spoke at the hearing was 12-year-old Dujuan Hoosan from Arrernte and Garrwa country in central Australia, who called on the Australian government to stop imprisoning 10-year-olds, support Aboriginal-led education programs, and respect the culture and rights of all children in Australia.
I came here to speak with you because the Australian government is not listening. Adults never listen to kids like me. But we have important things to say.
He is believed to be the youngest person ever to address the UN Human Rights Council.