"A First Nations group in Western Australia has secured a landmark victory in
the UN Human Rights Committee over a native title claim on land in the Pilbara
The UN Human Rights Committee (CCPR) has found that Australia breached
international human rights when building and mining on a portion of land
belonging to Indigenous Australians.
The Wunna Nyiyaparli is a landholding group within the larger Nyiyaparli
Indigenous group in the Pilbara region, covering territory known as the Roy
Hill Pastoral Lease. The group hold the rights over that land, under Western
Desert traditional law and customs. However, there are three mines on this
parcel of land: the Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak mines and the Roy Hill mine,
run by two separate parties.
In 2019, the group filed a complaint with the CCPR, stating that their 2012
native title claim to the land was recognised, but as the claim conflicted with
a wider matter, whereby the larger Nyiyaparli were negotiating with mining
companies, the dispute eventually went to court, where the Wunna Nyiyaparli
were excluded from proceedings.
Four years later, the CCPR found that Australia violated the Wunna Nyiyaparli’s
human rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
(ICCPR) and ordered justice for the group."
Via Future Crunch
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