Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

July 22, 2024

Aboriginal Elder Describes Australia's Child Abuse to United Nations

Photo courtesy New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council, Censored News

Aboriginal Elder Describes Australia's Child Abuse to United Nations

By Brenda Norrell, Censored News, July 22, 2024

GENEVA -- Aboriginal elder BJ Cruse described the Australian government's child abuse and cultural genocide of children -- aimed at breaking Aboriginal children's spirit -- during the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

"In a public hospital at the age of five the nurses dressed me in an make shift gown, fashioned from an empty cooking flour sack, stenciled on the front and back was the word Abo which is short for Aboriginal it symbolizes a half human,” Cruse told the United Nations.

Cruse, Yuin and chairman of Eden Aboriginal Land Council in New South Wales, described being slapped and brutally punished as a child. He urged the United Nations to call out Australia for its child abuse and demand it compensate its victims.

“World criticisms caused Australian governments to end Aboriginal gene-pool genocide -- but failed to end governments lingering cultural genocide of Aboriginal people,” Cruse told the United Nations.

"Governments waged psychological warfare through intended cultural genocide by breaking Aboriginal children’s spirit with brutal conditioning to submissiveness for assigning, as domestic workers or placement within white homes. Government institutionalized Aboriginal child abuse endured into the 1970’s."

Cruse told the United Nations that Australia's government has not supported the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples -- which prohibits forced assimilation and destruction of culture -- despite its promise to do so.

Cruse’s statement was was among those submitted to the U.N. from Australia Aboriginals and human rights organizations, detailing the abuse of Aboriginal children in schools and institutions, high rates of incarceration rates of Aboriginal children in prisons, and high rates of deaths in custody.

The report of the U.N. Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 17th session, July 8 –12, now goes to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Photo courtesy New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council

Statement of BJ Cruse to the U.N. Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Thank you Mister/Madam Chairperson,

My name is BJ Cruse and I am a Yuin man and Chairman of Eden Aboriginal Land Council in NSW Australia.

I’d like to pay my respects to the Elders and Ancestors, past and present, and extend my appreciation to First Nations experts and participants at this session.

World criticisms caused Australian governments to end Aboriginal gene-pool genocide, but failed to end governments lingering cultural genocide of Aboriginal people.

White Australia policies prevented Aboriginal language and cultural practice.

Governments waged psychological warfare through intended cultural genocide by breaking Aboriginal children’s spirit with brutal conditioning to submissiveness for assigning, as domestic workers or placement within white homes. Government institutionalised Aboriginal child abuse endured into the 1970’s.

In a public hospital at the age of five the nurses dressed me in an make shift gown, fashioned from an empty cooking flour sack, stencilled on the front and back was the word Abo which is short for Aboriginal it symbolises a half human. Made to follow the nurses all day repeatedly holding onto one of their apron strings in each hand, failing to turn at the same time and direction I would pull a left or right apron string undone, hence she would slap me on the corresponding side of the face. When the nurse stopped suddenly and I ran into the back of her she would slap me on both sides of the face, if she walked too fast, I’d pull both apron strings undone and she would slap me on both sides of the face. When not following the nurses, I was forced to sit on the bed on my knees with my back straight and a stack of books on my head.

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday 13 September 2007. In 2017 Australia put forward a successful bid for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council along with a statement from the Australian government, pledging to support the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous people in both word and deed.

The Australian government continue to fail to do this. Article 8 of the Declaration states: ‘Indigenous peoples have the right not to be subject to forced assimilation or the destruction of their culture’. But Aboriginal peoples continue to suffer from the ongoing trauma and horrendous acts of child abuse committed by government institutions.

I call upon the Expert Mechanism to call out Australian governments and demand that more be done to properly compensate the many Aboriginal people that continue to suffer trauma from past Australian governments institutional cultural child abuse.

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Cruse's statement was presented to the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Issues, during the session on Item 3: Study and advice on Constitutions, laws, legislation, policies, judicial decisions, and other mechanisms through which States have taken measures to achieve the ends of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in accordance with Article 38 of the Declaration.


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July 17, 2024

Violence and Repression: Indigenous from Russia, Algeria and Nicaragua Appeal to United Nations

An Indigenous woman from Russia describes the coal and gold mining at the U.N. Screenshot Censored News.

Violence and Repression: Indigenous from Russia, Algeria and Nicaragua Appeal to the United Nations

By Brenda Norrell, Censored News, July 17, 2024

GENEVA -- The coal and gold mining in Russia has driven Indigenous Peoples from their homes and poisoned their rivers. In Nicaragua, the assassinations and imprisonment of land defenders has fractured families and communities, presenters told the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


In Algeria, the people have barely survived 3,000 years of violent colonization and genocide.

"Other people should not undergo what we have experienced – which is the case now in Palestine," said the representative from the Algeria Association, Learned Society of scientific research, religious and mystical bodies. Describing the genocide in Algeria, he said France has thousands of bones and craniums of the people in French museums.

Mount Graham Sacred Run July 18 --21, 2024

July 16, 2024

The Mother Tongue: Countering the Identity Thieves of Canada, Russia, Japan and U.S.

Josh Gandier. Photo Southern Chief's Organization, Censored News

The Mother Tongue: Recovering Indigenous Languages from the Identity Thieves of Canada, Russia, Japan and United States


By Brenda Norrell, Censored News, July 16, 2024


GENEVA -- Indigenous languages are on the verge of extinction in Russia. An ancient language in Japan is denied recognition by the government, while Native Americans struggle to recover from the torture in boarding schools that was meant to silence them. In Canada, efforts are underway to revitalize Anishinaabe after Native languages and culture were targeted with erasure in residential schools, presenters told the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

"My own hope for this decade is to see the restoration, formation and protection of intergenerational connections between youths, language keepers and communities," said Southern Chiefs Organization's youth delegate Josh Gandier, Peguis First Nation.

July 15, 2024

Apache Stronghold: Prayer Journey to Supreme Court



Apache Stronghold: Prayer Journey to Supreme Court

By Apache Stronghold, Censored News July 15, 2024

The Apache Stronghold started the journey of prayer to the Supreme Court to stop the shattering of human existence and to protect Mother Earth. We begin our journey with our relatives from the Lummi Nation, north of Seattle, Washington.