Poor Tony Abbott is having a hard time today.
Not because people are expecting him, as Minister for Women, to actually, you know, do something on International Women’s Day, but because the United Nations is picking on him. Again.
That pesky UN, with all their talk of “human rights” and “not torturing children”. They are such spoil sports.
A new report prepared by the UN’s special rapporteur on torture, Professor Juan Mendez, has come right out and pointed the finger at Australia for breaching the international ban on torture, in its treatment of some asylum seekers.
The report says Australia should end the detention of children, who are reportedly suffering high rates of sexual and physical abuse in detention.
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Professor Mendez and his mean UN buddies also said that the Australian government “fails to fully and expediously cooperate” with the Human Rights Council‘s mandate, possibly because Tony Abbott doesn’t really believe that the UN is A Thing.
Now, Tony is already tuckered out from a hard day of International Women’s Day events, including visiting a fire station, shovelling some dirt with Mike Baird and posting a single meme acknowledging actual women. He’s in no mood for all this “international legal obligations” nonsense.
In fact, he would like Prof Mendez and his mates to please quieten the hell down.
“I really think Australians are sick of being lectured by the United Nations,” Tones declared in Parliament today.