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The Human Rights Measurement Initiative has released 2019 human rights data for Australia, with some disturbing results:

Australia scores only 5.5 out of 10 for freedom from torture

Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders are identified as particularly at risk of violation of all 12 human rights HRMI measures

Refugees and asylum seekers are also at heightened risk of a range of abuses

Disabled people are at extra risk of rights violations.

HRMI is the first global project to track the human rights performance of countries. Its 2019 Human Rights metrics give human rights scores on up to 12 different human rights contained in United Nations treaties, for over 180 countries.

HRMI’s 2019 data on Australia contain many positive scores, but also some strikingly poor results, particularly in terms of who is most at risk of rights abuses.

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