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Visit to Australia by the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Study on Discrimination against Indigenous Population, Mr Martinez Cobo



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M/97 14 June 1973

VISIT TO AUSTRALIA BY THE SPECIAL· RAPPORTEUR

OF THE UNITED NATIONS* STUDY ON DISCRIMINATION

AGAINST INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS, MR MARTINEZ OOBO

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Whitlam, announced

today that Mr Jose R. Martinez Coho, Special Rapporteur for the

United Nations’ Study on Discrimination Against Indigenous

Populations, would visit Australia from 1 6 - 2 3 June, to obtain

information about Australian Aborigines.

Mr Martinez Cobo, currently the Ambassador of Ecuador

to Mexico, is a member of the Sub-Commission on Discrimination

and Protection of Minorities of the United Nations’ Commission

of Human Rights.

He is also visiting Malaysia and New Zealand as part of

the study he has been appointed to undertake by the Sub-Commission.

While in Australia, Mr Martinez Cobo will visit Aborigines

in Sydney, Townsville, Cairns and Darwin.

He will also hold talks in Canberra with the Minister for

Aboriginal Affairs, members of the Council for Aboriginal Affairs

and with officers of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.