Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 15:04:00 +1100 (EST)
Subject: LL:Aboriginal activist loses High Court Bid
Thorpe loses bid to take case to international court
From ABC Australia - Online News
12 December 1997
Regional News Service Trial
Aboriginal activist Robert Thorpe has lost his final High Court bid,
to have his allegations of Aborginal genocide taken to the
International Court of Justice.
He now plans to independently take the case into the international
arena, and believes there is a network of supporters overseas who will
Mr Thorpe wanted the High Court to declare that the Commonwealth owed
a fiduciary obligation to Aboriginies, based on the harm inflicted on
them over the past 200 years.
He also asked the court to order the Commonwealth to take the case to
the United Nations' International Court of Justice.
Mr Thorpe says he cannot take his case any further in Australia, but
is confident about its future internationally.
"We know where we're going to succeed is in the international court,"
"The only time Aboriginal people have ever had any impact is when
they've exposed things at an international level.
"Forget about everything else - nothing works. It's that international
exposure which brings home the point to Australia."
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