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'Some improvement but more to do': Australia reports to UN

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has briefed the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva on Australia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

“The Australian Human Rights Commission acknowledges some positive developments in how Australia protects human rights,” Commissioner Santow said.

“This includes the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and legal protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.”

Australia adds its human rights expertise to UN Council

Australia’s election to the United Nations Human Rights Council acknowledges the expertise and leadership Australia brings to international human rights, according to the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Rosalind Croucher.

Australia adds its human rights expertise to UN Council

Australia’s election to the United Nations Human Rights Council acknowledges the expertise and leadership Australia brings to international human rights, according to the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Rosalind Croucher.

Commission reports on Melbourne immigration detention facilities

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released the findings of its inspections of the Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre (MIDC) and the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention facilities.

The Commission has previously welcomed the reduction in the overall number of people in immigration detention, and particularly the release of almost all children from closed immigration detention facilities.

However, the Commission remains concerned about aspects of the detention system that may lead to breaches of international human rights law.

Information concerning Australia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (2017)

Summary

This submission provides information concerning the civil and political rights of key population groups in Australia and other thematic issues engaging civil and political rights. In relation to each section, the Commission has referred to the relevant articles of the ICCPR engaged and (where appropriate) the relevant paragraph of the Committee’s list of issues prior to reporting dated 9 November 2012.

This submission provides information concerning the civil and political rights of key population groups in Australia and other thematic issues engaging civil and political rights. In relation to each section, the Commission has referred to the relevant articles of the ICCPR engaged and (where appropriate) the relevant paragraph of the Committee’s list of issues prior to reporting dated 9 November 2012.

CRPD Information for List of Issues Prior to Reporting – Australia (2017)

Information for List of Issues Prior to Reporting – Australia

Submission to Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

June 2017

Information concerning Australia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2017)

Submission by the Australian Human Rights Commission to the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights
 

 

Commissioner invites OPCAT submissions

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has released a consultation paper and a call for submissions on Australia’s implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).

Hobart Oration

“A fair go for all: the state of human rights protection in Australia”                                                                                                                                                                                                             Check against Delivery

I am honoured to be invited to deliver the 7th Hobart Oration and I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Palawa people of Tasmania.

Updated: immigration snapshot

A new report on asylum seekers, refugees and human rights has been released today, aiming to give parliamentarians, key commentators and the community a clear understanding of the human rights issues that arise from Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies.

The Snapshot Report is an updated version of a 2013 publication and aims to help readers understand the relationship between Australia’s policies and our international obligations. The 2017 Report outlines both positive developments and current challenges facing asylum seekers and refugees.