Every five years, the UPR considers the progress of every country in the realisation of all human rights.
In 1993 the World Conference on Human Rights recommended that
each State consider the desirability of drawing up a national action plan identifying steps whereby that State would improve the promotion and protection of human rights.
This was a result of an initiative by Australia, and was a concept principally developed by Mr Bill Barker of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australia was the first nation to develop a Human Rights Action Plan.
In 1994 Australia was the first nation in the world to provide a National Action Plan on Human Rights. This Plan is now difficult to find on Australian Government or United Nations sites and so it is attached here in MS Word and PDF formats for convenient access together with a 1995 update.
A second National Action Plan for Australia was released in 2004 by Prime Minister John Howard and provided to the United Nations.
This Plan is dificult to find on Australian Government or United Nations sites. It is linked from this page in PDF and MS Word formats for ease of access.
The Australian Human Rights Commission will be participating overnight in the Universal Periodic Review being held at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Addressing racism, the rights of Indigenous peoples, a Human Rights Act and overturning the mandatory detention of asylum seekers are among the key recommendations made to Australia by the international community at a crucial UN meeting on human rights in Geneva.