Australia Lodges National Report for the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review
Canberra. ACT (News4us.com) November 5, 2010
Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today announced the lodgement of Australia’s National Report for the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review.
“The preparation of the National Report is an important part in our preparation for Australia’s appearance before the Human Rights Council in January 2011. It provides an overview of the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia, achievements and challenges, and key national priorities,” Mr McClelland said.
The Universal Periodic Review is a new process undertaken by the United Nations Human Rights Council to review the human rights records of all 192 Member States of the United Nations once every four years. The review will be based in part on information provided by Member States in the form of national reports.
Australia’s first appearance at the Universal Periodic Review will take place in Geneva on 27 January 2011.
“The Australian Government is committed to engaging with the international community to promote and protect human rights at home, in our region and in the rest of the world.” Mr McClelland said. “As a public and interactive peer review of all UN Member States, the Universal Periodic Review will ensure greater transparency and accountability regarding human rights issues.
The ultimate aim of the review is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.
Australia’s report has been coordinated by the Attorney-General’s Department in consultation with Commonwealth Departments, States and Territories, the Australian Human Rights Commission and non-government organisations.
Australia’s National Report is available at www.ag.gov.au/upr.
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