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Australia: Commission provides progress report on UPR recommendations

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The President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, addressed the UN Human Rights Council by video statement.


On March 20, the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, addressed the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by video statement.

The statement provided an update on the progress made by Australia in 2014 to implement recommendations made at the last Universal Periodic Review.

Professor Triggs' statement welcomed the progress Australia has made in implementing its UPR commitments over the past 12 months. These achievements included continued support of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the launch of a National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery.

Professor Triggs told the Human Rights Council that, despite this progress, "Australia has fully implemented only 11% of the UPR recommendations that it accepted in whole or in part. There remain substantial weaknesses in Australia's protection of human rights."

She also highlighted challenges in the area of asylum seeker and refugee policy and delays in the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.

Since 2012, the Australian Human Rights Commission has conducted an annual assessment of Australia's progress in implementing the recommendations from the first Universal Periodic Review. This takes the form of an annual Progress Report that is provided to the Human Rights Council.

The 2014 Universal Periodic Review Progress Report is available on the Commission's website.

Australia's second Universal Periodic Review will take place in November 2015. The Australian Human Rights Commission will submit an independent report to the Human Rights Council in advance of Australia's review.

Date: 21 March 2015

Source: Australian Human Rights Commission