The Human Rights Law Resource Centre and the Australian Human Rights Commission present
Taking Human Rights from Geneva to Geraldton and Geelong:
Using the Universal Periodic Review Process to Improve Human Rights on the Ground
The Hon Catherine Branson QC
Australian Human Rights Commission
Dr Annemarie Devereux
Office of International Law, Attorney-General’s Department
Human Rights Law Resource Centre
Sydney, 29 March 2011
12.30pm – 2.00pm
DLA Phillips Fox, 201 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Melbourne, 6 April 2011
1.00pm – 2.30pm
Room 102, Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
RSVP by 23 March to firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 8636 4450
On 27 January 2011, Australia’s human rights record was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva under the Universal Periodic Review, a process which provides other countries the opportunity to ask questions and make recommendations regarding the human rights performance of the country under review.
Australia received over 145 recommendations from 50 countries. The Government was widely praised for its constructive engagement with the process and for initiatives such as the national Human Rights Framework, the Apology and the commitment to ‘Close the Gap’. However, the Government also faced calls to enact a Human Rights Act, recognise same-sex marriage, abolish mandatory detention and entrench Indigenous rights in the Constitution. The Government has committed to respond to the recommendations by June.
Join our expert panel, each of whom was in Geneva for the review, to discuss the process and the ways in which we can use the UPR to promote and protect human rights on the ground.