Universal Periodic Review of Australia in November 2015 – NGO Materials

The Universal Periodic Review ('UPR') is a mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council which reviews the human rights records of all 193 United Nations Member States. Australia was last reviewed under the Universal Periodic Review in January 2011.

In March 2015, a coalition of non-government organisations (NGOs) from across Australia prepared a joint NGO submission to the Australia's second review under the Universal Periodic Review.  The submission was prepared with substantial input and guidance from a high-level NGO Working Group and was endorsed by over 190 organisations.

To assist States, NHRIs and NGOs to participate in the upcoming Universal Periodic Review of Australia in 2015, the NGO coalition has prepared a range of thematic fact sheets, which contained more detailed information:

Fact Sheet 1 - Constitutional, Legislative and Institutional framework

Fact Sheet 2 - Equality & Non Discrimination

Fact Sheet 3 - Democratic Rights & Freedoms

Fact Sheet 4 - Administration of Justice

Fact Sheet 5 - Poverty

Fact Sheet 6 - Housing and Homelessness

Fact Sheet 7 - Counter-terrorism

Fact Sheet 8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Fact Sheet 9 - Gender Equality

Fact Sheet 10 - Disability

Fact Sheet 11 - Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Fact Sheet 12 - Children's Rights

Fact Sheet 13 - Culturally and Linguistically Diverse People and Communities

Fact Sheet 14 - Rights of Older People

Fact Sheet 15 - Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex

Fact Sheet 16 - Prisoners

Fact Sheet 17 - Police

Fact Sheet 18 - International Assistance and Business

UPR Process

Australia's appearance before the Human Rights Council for its UPR will take place in November. Further information is available here.