We work to ensure that Australia engages positively and constructively with United Nations human rights bodies. We also work to ensure that Australia respects, implements and is held to account for its international human rights obligations both at home and abroad.

Respect for international human rights and the rule of law is essential for a fair, just and secure global community. Australia played a leading role in the establishment of the United Nations human rights framework and it is in our national interest to be a good global human rights citizen.

UN Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Law Centre attends the sessions of the UN Human Rights Council and provides regular updates on the Australian Government’s actions.

Australia was elected for a three-year term on the UN Human Rights Council in October 2017. The Council is the UN body responsible for protecting the rights and dignity of people all over the world. Made up of 47 States, the inter-governmental body meets three times a year.