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Human rights

Our commitment to human rights

  • Australian Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Fact-finding mission on Libya

    Australian statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Fact-finding mission on Libya

  • Australian Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Somalia

    Australian Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Somalia, 2 October 2020.

  • Australian Statement for the Interactive Dialogue on the Independent Expert’s report on Sudan

    Australian Statement for the Interactive Dialogue on the Independent Expert’s report on Sudan, 2 October 2020.

  • Australian Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Central African Republic

    Australian Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Central African Republic, 2 October 2020.

  • Australian Statement for the Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on the Democratic Republic of Congo and final report of experts on Kasai

    Australian Statement for the Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on the Democratic Republic of Congo and final report of experts on Kasai, 2 October 2020.

  • Joint Statement on Arbitrary Detention - Item 8, as delivered

    Joint Statement on Arbitrary Detention - Item 8, as delivered

  • MIKTA joint statement on annual discussion on the integration of a gender perspective

    MIKTA joint statement on annual discussion on the integration of a gender perspective

  • Joint Statement led by Germany on the Islamic Republic of Iran

    Joint Statement on the Islamic Republic of Iran, 25 September 2020

  • Australian statement for the Item 4 general debate

    Australia is proud to have consistently advanced human rights globally, including by holding others to account in line with our national values.

  • Australian Statement for the Interactive Dialogue on the annual report on the work of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    Australian Statement for the Interactive Dialogue on the annual report on the work of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

  • Australian Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Fact-finding mission on Libya

  • Australian Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Somalia

  • Australian Statement for the Interactive Dialogue on the Independent Expert’s report on Sudan

Our commitment to human rights

Australia is committed to advancing human rights globally. Men, women and children have the right to fundamental freedoms and to live their lives with dignity. Human rights underpin peace and prosperity. Australia's commitment to human rights reflects our national values and is an underlying principle of Australia's engagement with the international community.

Australia promotes and protects human rights at home and abroad

Australia's commitment to human rights is enduring: we were an original signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. We have been a leading proponent of its consistent and comprehensive implementation.

Protection and promotion of the human rights encapsulated in the Declaration is vital to global efforts to achieve lasting peace and security, and freedom and dignity for all.

Australia promotes human rights through constructive bilateral dialogue. Where appropriate, we work with countries to advance and protect human rights through development assistance and humanitarian support. At times, and especially in the case of gross human rights violations, we will apply sanctions.

Australia is committed to a strong multilateral human rights system. We continue to support the independent mandate of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. We promote efforts to strengthen the Human Rights Council and the wider human rights system. As a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2018–2020 term, Australia is particularly focused on:

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