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Human Rights and the Asia-Pacific region

Australia supports capacity building to implement international human rights standards globally and in the Asia-Pacific.


Australia engages in bilateral dialogues with China, Vietnam and Laos. The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade conducted an Inquiry into Australia's Human Rights Dialogues with China and Vietnam in 2011–12. The Australian Government response to the inquiry was tabled on 20 June 2013.

The Australian Government implements Human Rights Technical Cooperation Programs with China, Laos and Vietnam which support the work of the dialogues.

Regional Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions

Australia works with the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF), the International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs (ICC), governments, civil society and regional actors (including the Pacific Islands Forum) to encourage the formation, and build capacity, of National Human Rights Institutions in the region.

The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body that is responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia. Each state and mainland territory in Australia also has its own human rights body, usually termed anti-discrimination and/or equal opportunities commission.

Last Updated: 3 August 2017
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