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Universal Periodic Review of Eswatini (Swaziland), Statement by Australia, 8 November 2021

Universal Periodic Review Working Group – 39th Session

Universal Periodic Review of Eswatini

Statement by Australia

8 November 2021

Thank you Madame President,

Australia has been following the unrest in Eswatini throughout 2021, and regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained. We condemn acts of violence and encourage the inclusion of all stakeholders in peaceful and open dialogue about the way forward.

Australia welcomes the enactment of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act 2018 in Eswatini and commends the progress the Act makes towards achieving gender equality for all EmaSwati.

Australia recommends that Eswatini:

  1. Continue reforms that prioritise women’s empowerment and gender equality, including taking steps to develop an implementation plan for the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act 2018, working with law enforcement authorities, the judiciary, communities and traditional leaders.
  2. Establish an immediate formal moratorium on the death penalty with the view to its ultimate abolition, and ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
  3. Create a political and security environment that facilitates inclusive, productive dialogue that ensures respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
  4. Repeal or amend laws discriminating against minority groups, including those that criminalise consensual same-sex acts between adults.

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