Universal Periodic Review of Finland, Statement by Australia, 9 November 2022
Universal Periodic Review Working Group – 41st Session
Universal Periodic Review of Finland
Statement by Australia
Wednesday 9 November 2022
Thank you, [President/Vice President]
Australia welcomes Finland’s long-standing and strong commitment to human rights. Australia welcomes Finland’s actions to establish a National Action Plan to address domestic and family violence. Australia also welcomes Finland’s recent amendment to the criminal code to strengthen protections against sexual crimes.
Australia recommends that Finland:
- Ensure the right to self-determination is protected for the Sami, including possible amendments to the Act of the Sami Parliament.
- Harmonise their Action Plan for Combatting Violence against Women and their Action Plan for implementation of the Istanbul Convention.
- Strengthen the protection of human rights by ensuring cohesion and closer cooperation between relevant agencies and bodies.
- Reform legislation to remove the requirement of infertility or sterilization as a condition for the legal recognition of gender reassignment.