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Universal Periodic Review of The Bahamas, 3 May 2023

Universal Periodic Review Working Group – 43rd Session

Universal Periodic Review of The Bahamas

3 May 2023

Statement by Australia

Thank you, [President/Vice President]

Australia commends The Bahamas for its progress in advancing human rights since its last UPR appearance, including its work towards introducing legislation to establish marital rape as a sexual offence and to redefine consent, in line with international treaty obligations.

Australia recommends The Bahamas:

  1. Accede to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
  2. Amend the Constitution to include prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  3. Establish a formal moratorium on the death penalty, as a step toward complete abolition.
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