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