International Human Rights System


On 5 June 2002 Chris Sidoti, national spokesperson for the Human Rights Council of Australia, delivered a paper at the East Java Provincial Seminar, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia in which he gave an overview of human rights law and practice. View International Cooperation For Human Rights.

United Nations Human Rights Council

NGO Proposal on Review of the Human Rights Council

The UN General Assembly voted to conduct a review in 2011 of the work and functioning of the UN Human Rights Council. The Council has been less than effective in its mandate to promote human rights and has faced major criticism from the human rights community. The following NGOs have proposed a structure for the review that would encourage a positive outcome from the review.

Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM?ASIA), Association for the Prevention of Torture, Baha’i International Community, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Child Rights Information Network (CRIN), FIACAT, Human Rights Council of Australia, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), International Service for Human Rights , Lutheran World Federation, NGO Group on the Convention on the Rights of the Child


UN Human Rights Council 2009

During the last week of the Council Russia proposed a resolution under item 8 to deal with ‘traditional values and human rights’.

Read more on the UN Human Rights Council 2009.

Right to Development

Trick or Treat: The Effectiveness of the Human Rights System

The Charter of the United Nations states that one of the purposes of the United Nations, together with maintaining peace and security and developing friendly relations among nations, is the achievement of “international cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural and humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all …”


Human Rights Based Approach and the UN System

The study on Mainstreaming Human Rights: The Human Rights-Based Approach and the United Nations System looks into policies and practices endorsed throughout the UN system and highlights lessons learned and good practices that could provide inspiration for UNESCO’s action. Furthermore, it puts forward recommendations that are specific to UNESCO’s mandate in education, sciences, culture and communication.


Role of Australia

In the Golden Key Lecture delivered to students of the University of Western Sydney on 28 October 2002, Chris Sidoti, national spokesperson for the Human Rights Council of Australia, examined Australia’s role in promoting human rights throughout the world. He argued that Australia has lost its pre-eminence and standing as one of the world’s leading proponents of international human rights and encouraged the students to become involved in working for human rights so that Australia might in the future return to its previous position. View the International Human Rights Project.