September 15, 2009

The Executive Director participated in a consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the forthcoming UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council. Eleven NGOs exchanged views with officials from DFAT, the Attorney-General’s Department, AusAID and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Issues canvassed included the functioning of the Human Rights Council and the effectiveness of the Universal Periodic Reviews, possible forthcoming resolutions at both forums, Special Procedures, Indigenous issues, women’s issues, and the Durban Review Conference.

The Human Rights Council of Australia drafted a set of recommendations to the Australian Government on improving and enhancing Australia’s human rights diplomacy. Click hereĀ human-rights-diplomacy-final