During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on human rights and counter terrorism, 2018; SR on housing, 2018
Australia presented pledges and commitments in support of its candidacy for membership for the period 2018-2020 on 24 July 2017.
Australia made a number of pledges and commitments. They include: Continue to support gender equality throughout its aid programme; Work collaboratively with other States to encourage equality before the law, reduce violence against women, and promote gender equality; Take measures to eliminate gender-based discrimination and promote policies to increase women’s workforce participation; Promote and uphold good governance and the rule of law around the world; Promote good governance and strong democratic institutions in Australia; Continue to support developing countries, through its aid programme, to strengthen public services and develop effective rule of law and justice agencies; Advocate for the protection of journalists, human rights defenders and civil society. Work with other countries to ensure that individuals are able to enjoy the same human rights online as they do enjoy offline, including freedom of expression; Advance human rights for indigenous peoples; Work towards a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution as Australia’s First Peoples; Continue to give practical effect to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Strengthen the capacity of multilateral system to engage on issues affecting the world’s indigenous peoples; Promote strong national human rights institutions (NHRIs) and capacity building; Work with other States to support the implementation of international human rights obligations; Build capacity and strengthen NHRIs and civil society, especially in the Indo-Pacific region; Support the efforts of other States to address human rights violations and abuses, and hold those responsible to account; Advocate for measures that facilitate the early warning of potential mass human rights abuses as well as for appropriate preventative measures.
Additionally, Australia has committed to ratify the OP- CAT by the end of 2017.
An analysis of steps taken by Australia in fulfilment of its pledges at the international level shows that it has indeed ratified the OP-CAT (in 2017). Australia has supported the initiatives to fight discrimination and violence against women, uphold the rule of law, promote and protect freedom of expression and the rights of indigenous peoples.