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.
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Austria tabled pledges and commitments in support of its candidacy for membership for the period 2011-2014 on 11 March 2011.
Internationally, Austria pledged to: ratify the CPED and OP-CAT; foster a culture of cross-regional cooperation to contribute to the full implementation of the mandate of the Council; continue to sponsor resolutions at the Council and the Third Committee within a framework of cross-regional cooperation; protect the interests of children, women, persons with disabilities and other discriminated groups through bilateral cooperation; improve legal protection in the area of torture and in the area of crimes against humanity/war crimes; and accede to the UNESCO Convention against discrimination in education.
Domestically/regionally, Austria committed to: incorporate the rights of the child into the Constitution; ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse; participate in negotiations on a Council of Europe convention on combatting violence against women; promote human rights training on a national and global level; and promote intercultural dialogue and freedom of religion.
An analysis of steps taken by Austria in fulfilment of its pledges at international level shows that it has indeed ratified the CPED and the OPCAT (in 2012). However, it is yet to accede to the UNESCO Convention against discrimination in education. Austria has a strong record of engagement with the Council and its mechanisms. For example, it participates in around 70% of panel discussions, sent a ministerial level delegation to participate in the UPR, and produced a mid-term report on implementation.