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 presented its voluntary pledges for election for the term 2019-2021 on 22 August 2018.
In the document, Austria pledged, inter alia, to:
At the international level: Contribute to the full implementation of the Council’s mandate, and support efforts to further strengthen the body; Continue to support and engage with OHCHR; Maintain its Standing Invitation, and continue to fully support and cooperate with the Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies; Implement UPR recommendations received during its last review, and present a mid-term report on implementation; Build bridges between the UN human rights mechanisms and other international organisations; Promote cross-regional cooperation; Maintain its cooperation with and support for, civil society; and oppose reprisals against human rights defenders; Continue to support initiatives on: the rights of minorities; freedom of speech and the safety of journalists; human rights of internally displaced persons; human rights in the administration of justice; and the abolition of the death penalty; Work to strengthen the rights of women, children, and persons with disabilities; promote the rule of law and human rights education; and lead the fight against human trafficking, racism and discrimination; Continue to integrate a human rights-based approach into development cooperation; Intensify efforts to promote intercultural dialogue and freedom of religion.
At the national level: Improve the framework conditions created for the integration of refugees and migrants; Expand the legal protection of children; Adapt and expand measures to prevent and combat corruption; Further strengthen the role of the Constitutional.
An analysis of steps taken by Austria in fulfilment of its pledges at the international level shows that it made a voluntary contribution to the OHCHR. Austria has a strong record of engagement with the Council and its mechanisms. It maintains a Standing Invitation to Special Procedures, has facilitated 100% of visit requests, and has responded to 66% of the received communications. Austria has participated in around 70% of panel discussions, sent a ministerial-level delegation to participate in the UPR, and produced a mid-term report on implementation. It has ratified all eight core human rights treaties.
Austria, has, as pledged, continued to support the initiatives on the rights of minorities; freedom of speech and the safety of journalists; human rights of internally displaced persons; human rights in the administration of justice; and the abolition of the death penalty; and the rights of women, children, and persons with disabilities.