Australia seeks membership of the UN Human Rights Council

October 19, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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Australia has launched its candidacy for membership for the first time of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2018-20 term.

Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said: “Our inaugural candidacy embodies our commitment to the aims and purposes of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to the ongoing promotion and protection of human rights, both here in Australia and around the world.

On the Council, Australia would focus on advancing the rights of women and girls, governance and democratic institutions, freedom of expression, religious freedoms, human rights for indigenous peoples around the globe, and national human rights institutions.

We would continue to be a strong advocate for global abolition of the death penalty, one of Australia’s core human rights objectives.

Australia would aim to advance human rights in practical, sensible ways that have far‑reaching systematic effects over time – with a focus on our Indo-Pacific region.

We would bring a principled and pragmatic approach to our term on the Human Rights Council, the same approach we demonstrated during our recent membership of the UN Security Council.”

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