Australian Government criticised on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights at UN

Australian Government criticised on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights at UN

The UN Human Rights Committee has taken aim at the Australian Government’s treatment of sexual minorities. The comments came in the same week Australia was elected to the UN Human Rights Council. Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said Australia should be concerned about its international legitimacy so soon after its appointment to the UN Human Rights Council.

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“Shocking” “disturbing”: Australian Government slammed for its cruelty to refugees at UN hearing

“Shocking” “disturbing”:  Australian Government slammed for its cruelty to refugees at UN hearing

Just one day after condemning the Australian Government’s “chronic non-compliance” with international human rights laws, in a further hearing overnight the expert Committee honed in on the Government’s cruelty to refugees and in particular its offshore detention regime. The Human Rights Committee described the policies as “shocking” and “disturbing”.

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New Nauru contractor is accepting a poisoned chalice

New Nauru contractor is accepting a poisoned chalice

Australian engineering firm Canstruct will be complicit in serious human rights abuses if it takes over the contract to run the Australia’s immigration detention centre on Nauru. A leaked memo from Canstruct’s CEO overnight, shows the company will take over the contract to run the Nauru centre by the end of the month, and will be paid $8 million by the Australian Government.

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Australia’s “chronic non-compliance” “completely off the charts” says UN

Australia’s “chronic non-compliance” “completely off the charts” says UN

Overnight Australia was slammed by the UN Human Rights Committee for its “chronic non-compliance” with, and disengagement from, that Committee’s work. Australia’s record on human rights was found lacking as part of the Committee’s review into Australia’s protection of civil and political rights.

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Government ignores advice of expert group on business and human rights

Government ignores advice of expert group on business and human rights

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has come under strong criticism from members of an advisory group that the Minister established just this year. Members of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group on the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were disappointed that their recommendations have been dismissed outright by the Foreign Minister. 

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