ICESCR: NGO Reports for UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Review of Australia

The UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights will review Australia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva on 5 and 6 May 2009. On 4 May 2009, a non-government delegation, comprising representatives from the Human Rights Law Resource Centre, the National Association of Community Legal Centres and Kingsford Legal Centre, will brief the Committee on the state of  human rights in Australia and measures to improve performance.  The Committee will release its report on Australia on or around 22 May 2009.

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ICCPR: UN Human Rights Committee releases Concluding Observations on Australia

The UN Human Rights Committee has released its Concluding Observations following a review of Australia's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  The Committee's recommendations on Australia are the first since 2000 and an important test for the Rudd Government in light of its Security Council bid and its stated commitment to 'human rights leadership'. The Committee comments on a number of positive human rights developments in Australia, including the National Human Rights Consultation and the Apology to the Stolen Generations.  However, the Committee also raises a number of serious concerns and makes concrete recommendations for reform.

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ICCPR: NGO Reports for UN Human Rights Committee Review of Australia

The UN Human Rights Committee will review the state of human rights in Australia in March 2009 in New York. On 16 and 23 March, the Committee will be briefed by a coalition of leading Australian human rights organisations, including the Human Rights Law Resource Centre, the National Association of Community Legal Centres and Amnesty International.  On 23 and 24 March, the Committee will receive submissions from a high-level delegation from the Australian Government.  It will release its report on Australia on or around 3 April.

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