Tag: human rights council

  • As the US leaves the UN Human Rights Council, it may leave more damage in its wake

    As the US leaves the UN Human Rights Council, it may leave more damage in its wake

    Nikki Haley, the United States’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has announced the US will withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. AAP/EPA/Justin Lane By Sarah Joseph US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have announced the US was withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council (“HRC”). […]

  • Australia gets a rigorous human rights review in Geneva

    Australia gets a rigorous human rights review in Geneva

    By Marius Smith and Sarah Joseph We were lucky enough to be on hand in Geneva overnight to witness Australia’s appearance at the UN Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review. More than 100 nations reviewed Australia’s human rights record and made approximately 300 recommendations on how Australia can strengthen human rights protection. […]

  • Questions submitted in advance of Australia’s Universal Periodic Review

    By Marius Smith As Australia prepares to submit itself to the Universal Periodic Review over the next few hours, you can get an idea of what topics might come up by looking at the countries that have submitted questions to Australia in advance. More than a dozen countries have done so, and we have broken them […]

  • The World Reviews Australia’s Human Rights Record

    110 states have signed up to speak at Australia’s review, which is the fifth greatest number of states for this entire cycle.

  • LGBTI Rights and the UN – where to from here?

    By Paula Gerber In 2014, one can barely read the news without coming across a story concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) persons. Invariably these stories relate to violence, discrimination or other human rights violations inflicted on individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Occasionally, a good news story creeps in, […]