Media Release: Bid for UN Human Rights Council a Great Opportunity to Better Australia’s Record on Rights

October 30, 2015

Leading human rights lawyers from Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) today commented that Australias bid for a position on the UN Human Rights Council presents a compelling opportunity for Australia to re-emerge from global human rights lagger to re-assume our position as a worldwide leader on human rights. Without a recommitment domestically, the disconnect between Australias aspirations for a seat on the Council and its domestic score-card on human rights will mean that Australia risks being viewed in many corners of the international community as insincere and an outlier that cannot speak with the authority necessary to build the credibility of the Council.

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