Australian Human Rights Commission:
“Australia is scheduled to appear before the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in February 2011.
The Universal Periodic Review is a new process undertaken by the United Nations Human Rights Council. It involves review of the human rights records of all 192 Member States once every four years. The ultimate aim of the Review is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.
The UPR provides two major opportunities for Australia:
It allows the Australian community and Government to take stock of how well we are protecting the human rights of all people in Australia; and
It permits the Australian Government to inform the international community of the human rights situation in Australia and to engage with other countries about specified steps it will take to improve the enjoyment of human rights in Australia.
The Commission has prepared a series of Questions and Answers about Australia’s participation in the UPR process. This includes:
the process for the Universal Periodic Review
timeline for Australia’s appearance
how you can get involved and who to contact for further information.
To access the Q and A and for regularly updated information about the UPR process visit: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/upr/index.html “