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Submission: Australia UPR Mid-Term Report

Amnesty International Australia has made a submission to the Australian Government, who are preparing Australia’s mid-term report in response to its third cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) that took place in 2021.

Amnesty’s submission focuses on issues relating to First Nations justice; refugees and people seeking asylum; domestic human rights frameworks; sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status; rights of women; modern slavery; climate change; and international humanitarian law.

While the Australian Government has made progress on various human rights issues at the halfway mark of the third cycle, serious concerns must be swiftly addressed. The Australian Government should take urgent steps to reduce the incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Peoples, fulfil Australia’s international obligations toward people in detention, refugees and people seeking asylum, phase out fossil fuels, and equally importantly, legislate a Human Rights Act to protect the rights of everyone in Australia.

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