The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Mr Michel Forst, undertook an official mission to Australia from the 4 to 18th of October.
UNIC Canberra assisted with logistical arrangements and also on the 18th of October organised a press conference for the Special Rapporteur to present his preliminary findings to the Australian media.
During the press conference he called on the Government of Australia to urgently dispel civil society’s growing concerns about the combined ‘chilling effect’ of its recent laws, policies and actions constraining the rights of human rights defenders and noted that he “was astonished to observe mounting evidence of a range of cumulative measures that have concurrently levied enormous pressure on Australian civil society.”
UNIC Canberra National Information Officer Julia Dean interviewed the Special Rapporteur for
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Regional Director of UN Women Asia and the Pacific and Representative in Thailand and Co-Chair of Thematic Working Group for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, Roberta Clarke spoke at the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Consultation for the 20-year Review of Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Continue reading