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Media Advisory – United Nations Human Rights Council

 Australia’s human rights record to be examined by Universal Periodic Review

GENEVA (15 January 2021) – Australia’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 in a meeting that will be webcast live.

Australia is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 18 to 29 January *.  Australia’s first and second UPR reviews took place in January 2011 and November 2015, respectively.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report – information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Australia on 20 January can be found here.

Location: Assembly Hall, Palais des Nations, Geneva [NB: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting will be held using a combination of in-person and remote participation, and media representatives are encouraged to follow the proceedings on webcast.

Time and date: 09.00 – 12.30, Wednesday, 20 January (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)

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Secretary-General’s Video Message on the Two Millionth Death From the COVID-19 Pandemic

With more than two million lives now lost worldwide to COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General appealed on Friday for countries to work together and help each other to end the pandemic and save lives. The Secretary-General António Guterres noted that the absence of a global coordinated effort has worsened the pandemic’s deadly impact. More.