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Wednesday, 4 November 1992
Page: 2663

(Question No. 2031)


Mr Hollis asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, upon notice, on 14 October 1992:

  (1) Between what dates is the World Conference on Human Rights to be convened.

  (2) When will the fourth session of the Preparatory Committee be held and will Australia attend it.

  (3) Has Australia attended, or will it attend, any regional meetings before the Conference; is so, when and where.

  (4) Will the necessary paperwork be submitted to the Executive Council in time for Australia to make declarations, before the Conference convenes, under (a) Article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, (b) Article 41 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and (c) Articles 21 and 22 of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.


Mr Kerin —The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

  (1) The World Conference on Human Rights is to take place in Vienna from 14 to 25 June 1993.

  (2) The fourth session of the Preparatory Committee will be held in Geneva from 22 March to 2 April 1993. An Australian Delegation will participate in the session.

  (3) The Asian regional meeting preparatory to the World Conference has been postponed to a yet-to-be determined date. It was to have taken place in Bangkok in October. Australia would expect to attend the meeting if it were reconvened.

  (4) I expect that the necessary paperwork will be submitted to the Executive Council concerning these declarations before the World Conference convenes in June next year.