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Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Page: 4155

Senator McEWEN (South AustraliaGovernment Whip in the Senate) (15:54): At the request of Senator Singh, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council will review the implementation of recommendations which emerged from the first UPR cycle of 14 states, as well as human rights developments since the first review of these states, in its seventeenth session commencing in October 2013;

(b) urges the full and transparent engagement of all states with the UPR process and consideration of the recommendations arising thereof; and

(c) notes that China is scheduled in this session for review, and:

(i) supports China's participation in the UPR,

(ii) notes the ongoing tension in the Tibetan regions, and nearly 120 deaths by self-immolation in protests against China's policies in those regions, and

(iii) endorses Australia's efforts to promote human rights in Tibet.

Question agreed to.