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Wednesday, 27 March 1968

Mr HASLUCK (Curtin) (Minister for External Affairs) - by leave - I wish to inform the House that Australia will be represented at the International Conference on Human Rights to be held in Teheran next month by a delegation led by the AttorneyGeneral (Mr Bowen) and including two members of the Commonwealth Parliament.

The United Nations General Assembly decided on 20th December 1965 to hold an International Conference on Human Rights in Teheran from 22nd April to 13th May 1968. The General Assembly has also designated the year 1968 as Internationa] Year for Human Rights. It is the 20th anniversary of the adoption and the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The International Conference at Teheran will be one of the major international events associated with the International Year for Human Rights. All member states of the United Nations and the specialised agencies have been invited to participate. Provision has also been made for representation of some of the non-governmental organisations, and of specialised agencies and other bodies.

The aims of the Conference are:

(i)   To review the progress which has been made in the field of human rights since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

(ii)   To evaluate the effectiveness of the methods usedby the United Nations in the field of human rights, especially with respect to the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination and the practice of the policy of apartheid.

(iii)   To formulate and prepare a programme of further measures to be taken subsequent to the celebration of the International Year for Human Rights.

The Conference will deal with a wide range of subjects. It will be concerned with issues arising from various United Nations conventions, covenants, declarations and recommendations on human rights, and also subjects like apartheid, racial discrimination, self-determination, slavery and colonialism. The Australian Delegation will be:

The Honourable N. H. Bowen, Q.C., M.P., Attorney-General - Leader of the Delegation;

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