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Human Rights

Policy Category: E. Human Rights and Democracy Issued: June 2008


The Australian Greens believe that:

1. universal human rights must be respected and protected in all countries.

2. economic, social, cultural, environmental, civil and political rights are universal, interdependent,

and indivisible.

3. cultural, religious, gender and other differences often give rise to specific needs and

circumstances that must be taken into account in order to ensure equal rights for all.


The Australian Greens want:

4. Australia to fully discharge its international human rights obligations, at home and abroad.

5. greater international respect for and protection of human rights.

6. stronger international machinery for the protection of human rights, such as the United Nations

Human Rights Council and the United Nations treaty bodies.


The Australian Greens will:

7. adopt Australia's international human rights obligations into domestic law and enact an

Australian Bill of Rights.

8. fully resource the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, expand its

mandate to reflect the full range of Australia's international human rights undertakings and

reinstate its capacity to determine Australian human rights complaints.

9. reform Australia's 'counter-terrorism' legislation, especially with regard to freedom of

expression and association, freedom from arbitrary detention, legal due process, and privacy.

10. repeal sedition laws.

11. reform Australia's Migration Regulations, especially with regard to freedom from arbitrary

detention, protection of the family unit, and other United Nations guidelines.

12. ensure that any decisions affecting human rights within Australia are necessary, proportionate,

consistent with international human rights law, and imposed in a transparent and accountable


13. progress legal and diplomatic efforts to protect Australian citizens subjected to mistreatment by

foreign powers.

14. allow and encourage the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate alleged and

potential human rights abuses in Australia, and comply with any recommendations.

15. engage with other countries to promote human rights, including the application of diplomatic

and commercial pressures on regimes that violate human rights.

16. promote as a priority an end to secret detention, rendition, torture and other illegal and

unconscionable acts.

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17. support, through the United Nations framework, socially just reform, including democratic and

economic reforms, in countries where governments are engaged in human rights abuses.

18. promote and protect the role of the International Criminal Court and encourage all nations,

particularly the US, to ratify its statute.

19. ratify all United Nations Human Rights Conventions, including their optional protocols.

20. progress the conclusion of an optional protocol to facilitate the examination of individual

complaints of violations of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

21. oppose the death penalty in all cases and support campaigns for its abolition.

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