Australia’s Human Rights Record Criticised

Great article in the Guardian about Australia’s assessment before the universal periodic review, a quadrennial assessment of countries’ human rights record by the UN human rights council.

Human Rights Law Centre’s director of advocacy and litigation, Anna Brown, said Australia’s efforts to demonstrate leadership on topics such as the death penalty and the rights of older people had been overshadowed by the wave of condemnation on policies of mandatory detention, offshore processing and boat turnbacks. “Australia’s potential to be a human rights leader is being completely undercut by its tremendously harsh treatment of people seeking asylum,” she said. “Last night at the UN there were calls from nations in every region and political grouping in the world for Australia to change its policies.”

Guardian photo

The Australian-run asylum seeker detention centre on Los Negros Island, in Manus province, Papua New Guinea