Joint Australian NGO Submission to UN Human Rights Committee
The UN Human Rights Committee will review Australia's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 2013. The Convention covers rights like the right to life; equality before the law; freedom of expression; and freedom from torture, other cruel treatment and arbitrary detention. Before the review they ask the Government to respond to a list of issues. NGOs have a chance now to shape what the Government will have to respond to by telling the Committee what should be in that list of issues.
The issues covered in this submission are based on data submitted by 44 NGOs who responded to a survey. The submission has been jointly prepared by over 20 NGOs and each section has been written or reviewed by an organisation specialising in related issues. Overall, 96 NGOs have endorsed the submission.
The submission summarises the key issues highlighted by all these organisations. In addition to this submission, which is intended to help inform the List of Issues Prior to Reporting, it is envisaged that a more detailed NGO report will be compiled at a later stage in the review process.
This submission has been coordinated by the National Association of Community Legal Centres Inc (NACLC) and Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC) with support from community organisations across Australia.
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