Today I argued Australia’s strong case for a 2018-20 seat on the Human Rights Council.

In delivering Australia’s address to the High Level Segment of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, I explained the principled and pragmatic approach we will take in working with other members on contemporary human rights challenges if elected.

A seat for Australia will give the Pacific region its first ever representative on the Human Rights Council.  It will allow Australia to bring a unique perspective from our dynamic region as well as from our own diverse multicultural society.

Australia is committed to working closely with partners in government, civil society and non-government organisations to find practical and innovative solutions to global human rights issues. If elected, we will focus on gender equality, freedom of expression, rights of indigenous peoples, national human rights institutions and good governance.

Australia is committed to championing human rights and to ensure accountability for those who have had their human rights violated.

Free to download broadcast video of speech here:

Media enquiries

  • Minister's Office: (02) 6277 7110
  • DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555