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In this December 2019 photo, people wearing masks in Hong Kong are seen during a rally to show support for Uighurs and their fight for human rights in China. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

China must not shape the future of human rights at the UN

In the coming months, China will have the power to appoint or nix global UN investigators on freedom of speech, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and health.
One of this year’s most refreshing developments was the youth-led action on climate change. AAP Image/Dan Peled

5 human rights issues that defined 2019

From mass climate change movements to cultural genocide of Uighurs in China, here are some of the headline human rights moments that captured Australia’s attention.
Participants in Melbourne’s International Women’s day rally in Melbourne marched from the State Library to Parliament House. Ellen Smith/AAP

Australia’s performance on gender equality – are we fair dinkum?

From the prime minister's public comments to Australia's diplomatic behaviour, there is considerable room for improvement if we are to be "fair dinkum" about gender equality.
Effective leadership requires leading by example, but Australia’s human rights record has drawn increasing criticism at home and abroad. Andrew Hill/flickr

Ten things Australia can do to be a human rights hero

On Human Rights Day, and with Australia set to take up a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, here's a must-do list for this country to become a credible advocate for human rights.
Australia’s campaign for a seat on the Human Rights Council opened it to further scrutiny of its record on such issues. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Australia’s Human Rights Council election comes with a challenge to improve its domestic record

Australia's Human Rights Council election provides an ideal opportunity for it to show leadership and commitment on issues such as refugee flows and the death penalty.
EPA/Matt Campbell

Australia’s bid for the UN Human Rights Council

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced that Australia is running for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council for the period of 2018 to 2020. The bid was originally made by the previous government, and…

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