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.
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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.
Australia has long been at the forefront of human rights internationally, while side-stepping questions about its own treatment of Indigenous peoples and refugees.
One of this year’s most refreshing developments was the youth-led action on climate change.
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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.
Boris Johnson, as foreign secretary, attends the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2018.
A new study examined what the UK priorities – and sidelines – at the UN Human Rights Council.
Uyghur people protest outside the UN headquarters in Genevea in November 2018.
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A group of 37 countries, including North Korea, Russia and Saudia Arabia, signed a letter in support of China's human rights record.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (left) and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki at the re-opening of the Eritrean embassy in Addis Ababa.
It's unclear how relations between Addis Ababa and Asmara will develop but the warmth has largely gone.
Participants in Melbourne’s International Women’s day rally in Melbourne marched from the State Library to Parliament House.
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.
Migrants arriving on the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy in April 2011.
It is difficult to see how the EU can allow its key African migration work to be supervised by Eritrea.
Aung Sun Suu Kyi is now seen as an enabler of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Facing increasing international pressure, Myanmar's one-time star leader is running out of time to show leadership on human rights and the Rohingya crisis.
The US’s empty chair in Geneva.
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While not exactly surprising coming from the Trump administration, backing out of a major UN body is bound to have serious consequences.
Effective leadership requires leading by example, but Australia’s human rights record has drawn increasing criticism at home and abroad.
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.
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.
Witchcraft related beliefs pose serious human rights violations for people with Albinism.
An upcoming UN meeting on witchcraft and human rights in Geneva is set to focus on the rising attacks on Albinos and the trade of body parts in sub-Saharan African.
N'da Yao Messou is president of a cocoa farmers’ association in Niable, eastern Ivory Coast. Women’s right to development has a long way to go.
The creation of a UN special rapporteurship on the right to development should help develop practical solutions on how the right could be realised.
Recommendations that aren’t accepted tend to involve hard political issues related to civil and political liberties.
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States report to the UN Human Rights Council every four-and-a-half years and receive its recommendations, which they can either "accept" or "note".
The strongest resistance to the United Nations resolution to promote LGBTI rights came from Muslim and African states. Many of these countries still criminalise same-sex relationships.
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…