Topic: United Nations Activities and Reports

UN Special Rapporteur: Self-determination is key to addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, has released her report on the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, based on her visit earlier this year. In her report, Ms Tauli-Corpuz noted that current Government policies and priorities ‘do not duly respect the rights to self-determination and…

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DPO Australia Briefs CRPD Committee on Australia’s Progress Toward Implementing the CRPD

On Wednesday 30 August, DPO Australia met briefly meet with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities via videoconference. We highlighted the key issues identified in our recent List of Issues submission to the Committee, which will assist with informing the review of Australia’s implementation of the CRPD in mid 2018. Download…

Submission: List of Issues to be Adopted During the 18th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has prepared a submission for and on behalf of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The submission is a proposed List of Issues to be adopted at the Committee’s 18th session (14th August to 1st September 2018), in respect to Australia’s compliance…

Joint NGO Media Release: Australia’s Human Rights Record Criticised by UN Expert Committee

Australia has been criticised by an expert United Nations Committee following its appearance before the UN Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights last month. Last night the UN Committee released its Concluding Observations, a statement outlining its assessment of Australia’s performance under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The statement…

DPO Australia Leads NGO Coalition at Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 5th Periodic Review of Australia

On 29 May 2017, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) opened its 61st session.  At this session, the Committee will be reviewing States’ formal reports on the progress toward implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in Australia, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Uruguay.…