23 May 2011


The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay recently began her first official visit to Australia to discuss rights issues with the Government, the Australian Human Rights Commission, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and non-governmental organizations.

During her six days in the country, Pillay will visit Darwin, Cairns, Sydney and Canberra. She is due to meet a number of parliamentarians and officials, including the Governor-General, the Prime Minister, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, ministers dealing with indigenous affairs, immigration and citizenship, and the Attorney-General. She will also visit an immigration detention facility and meet with migrant communities and asylum seekers.

The UN human rights chief will focus broadly on the following issues: the legislative protection of human rights in Australia, discrimination against indigenous people, treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, as well as Australia’s international and regional policies with regards to human rights.

Postscript: The statement issued by the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the conclusion of her visit can be fond here

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