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Feakes: Australia Does Not Have A Perfect Record On Human Rights

The Australian Government was a strong advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights.
12 Apr 2019 12:03
Feakes: Australia Does Not Have A Perfect  Record On Human Rights
From left: High Commissioner of the United Kingdom Melanie Hopkins, SPC Director Miles Young, Fiji’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva Nazhat Shameem Khan, and the Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi on April 11, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes said that Australia does not have all the answers nor does it have a perfect record on human rights.

Mr Feakes said this during his opening remarks at the Regional High Level Dialogue on National Mechanisms for Implementation, Reporting and Follow-Up (NMIRF) at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi yesterday.

He said, “Australia by no means has all the answers and by no means do we have a perfect record”.

He said however, the Australian Government was a strong advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights.

“We also strongly support the independent mandate of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,” he said.

“We should be pleased with the significant progress made in advancing human rights in the region over recent years.”

Mr Feakes said most of the Pacific countries now had policies in place to defend the rights of vulnerable people.

“Most Pacific countries now have in place legislation and policies to protect the rights of vulnerable people and there is a wide understanding and recognition of human rights across the region,” he added.

“Pacific countries also are meeting their treaty and international reporting obligations and participating actively and constructively in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.

“Fiji, for example, has implemented well over 80 per cent of its UPR recommendations.”

He said there was now an increase in the number of Pacific Island countries working towards creating national human rights mechanisms for implementation, reporting and follow up.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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