Australia's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and people with disability


Australia’s human rights performance will face intense scrutiny this week as the Government appears before the Human Rights Council in Geneva for its major four yearly human rights review.

At the “Universal Periodic Review” (UPR) other countries will have the opportunity to question Australia about its human rights record and make a series of recommendations for improvement.

AHRCentre project director Rosemary Kayess is in Geneva as part of the Australian Joint NGO Delegation for Australia's 2nd Universal Periodic Review at the Human Rights Council. She is part of the advisory group for the shadow report headed up the Disability Coordination Group.

People with disability 

ROsemary and her colleagues will be raising a number of human rights violations still faced by people with disability.

“People with disability can experience violations such as forced sterilisation, indefinite detention, involuntary treatment or restrictive practices. Unless action is taken to address these violations we will continue to be denied equality and the ability to fully participate in society,” said Ms Christina Ryan, spokesperson for the UPR Disability Coordination Group.

The Twitter feed is #ausUPR.