Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d) has failed to heed the call of Australian Conservatives and attack the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) when he addressed it this week.
In fact the Governor General has done the opposite and affirmed Australia's support for the Human Rights Commission.
The UN General Assembly appointed Australia a member of the UNHRC on 16 October last year after a 'multi-million' dollar campaign lobbying for a seat, according to Foreign Brief.
Silence about human rights abuses should not be the price to sit at the table.
Last week Australian Conservatives leader and South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi called upon Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to urge His Excellency to call out the gross hypocrisy of the organisation which has consistently criticised Australia's successful border protection policies and handling of indigenous affairs.
UN Watch points out current UNHCR members include states with poor human rights records themselves:
- Saudi Arabia, which imposes death sentences for apostasy and adultery, and corporal punishment including flogging and amputation;
- Venezuela, with widespread arbitrary imprisonment - including of opposition leaders;
- China, which denies free speech, freedom of religion or association, conducts extra-judicial killings;
- Cuba, accused of violations of freedoms of speech, assembly and the press
Earlier this month Senator Bernardi moved a private members' bill to abolish the Australian Human Rights Commission because it duplicates similar state bodies that perform the same function. And Australia has in effect promoted doubling-down on the excesses of the Australian Human Rights Commission by exporting the model to third world countries which have their own national versions of the same body.
Senator Bernardi explained briefly in this Sky News interview some of his reasons for abolishing the Commission.
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