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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2009–10  
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Contents >> International Relations >> Australia's human rights policy


Australia has a long tradition of supporting human rights around the world and was closely involved in the development of the international human rights system by helping draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Australia takes an active and constructive approach to improving human rights standards and systems internationally, including through participation in UN mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights, targeted development assistance programs, and support for good governance and the establishment of national human rights institutions. Australia has formal human rights dialogues with China, Vietnam and Laos.

Australia is an active non-member of the United Nations Human Rights Council and encourages the Council to play a positive role in the protection and promotion of human rights internationally. Australia particularly values the Universal Periodic Review mechanism and the work of Special Procedure human rights experts.

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