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 and Vietnam.
On 15 March 2006 Australia voted for the historic UN General Assembly resolution establishing a new Human Rights Council to replace the previous Commission on Human Rights. Australia had served on the Commission since 2003. Australia attended the inaugural session of the new Human Rights Council held in June 2006 in Geneva.