1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003
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Australia takes an active and constructive approach to improving human rights internationally through: targeting development cooperation programs; supporting the establishment of national human rights institutions and good governance; encouraging multilateral, regional and bilateral discussion of human rights issues; and working to develop and strengthen the effectiveness of regional and international human rights institutions and instruments. Australia has been elected to serve on the UN Commission on Human Rights for a three-year term from 2003. In addition to working through multilateral forums, Australia promotes human rights through bilateral dialogues with individual countries. Australia has held bilateral discussions with China and Vietnam and agreed to hold similar discussions with Iran.