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Re: Protecting Human Rights in Australia’s Foreign Policy

Dear Minister Payne,
 Congratulations on your reappointment as foreign minister. Human Rights Watch looks forward to working with you to make protection of human rights a strong pillar of Australia’s foreign policy.

31st session of the Universal Periodic Review; 3rd cycle

While Malaysia has taken some positive steps since its last UPR review in 2013, the situation for freedom of speech and peaceful assembly has undergone a significant deterioration. Genuine efforts are needed not only to improve respect for these basic…

Statement Delivered Under Item 6

The recommendations addressed to Malaysia reflect the broad concerns about its unwillingness to sign and ratify core UN human rights conventions and bring its domestic legislation into conformity with international law, in particular concerning the rights…
A sense of urgency about the need to reverse Malaysia’s deteriorating human rights situation went missing from its second Universal Periodic Review – the United Nations Human Rights Council’s critique of member countries. Three years down the road since…

‘Turn for the Worse’ Seen in Repressive Laws; Rights Defenders Detained

(Geneva) – United Nations member countries should urge Malaysia to reverse its serious backsliding on human rights at the UN Human Rights Council. Malaysia’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will take place on October 24, 2013. Fresh repressive…

Oral statement at the 16th Human Rights Council session - February 7th, 2011

Human Rights Watch commends the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) for its incisive critique of conditions in Malaysia. We urge Malaysia to promptly implement the recommendations of the WGAD. Malaysia cannot present itself as a responsible…

End Indefinite Detention of Asylum-Seekers Fleeing Burma

(New York) - Thailand should immediately allow the United Nations refugee agency unhindered access to 211 detained ethnic Rohingya asylum seekers to determine whether they qualify for refugee status, Human Rights Watch said today.
 A group of…

Government Should Act Swiftly on Commitments to Improve Rights

(New York) - Malaysia should urgently adopt human rights reforms to justify its candidacy for the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Najib Razak. Malaysia is one of four Asia group countries…

End Preventative Detention, Investigate Abuses

(Geneva) - United Nations member states should raise concerns about arbitrary and preventive detention and abuses against migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers at the upcoming review of Malaysia's human rights record, Human Rights Watch said today.  …

States Avoid Serious Discussion of Rights in Algeria, Tunisia

(Geneva) – The first session of the new country review mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council was undermined by inconsistencies and the timidity of some governments in reviewing others, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 18, 2008 the council…

Will Assess India, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and 12 Others

(Geneva) – The UN Human Rights Council will begin a new review process on April 7, 2008. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is the most innovative and ambitious instrument of the council and was set up to assess the human rights performance of all 192 UN…