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UN to grill Australia on human rights

January 25, 2011 - Geneva

Australian officials will appear before the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday for what's known as a universal periodic review (UPR).

All of the UN's 192 member countries are required to undergo a UPR - which aims to probe every aspect of a country's human rights record - every four years.

This will be Australia's first time in the hot seat, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The delegation - led by parliamentary secretary Kate Lundy - will be forced to respond to tough questions on Australia's record during a three-hour interrogation.

Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and the UK will pose questions about Australia's treatment of Aborigines, asylum seekers and same-s*x couples, UN documents show.

The council will then compile a report on Australia's record, complete with recommendations.


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