Australia: Human rights in review: 2011-2015: Amnesty International submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review, November 2015
Amnesty International is concerned that there is still no overarching federal human rights legislation in Australia and that the Australian Constitution retains discriminatory clauses which are inconsistent with international human rights law. This submission also highlights troubling developments regarding the government’s treatment of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Amnesty International is also concerned about continuing discrimination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as well as their staggering over-representation in the criminal justice system. The organization notes with regret that the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers continue to be eroded by successive Australian governments.