Senate debates

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Motions

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

12:35 pm

Photo of Anne UrquhartAnne Urquhart (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

I add the name of Senator Moore to this motion. At the request of Senators Bilyk and Moore, I move:

That the Senate—

  (a) notes that:

     (i) 10 December 2018 marks 70 years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR),

     (ii) the UDHR is a non-binding international agreement which states the basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled, and

     (iii) over the past 70 years the UDHR has had an important influence on the development of international human rights law, and led to a range of other important binding international agreements, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;

  (b) celebrates the vital role of the UDHR in the advancement of human rights over the past 70 years; and

  (c) calls on the Australian Government, and all future Australian Governments, to observe and uphold human rights in their decisions.

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