Senate debates

Thursday, 7 December 2017


Human Rights Day

4:26 pm

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

At the request of Senator Moore, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the report of the High-Level Working Group for Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents delivered to the World Health Organization and the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights in May 2017,

(ii) that this working group was tasked with securing political support for the implementation of the human rights-related measures contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Global Strategy based on a commitment to the rights 'to health and through health', and

(iii) that this report urgently calls on leaders to take up the challenge of translating human rights 'to health and through health' into a reality for all, and calls on leaders to commit to three key areas:

1.Create enabling environments for rights to and through health:

uphold the right to health in national law

establish a rights-based approach to health financing and universal health coverage

address human rights as determinants of health

2.Partner with people themselves by:

removing social, gender and cultural norms that impede realisation of human rights

enabling women, children and adolescents to claim their human right

empowering and protecting human rights defenders

ensuring accountability to the people by the people

3.Strengthen evidence and public accountability by:

collecting data on the status of human rights in and through health

systematically reporting on progress; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government, as we celebrate International Day for Human Rights, on 8 December, to continue to work with the international community, and here in Australia, to join in the leadership on human rights.

Question agreed to.