The Australian Government invited submissions from civil society on the draft of Australia’s National Report for Australia’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The draft outlines developments in Australia’s domestic human rights frameworks and international obligations and focuses on the implementation of the accepted recommendations from Australia’s second UPR in 2015.

Anti-Slavery Australia submits that while there has been some progress with regards to modern slavery, such as the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth), limited progress has been made in terms of implementing recommendations related to protecting and advancing the human rights of people impacted by modern slavery, as highlighted by the then, UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children (Special Rapporteur), Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, following her mission to Australia in 2011 as well as the previous Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Australia in 2015.

Anti-Slavery Australia submission on the Consultation Draft National Report for Australia’s Third Universal Periodic Review (2020).