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More than just talk: Australia's human rights dialogues with China and Vietnam

20 August 2012

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012
ISBN 978-0-642-79695-0 (Printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79696-7 (HTML version)

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Preliminary Pages (PDF 154KB)
 
Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF 54KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

 
Chapter 2 Australia’s Human Rights Dialogues (PDF 256KB)

Overview of the Australia – China Dialogue
Issues raised about Australia’s human rights
Overview of the Australia – Vietnam Dialogue
Issues raised about Australia’s human rights
Overview of the Australia – Laos Dialogue
Overview of the Australia – Iran Dialogue       
Community perceptions of Australia’s human rights dialogues
Committee comment
Roles and obligations of participating agencies
Attorney General’s Department
AusAID
Australian Human Rights Commission
Community perceptions of the roles of participating agencies
Additional roles for dialogue participants
Dialogue agendas
Agenda focus
Suggested additional themes for the agenda
Human Rights Technical Cooperation Programs
Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program with China
Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program with Vietnam
Review of the Technical Cooperation Programs
Community perceptions of the Technical Cooperation Programs
Committee comment
Other issues
Committee comment

 
Chapter 3 Parliamentary participation and oversight (PDF 106KB)

Greater parliamentary participation
Increased involvement of the Human Rights Sub‑Committee
Liaison with committee counterparts in other countries
Committee Comment
Additional parliamentary involvement
Committee comment

 
Chapter 4 Involvement of non-government organisations (PDF 128KB)

Non-government organisations’ involvement in the China dialogue
Non-government organisations’ involvement in the Vietnam dialogue
Broader role for non-government organisations
Committee comment

 
Chapter 5 Reporting requirements and mechanisms (PDF 135KB)

Current level of reporting by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Reporting via the website
Reporting via annual reports
Current level of reporting by AusAID and the Australian Human Rights Commission
Reporting on the Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program
Community perceptions on reporting of the dialogues
Community suggestions for enhanced reporting
Committee comment

 
Chapter 6 Monitoring and evaluation of outcomes (PDF 143KB)

Current level of monitoring and evaluation
Human Rights Technical Cooperation Programs
Community perceptions of monitoring and evaluation
Community suggestions for enhanced monitoring
Community suggestions for measuring outcomes
Broader human rights principles
Committee comment

 
Chapter 7 Adopting a bilateral human rights dialogue with other countries (PDF 81KB)

Sri Lanka
Other countries
Committee comment

 
Chapter 8 Complementary human rights advocacy (PDF 160KB)

Multilateral human rights advocacy
The Universal Periodic Review
Other multilateral human rights advocacy
Bilateral human rights advocacy
Committee comment
Supporting national human rights institutions
Committee comment
Broader human rights advocacy
Other suggestions
Committee comment

 
Appendix A – List of Submissions (PDF 37KB)
 
Appendix B – List of Exhibits (PDF 74KB)
 
Appendix C – List of Hearings and Witnesses (PDF 58KB)

Sydney, Monday, 5 September 2011
Canberra, Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Canberra, Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Canberra, Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Canberra, Tuesday, 24 November 2011
Sydney, Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Canberra, Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Melbourne, Friday, 24 February 2012
Brisbane, Monday, 5 March 2012
Canberra, Tuesday, 13 March 2012

 
Appendix D – Death penalty statistics – China, Iran and Vietnam (PDF 60KB)
 
Appendix E – Engagement with non-government organisations since 2009 (PDF 69KB)

Australia – China Dialogue
NGOs DFAT wrote to in advance of the 13th Australia-China Human Rights Dialogue
NGOs DFAT wrote to in advance of the 12th Australia-China Human Rights Dialogue
Australia – Vietnam Dialogue
NGOs DFAT wrote to in advance of the 8th Australia-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue
NGOs DFAT wrote to in advance of the 7th Australia-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue
Australia – Laos Dialogue

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