Human Rights Sub-Committee to hear from Australian experts

Issue date: Friday, 12 June 2020

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The International Commission of Jurists, the Law Council of Australia, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will give evidence at public hearings for the Magnitsky Act inquiry.

The public hearings being held by the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Human Rights Sub-Committee are part of the inquiry into whether Australia should adopt laws to impose targeted sanctions on individuals who commit human rights abuses.

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP, Chair of the Human Rights Sub-Committee, says the inquiry will benefit from evidence from Australian legal experts and departmental officials.

‘The Human Rights Sub-committee has continued its work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenging conditions, and to the credit of many witnesses and submitters, we have built a body of evidence to inform the Sub-Committee’s consideration of targeted sanctions,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘These public hearings will add further evidence from Australian legal and human rights experts’.

Public hearing details

Date: Monday 15 June 2020
Time: 8.30 am – 10.00 am
Witnesses: International Commission of Jurists and the Law Council of Australia
Location: Via videoconference

Date: Wednesday 17 June 2020
Time: 12 noon – 2.00 pm
Witnesses: Human Rights Commission, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Location: Via videoconference

The hearings will be streamed at

Media inquiries

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP
Contact: Cristy Elliott
03 9848 9900
02 6277 4023

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 2313

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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