Terms of Reference

The Committee shall examine the use of targeted sanctions to address gross human rights abuses.
The Committee shall have particular regard to:

  1. The framework for autonomous sanctions under Australian law, in particular the Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 (Cth) and the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 (Cth)

  2. The use of sanctions alongside other tools by which Australia promotes human rights internationally

  3. The advantages and disadvantages of the use of human rights sanctions, including the effectiveness of sanctions as an instrument of foreign policy to combat human rights abuses

  4. Any relevant experience of other jurisdictions, including the United States regarding their Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (2016)

  5. The advisability of introducing a new thematic regulation within our existing Autonomous Sanctions Regime for human rights abuses

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2313

About this inquiry

The Committee shall examine the use of targeted sanctions to address human rights abuses. 

Past Public Hearings

01 Oct 2020: Canberra
25 Jun 2020: Canberra
17 Jun 2020: Canberra


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