Message from the President
9 October 2015
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's aim of using a potential seat on the United Nation's Human Rights Council in 2018 to wage a global campaign against the death penalty is laudable. The death penalty is a breach of the most fundamental human right Ms Bishop has told the UN General Assembly it would be Australia's intention to be "unrelenting in our efforts to secure the abolition of the death penalty".
Yet Australia need not wait until a seat on the Human Rights Council is won. An opportunity exists now for the government to demonstrate its commitment in real, practical terms.