Australia faces international pressure on human rights

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Australia has faced international pressure at the UN's human rights council to improve its standing on human rights issues.
Australia has faced international pressure at the UN's human rights council to improve its standing on human rights issues, with more than 30 countries calling for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised.

The pressure came as part of the UN's universal periodic review of human rights, which happens every five years. The review puts Australia's record on human rights under the spotlight and gives the opportunity for other countries to ask questions and provide recommendations. The last time Australia came under the UN's spotlight on human rights was in 2015.

At the UN review, 31 countries including Canada, Greece, Germany, Iceland, France, Finland, Estonia, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Spain and Mexico called on Australian authorities to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14.

Currently, children as young as 10 can be held criminally responsible for their actions in Australia, a standard that is out of step with expert advice and much of the international community. Australia's young age of criminal responsibility has a disproportionate impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, who…
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