UCA Statements

A Uniting Church Response to Human Rights Legislation

01 March 2008

It was resolved to:

08.24.01 communicate to the Commonwealth Government its support for a national human rights charter that is born from widespread and effective community and stakeholder consultation;

08.24.02 call on the Australian Government to develop a national human rights charter which

08.24.03 a) implements Australia's commitment to human rights outlined in

  • the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
  • the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and
  • the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;

b) holds public institutions and officials accountable for upholding and promoting human rights in the creation and administration of public policy and practice;

c) takes account of Indigenous Australians as the first peoples of this land and the long history of rights being denied to them; and

d) is supported and policed by properly funded, independent mechanisms; and

08.24.04 affirm support for relevant campaigns for a national human rights charter with these aims.