Federal Attorney General and Minister for the Arts Senator George Brandis at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, Aug. 19, 2015.
  Attorney-General George Brandis won't comment on a UN migrant expert cancelling his Australian trip claiming obstruction. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Australia insists it works with UN on human rights

SBS news
27 September, 2015

Attorney-General George Brandis has rejected claims the government doesn’t co-operate with the United Nations on human rights issues, after a UN migration expert postponed his Australian trip.

Francois Crepeau, UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, cited lack of government co-operation and restrictive laws that prevent detention centre workers from speaking out for calling off the trip.

Senator Brandis said on Sunday, Australia was in “very regular dialogue” with UN agencies that audit member states but he would not comment on the specifics of Mr Crepeau’s visit.

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