Joint submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Australia

This submission is made on behalf of Environmental Justice Australia, Environmental Defenders Office, and Earthjustice in relation to Australia’s failure to satisfy its international human rights obligations to take measures to prevent immediate and future human rights violations caused by climate change.

Instead, Australia’s actions are fueling the release of greenhouse gases which drive
climate change and contribute to threats to human rights.

In addition, Commonwealth and subnational governments have made concerted efforts to stifle public dissent and debate on climate policy, including by introducing legislation to inhibit the exercise of the fundamental freedoms of peaceful assembly, opinion, and expression, and by attacking the ability of non-government organisations to undertake advocacy on climate policies without fear of losing their charitable status as tax-deductible gift recipients.