Declaration against the use of arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations

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Australia is standing with more than 55 international partners against the practice of arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations.

We are a strong advocate for promoting and protecting human rights. The right not to be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention is guaranteed in international law and states must comply with their international human rights law obligations.

In a statement at the launch of the Declaration Against the Use of Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations (Declaration), Australia makes clear it will continue to work with international partners against the practice of arbitrary detention.

Upholding our commitment to international human rights is one of the most important measures of the success of our societies. It is important we speak together and demonstrate our commitment to the international rules, norms and institutions that support stability and prosperity, underpin human rights and enable global cooperation.

Australia will hold countries to account for their international commitments and the obligation to comply with international laws and practices.

We have consistently maintained that the COVID-19 pandemic should not be used as a pretext for reducing or removing access to justice and consular assistance for people in detention.

Australia’s support for the Declaration builds on a joint statement on politically motivated arbitrary detention delivered on behalf of 35 countries at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council in October last year.

We welcome the broad, cross-regional support for this most important issue and commend Canada’s leadership of this initiative.

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