UN Shadow Reports
Australia has signed several international human rights treaties.
Under some of these important human rights treaties, Australia
has an obligation to send a report about its compliance under
the treaty to the United Nations. The reports are reviewed by
committees of international human rights experts.
The major human rights treaties under which Australia has reporting
Non-government organisations (NGOs) can also submit reports
to these UN committees. The reports that NGOs submit called
'Shadow Reports'. These Shadow Reports give an alternative view
about Australia's compliance with its treaty obligations. They
are called Shadow Reports because they 'shadow' the official
report sent to the Committee by the government.
CCL's Shadow Reports
CCL is a non-government organisation (NGO) in Special Consultative
Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
As an accredited NGO, CCL is able to submit Shadow Reports to
these UN committees.
On 25 July 2007, the full Committee of the NSW Council for
Civil Liberties unanimously endorsed CCL's Shadow
Report on Australia and Torture. The Shadow Report has been
send to the UN Committee against Torture.
Also on 25 July 2007, Australia sent its official report under
the ICCPR to the UN. CCL is preparing a Shadow
Report on Australia and its Human Rights Record for the
UN Human Rights Committee.