14 Feb 2011

Australia's human rights record to be examined by UN

2:32 pm on 14 February 2011

Australia's human rights record is about to come under international scrutiny.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights intends visiting Australia later this year to raise a number of issues which include the treatment of refugees and Indigenous Australians.

Navi Pillay is scheduled to visit at the end of May, at the invitation of the federal government.

Last month a regular review of human rights by about 50 UN member nations recommended that Australia end mandatory immigration detention and improve the lives of Indigenous people.

The ABC reports that human rights and refugee groups say they will use the visit to highlight the creation of a human rights act.

The Human Rights Law Resource says Australia has a patchy record on human rights.

The Refugee Action Coalition says Christmas Island and plans for a detention centre in East Timor are issues which should be discussed.