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Law Council of Australia


Inquiry into whether Australia should examine the use of targeted sanctions to address human rights abuses

The submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade regarding its inquiry into the use of targeted sanctions to address human rights abuses was prepared by the Law Council. 

The Law Council considers Australia’s use of sanctions to apply pressure to individuals to end the repression of human rights to be a legitimate objective for the purposes of international human rights law. However, it stresses that any sanctions regime, which may be applied to individuals in the absence of a criminal conviction following a fair trial, must be accompanied by effective safeguards to ensure that any limitation on human rights is proportionate to this objective.

The Law Council is concerned that the existing autonomous sanctions regime lacks significant safeguards which would ensure that it is reasonable, necessary and proportionate. The regime should be amended to address these concerns.

You can read the full submission below.


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