The Australian Government rejects the characterisation of Australia and her human rights record contained in Amnesty International’s 2007 annual report, as well as reported comments about Australia by Amnesty International’s secretary general.

The report’s entry on Australia contains a string of assertions, unsupported by evidence and devoid of context. The report’s treatment of Australia amounts to little more than a shoddy caricature. Nowhere is the report’s political agenda clearer than the paragraph in its foreword which seeks to bracket Australian and US policies with the horrendous human rights situation in Darfur and Robert Mugabe’s disastrous misrule in Zimbabwe.

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