Marise Payne says China must be held to account for human rights abuses

Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia, addresses the Conference on Disarmament's High-Level Segment 2019, Palais des Nations, 25 February 2019. UN Photo by Antoine Tardy. FLICKR  @unisgeneva

Ben Doherty
 @bendohertycorro
Tue 29 Oct 2019 16.50 EDT
Last modified on Tue 29 Oct 2019 16.54 EDT

China must be held accountable for its human rights abuses domestically because “countries that respect and promote their citizens’ rights at home tend also to be better international citizens”, Australia’s foreign affairs minister Marise Payne has said.

In an uncompromising speech in Sydney likely to garner attention in Beijing, Payne said Australia must defend an international rules-based order in its own interests, but also that the world’s multilateral institutions were no longer fit for purpose and needed reform.

Payne said it was in Australia’s national interests to speak out where it saw human rights being abused. “Speaking our minds does not constitute interfering in another country,” she said.

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