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Ugandan legislation that could see homosexuals sentenced to death has been condemned by Australia at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Saturday said that Australia had been an active participant in the 13th session of the council in Geneva this month.
It argued the protection and promotion of human rights is a primary obligation of every country, the department said.
The Australian delegation raised concerns about draft laws being considered in Uganda that could allow life imprisonment or, in some cases, the death penalty for homosexuality.
"Sexual orientation or gender identity must never be the basis for discrimination, abuse, criminal action and penalties, detention or imprisonment, or deprivation of any human right," Australia said in a statement with Canada and New Zealand.
The rights of people with disabilities was also a focus of council sessions.
Australia was part of negotiations to achieve and co-sponsor a strong resolution on the rights of disabled people.
Australia also co-sponsored resolutions on torture, counter-terrorism, sexual violence against children, the rights of minority groups, sport free from racism, human rights defenders and human rights education.
Australia took issue with the human rights situations in Iran, Fiji and Zimbabwe in a series of statements delivered to the council.
It also co-sponsored resolutions expressing concern at the human rights situations in North Korea, Burma and Guinea.
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