The Albanese Government is delivering on its commitment to appoint an Ambassador for Human Rights, to restore Australia’s leadership on human rights around the world.
I am pleased to announce Ms Bronte Moules, a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has been appointed as Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Human Rights.
The creation of this role is part of Australia’s commitment to employ every strategy at our disposal towards upholding human rights, consistent with our values and with our interests. It will help bolster Australia’s support for the UN human rights architecture and international law.
Ms Moules will work to advance rights and protections, including for people living with a disability, ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTIQ+ individuals.
As Ambassador, she will also engage and consult with Australian stakeholders, including human rights civil society organisations and diaspora groups in Australia, as well as bilateral and regional partners, and multilateral organisations.
Ms Moules was most recently Ambassador to Zimbabwe with non-resident accreditation to Malawi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo and Zambia.
In Canberra she has held a range of positions including Assistant Secretary, Executive Branch and Assistant Secretary, International Organisations Branch. Overseas, she has served as Deputy High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Ambassador to Myanmar, and Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Bangkok.
Australia played an important role in the creation of the international human rights system and we must work with partners to uphold it.
As with all our international engagement, in our work on human rights we deal with the world as it is and seek to shape it for the better.