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Celebrating the 2020 Human Rights Heroes

Rights and Freedoms
Human Rights Heroes 2020 - 10 collage of the nominees

Frontline workers, community volunteers and a refugee running marathons to fundraise for legal services for other refugees are among the 10 finalists of the Commission’s new 2020 #HumanRightsHeroes campaign.

Earlier in the year, the Australian Human Rights Commission invited the public to nominate the people and organisations who they felt had made the most positive and inspiring contribution to human rights on the ground in Australia.

Today we are celebrating the extraordinary stories of achievement of the ten #HumanRightsHero finalists in a new social and digital campaign.

“The ten finalists of our 2020 #HumanRightsHeroes campaign represent the very best among us,” said Australian Human Rights Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM.

“These are people who have fought hard to protect the human rights of others in the community, who have selflessly put others before themselves – often in dangerous situations.

“They have defended Indigenous heritage, they have furthered the right to education, and – above all – they have protected people’s lives.

“The #HumanRightsHeroes campaign is our way of thanking and recognising these people and organisations who have made a genuine difference in this difficult year. The Commission invites everyone to join with us in celebrating them and the work they do.”

The 10 finalists of the 2020 #HumanRightsHeroes campaign are (in alphabetical order):

  • Addi Road
  • Adnyamathanha women Vivienne McKenzie, Regina McKenzie & Heather Stuart
  • Ben Bjarnesen (Founder LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day)
  • Beverley Wright (C&K Kindergarten Durack) and all teachers and educators
  • Corey Tutt (Deadly Science)
  • The NSW RFS Volunteers
  • Sikh Volunteers Australia
  • The Torres Strait 8
  • Yasseen Musa
  • Zaki Haidari (Refugee Advice and Casework Service)

NSW RFS volunteers, Sikh Volunteers Australia, Beverley Wright - Kindergarten Director and all the teachers

Corey Tutt - Deadly Science, Yasseen Musa, Addi Road, Ben Bjarnesen

Zaki Haidari, The Torres Strait 8, Vivienne McKenzie, Regina McKenzie and Heather Stuart, Adnyamathanha women


Visit our website for more information about the 10 finalists.

You can see and share content from the #HumanRightsHeroes campaign on the Australian Human Rights Commission’s social media accounts.