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2008 Media Release: The 2008 Young People’s Human Rights Medal - only 3 weeks left to get your nominations in

Commission Commission – General

10 September 2008

The 2008 Young People’s Human Rights Medal - only 3 weeks left to get your nominations in

  • Under 25 years of age on 14 July 2008?
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident?
  • Made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in Australia?

Does this sound like you or someone you know?

Then you should nominate yourself or that person for the prestigious 2008 Young People’s Human Rights Medal, presented by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The Young People’s Human Rights Medal recognises the actions of a person under the age of 25 in assisting specific groups of people in Australia, working for the betterment of sectors of our society or generally making a contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and equal opportunity in our country.

When nominations officially opened on 31 July this year, the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, John von Doussa QC observed, “In communities around Australia – from the suburbs to regional areas and to the inner cities – many of us are often struck by the extraordinary efforts certain individuals and organisations, everyday people among us, make to better and assist Australian society.”

The winner will be presented with the Young People’s Human Rights Medal at the Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2008 Human Rights Medal and Awards ceremony, held on International Human Rights Day, Wednesday 10 December 2008 at the Sheraton on the Park hotel in Sydney.

“The Human Rights Medals and Awards were set up 21 years ago so that these people could be recognised for their selfless and often uncelebrated efforts and commitment in their day-to-day lives to issues of human rights, social justice and equality – efforts that serve to better the society we live in,” said Mr von Doussa.

Nominations are also being accepted for the Human Rights Medal and Human Rights Awards categories for Community-individual, Community-organisation, Law (sponsored by the Law Council of Australia), Literature (Non-fiction), Print Media, Television and Radio.

Nomination forms/ information:     www.humanrights.gov.au/hr_awards
Ph: 02 9284 9618 or hrawards@humanrights.gov.au

Nominations close:  Close of business Friday, 3 October, 2008

Tickets to awards:   Ph: 02 9284 9618 or hrawards@humanrights.gov.au
$65 or $40 concession
Includes two course luncheon, drinks and entertainment

Mailing list for updates:  Subscribe at www.humanrights.gov.au/hr_awards

Media contact: Brinsley Marlay 02 9284 9656 or 0430 366 529