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Nominations open for 2023 Australian Human Rights Awards

Commission – General
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Nominations for the 2023 Australian Human Rights Awards are now open, providing an opportunity to honour and celebrate individuals and organisations striving to defend and protect the human rights of people in Australia. This year’s Awards form a key part of Australia’s celebration and commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Presented by the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Awards provide national recognition to human rights champions from all walks of life and from right across the country, as well as to significant achievements in protecting and promoting human rights in Australia.

Nominations this year can be submitted in five (5) categories: Human Rights Medal; Law Award; Media & Creative Industries Award; Community Award; and Young People’s Award. Four (4) finalists will be selected in each category. Nominations close on Monday 4 September. Nominations are free and can be submitted at: www.humanrights.gov.au/aus-human-rights-awards

Australian Human Rights Commission President Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM: “2023 is a landmark year for people and organisations involved with human rights as we commemorate 75 years since the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“This hugely important document continues to underpin so much about our contemporary approach to rights, justice and equality here in Australia and around the world, and so this year we’re focussed on highlighting the work of Australia’s human rights heroes in this context.

“The Australian Human Rights Awards provide an incredibly valuable opportunity to honour and promote the work of our everyday heroes of human rights as well as our more high-profile achievers. So, I encourage all Australians to get involved and nominate the people and organisations they admire who are working to protect and promote human rights in Australia.”

A range of new partners from the community, philanthropic, diplomatic, educational, government and corporate sectors are supporting this year’s event. The Principal Partner is the Paul Ramsay Foundation. Foundation CEO, Professor Kristy Muir: “Thousands of Australians are making a difference every day, contributing to improving equity in society and championing justice for all. Providing a platform to tell their stories and celebrate their work is vital to fostering an appreciation for the value and impact of human rights.”   

Nominators whose nominees are chosen as finalists will receive one (1) complimentary ticket to the Awards ceremony. Finalists will be announced on Monday 16 October. Award recipients will be announced at the Awards ceremony and reception in Sydney in December (date and time to be announced soon). For more information and to submit nominations, please visit: www.humanrights.gov.au/aus-human-rights-awards

ENDS | Media contact: media@humanrights.gov.au or 0457 281 897

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