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Young people shortlisted for Human Rights Medal

Commission Commission – General

Australian Human Rights Commission president Professor Gillian Triggs today announced the shortlist for the Young People’s Human Rights Medal.

Over the past week, the Commission has also released shortlists for its media awards, law award, literature award, business award, and community awards.

The shortlisted nominees for the Young People’s Human Rights Medal are:

  •  James Clarke for raising awareness of the rights of young LGBTI people in both the Indigenous and broader WA school communities by bravely sharing his personal story and encouraging others to speak out.
  •  Students of Woodville High School (pictured) for bringing national attention to the issue of children and young people in detention by coordinating rallies, working with local politicians, and campaigning via social media.
  • Daniel Haile-Michael and Maki Issa for challenging racism and racial profiling as the lead applicants in a historic Federal Court case involving the Victorian police force.
  • Nathan Basha for his tireless commitment to improving the life experience of people with disability, particularly promoting equal opportunity in employment.

“The Commission received 29 nominations from young people across Australia for the 2014 Young People’s Human Rights Medal.

“It was an extraordinarily difficult task to compile a shortlist from such an inspiring group. I would like to acknowledge and thank all of the young people nominated for this award,” Professor Triggs said.

“It is clear from this shortlist that young people are vitally engaged with human rights in their everyday lives. These nominees demonstrate the power of personal action to achieve positive and systemic change.”

The 2014 Australian Human Rights Awards will be presented on 10 December at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Tickets are available online.

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