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Human Rights Awards

The Human Rights Awards are back – with a difference

The Australian Human Rights Commission is proud to announce the Human Rights Awards are proceeding in 2021.

After a year of global challenges, we want to celebrate the champions among  us who have campaigned, and championed human rights - and we need your help!

Nominations for the 2021 Human Rights Awards open Thursday 1 July and there are three categories:

  • Human Rights Medal

  • Young People Medal

  • Community Human Rights Champion

Rosemary Kayess gives 2020 Human Rights Oration

Leading disability rights advocate Rosemary Kayess will give the 2020 Human Rights Day Oration today.

Last year’s Human Rights Medal winner, and a contributor to the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Rosemary Kayess will discuss the social transformation of CRPD and the impact it has had on the community as well as her work with the Disability Royal Commission.

Rosemary will be in conversation with ABC’s disability affairs reporter, Nas Campanella.

Celebrating the 2020 Human Rights Heroes

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.

Human Rights Day Oration

Join Human Rights Medal winner Rosemary Kayess for the 2020 Human Rights Day Oration.

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Balancing Human Rights During COVID19

Join our panel of distinguished speakers as they consider the issues and solutions from a human rights perspective in this live online event.

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Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture: Racial Equality in the Time of Coronavirus

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Human Rights Awards - Keynote speech 2019

Human Rights Awards Keynote

Speech delivered by Commission President, Prof. Rosalind Croucher AM, at the Human Rights Awards, held at the Fullerton Hotel, Sydney.

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2019 Human Rights Medal Award Winner Announced

Rosemary Kayess has won the prestigious 2019 Human Rights Medal in recognition of her work in international human rights law for people with disability.

Ms Kayess, a leading human rights advocate for people with disability in Australia and worldwide, contributed to drafting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and successfully lobbied for its ratification in Australia. 

“The fact that I've been awarded this medal amongst all these other nominees just gob-smacks me,” said Rosemary Kayess.

Rosemary Kayess wins 2019 Human Rights Medal

Leading disability rights activist Rosemary Kayess has won the prestigious 2019 Human Rights Medal in recognition of her work in international human rights law for people with disability.

Ms Kayess, a tireless advocate for equal rights for people with disability in Australia and worldwide, contributed to drafting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and successfully lobbied for its ratification in Australia.

Human Rights Award medal announced today

A former Socceroo, a disability rights activist, the author of best-seller Dark Emu, a leading business consultant, and a campaigning lawyer from Queensland are waiting to hear if they will be awarded the prestigious Human Rights Award medal on Friday.

The winners in all nine categories of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s annual Human Rights Awards will be announced today at a ceremony at Sydney’s Fullerton Hotel.