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Nominations open for 2023 Australian Human Rights Awards

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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.

2022 Human Rights Day Oration by Larissa Behrendt

"No More Just Tinkering at the Edges"
Human Rights Day Oration by 
Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO


9 December 2022

I pay my respects to the Gadigal and the Elders who have kept knowledge on this country and shared so generously this unceded land.  

Commission announces 2021 Human Rights Awards finalists

Every year the Commission holds the Human Rights Awards to celebrate human rights achievements. It is a chance to acknowledge, congratulate and share the important work of organisations, businesses, and individuals across the nation.

Rosemary Kayess gives 2020 Human Rights Oration

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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 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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Thank you for that warm welcome to country.

Rosemary Kayess wins 2019 Human Rights Medal

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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

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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.

Meet the 2019 Young People's Human Rights Medal finalists

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Hear from our Young People’s Human Rights Medal finalists whom we’re supporting and acknowledging at this year’s ceremony on 13 December 2019.

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