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.
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.
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.
Join Human Rights Medal winner Rosemary Kayess for the 2020 Human Rights Day Oration.
Join our panel of distinguished speakers as they consider the issues and solutions from a human rights perspective in this live online event.
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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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.
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.
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.