Human rights at your fingertips
Australia has a proud history of supporting human rights. Australia played a
key role in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights more than sixty years ago. Since then, Australia has been a leading voice for
the implementation of human rights across the globe.
Closer to home, we also recognise that the promotion and protection of human
rights in Australia ensures that we thrive as a nation. An important way that
human rights are upheld is by ensuring that public sector officials understand
human rights and ensure their status in legislative and policy development.
Human rights at your fingertips is a pocket guide for public
sector officials and contains the text of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, the seven international human rights treaties ratified by Australia
and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The pocket guide also provides a table summarising the articles related to
each right across the instruments.
Also included are the Paris Principles relating to the status of national
institutions which provide guidance on the attributes of independent, robust
national human rights institutions – of which the Australian Human Rights
Commission has long been a leading example.
This pocket guide will assist in the promotion and protection of human rights
enhancing human rights knowledge and awareness of Australian’s human
rights obligations within government
supporting the development of public policy, programs and legislation that
are consistent with our international human rights obligations.
This booklet is the result of the joint effort of the Australian Human Rights
Commission and the Attorney-General’s Department.
We hope that Human rights at your fingertips will enhance understanding of
human rights and make a contribution to the promotion and protection of human
rights in Australia.
The Hon. Nicola Roxon
Australian Human Rights Commission