World AIDS day

Stigma standing in way of right to health: World AIDS Day

All Australians have a human right to health but stigma continues to act as a barrier to HIV prevention and treatment, says Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow.Commissioner Santow’s comments come on World AIDS Day, a time to raise awareness...
Friday 1 December 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane at CERD 2017

Commissioner flags extreme racism concerns at UN

The Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane appeared before the United Nations’ Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva this week, flagging his particular concerns about the...
Thursday 30 November 2017

Australian Indigenous Governance Institute Indigenous Women in Governance...

‘I have the right, and so do you: The power of Indigenous women in governance’[Introduction in Bunuba]Jalangurru lanygu wiyi yani gurama yani.I want to pay my respects to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners of the land we...
Thursday 30 November 2017
Transgender flag

Commission welcomes Re Kelvin decision

The Commission welcomes today’s decision of the Full Court of the Family Court in the matter of Re Kelvin.The Court has found that court authorisation is no longer required for hormonal treatment for young people with gender dysphoria, where there...
Thursday 30 November 2017
Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ACCG)

Children's commissioners call for action to protect the rights of children...

Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians are calling on governments to ensure youth justice detention is focused on rehabilitation, and the rights of children are protected.
Wednesday 29 November 2017

Fighting racism in Australia

Remarks at UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Thematic Discussion on Racial Discrimination in Today’s WorldGeneva, Switzerland29 November 2017Edited transcriptIt is timely to have this forum on racial discrimination, given the...
Wednesday 29 November 2017

IAHA National Conference

‘Culture, Relationships, Health: Human Rights in Practice’Acknowledgements[Introduction in Bunuba]Yaningi warangira ngindaji yuwa muwayi ingirranggu, Whadjuk yani u. Balangarri wadjirragali jarra ningi – gamali ngindaji yau muwayi nyirrami ngarri...
Tuesday 28 November 2017

Statement to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Geneva,...

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY27 November 2017Chair and committee members: thank you for the opportunity to address you.I am pleased to join you as Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner and as a representative of the Australian Human Rights...
Tuesday 28 November 2017

Adapting to Ageing Australia

(Check against delivery)IntroductionIn line with this year’s theme, ‘The Art of Disruption’, I would like to talk about how society is managing the transition to an older population and what the retirement industry can do to positively influence...
Tuesday 28 November 2017
Manus Island 2017 - two refugees peer at soldiers through a fence. One man in in pyjamas. Photo by Abdul, via Twitter

Manus crisis

The Australian Human Rights Commission condemns any unlawful use of force, and calls on the Australian and Papua New Guinea Governments to protect the human rights of the men on Manus Island.The Commission urges the Australian Government to ensure...
Friday 24 November 2017

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