2008 Media Release: How does freedom of religion and belief affect health and wellbeing?

A new national investigation has been launched into the effects that freedom of religion and belief can have on individual health and community wellbeing.

Great advocate for Indigenous affairs mourned

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Dr Bill Jonas today expressed sadness at the death of one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous leaders, Mr Djerrkura.

Refugee advocate wins 2003 Human Rights Medal

Refugee and asylum seeker advocate Marion Lê was awarded the 2003 Human Rights Medal at a ceremony in Sydney today for her consistent and effective work in promoting human rights over the last three decades.

2009 Media Release: And the cinema access Oscar goes to …

Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, has congratulated the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, on her announcement that 12 independent cinemas in Australia will now offer captions and audio description services to Australians with...

2009 Media Release: Getting Indigenous youth out of the criminal justice system

With Indigenous young people now 28 times more likely to be detained in custody than their non-Indigenous counterparts, a national conference focusing on the issue will be opened in Sydney tomorrow by Attorney-General Robert McClelland.

Lateline's Solon Story wins Human Rights Award for Television

A series of news-breaking stories by ABC TV's Lateline program which unravelled the tragedy of Australian mother of two, Vivian Solon, and highlighted the systemic incompetence and negligence inside the Immigration Department has won this year's...

Record Award in Sexual Harassment Case

A decision handed down by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has awarded the highest amount of damages in a sexual harassment case before the Commission.

2006 HREOC media release: Stop violence against women

The origins of 25 November as the International Day go back to 1960, when three Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic were killed for their political activism. The sisters became a symbol of the crisis of violence against women. November 25...

Forum highlights issues facing Queensland kids

Police 'move on' powers, the treatment of 17 year olds as adults in the criminal justice system and the exclusion of asylum-seeking children from schools were key issues raised at a forum on children and young people in Brisbane today.

HREOC media release: Human rights and the environment in the Asia Pacific Region

Human rights institutions in the Asia Pacific region will consider the impact of the environment on human rights when the Advisory Council of Jurists of the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) delivers its Interim Report on Human Rights and the Environment at...