Why is this happening in 21st century Australia? – Children’s Rights Report 2016

Australia should ratify and implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) as soon as possible to ensure better oversight of youth justice detention, according to National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell.The key...
Thursday 1 December 2016

Social Justice Report 2016: an agenda for reform

The Social Justice and Native Title Report 2016, tabled today in Federal Parliament, includes an agenda for reform based on solutions proposed by Indigenous Australians.Australian Human Rights Commission President, Gillian Triggs, said governments...
Thursday 1 December 2016

Human Rights Medal finalists announced

The Australian Human Rights Commission has announced the finalists for the 2016 Human Rights Medal.They are: mental health educator Ingrid Ozols; human rights advocate Dr John-Paul Sanggaran; the chair of the Lowitja Institute, Patricia Anderson AO...
Thursday 17 November 2016

Community Individual finalists for Human Rights Awards

Finalists for the 2016 Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award have been revealed!“We received 42 nominations from outstanding Australians, dedicated to human rights at the community level,” said Commission President, Professor Gillian...
Tuesday 15 November 2016

Innovative community organisations acknowledged

The Australian Human Rights Commission today announced five finalists for the 2016 Community Organisation Award.“Each of the finalists have demonstrated a commitment to finding innovative solutions to pressing social problems,” said Australian Human...
Monday 14 November 2016

Media finalists for the Human Rights Awards

This year the Commission has received a record number of nominations for the Media category of the Human Rights Awards.“The very strong interest in the media category is testament to a year in which human rights have been high on the national agenda...
Thursday 10 November 2016

Six inspirational young Australians shortlisted for medal

A refugee who arrived in Australia last year and now advocates for refugee rights is among six young Australians recognised as finalists for the 2016 Young People’s Human Rights Medal.Also on the shortlist is Ella Ingram, who at 17-years-old made a...
Wednesday 9 November 2016

Dylan Voller's lawyer recognised

The lawyer representing Dylan Voller and Jake Roper in their high profile civil suit against the Northern Territory’s corrective services is among five finalists in the legal category of the 2016 Human Rights Awards.Also shortlisted is an...
Tuesday 8 November 2016

Racial Discrimination Complaints

There has been considerable public interest in the Commission’s complaint handling processes under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986.  There has been particular interest In the Commission’s handling of complaints under the Racial...
Monday 7 November 2016

National Children's Commissioner appears as first witness in Royal Commission

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell has called for a major overhaul in youth detention across Australia during an appearance before the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory in Darwin...
Tuesday 11 October 2016

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