Australian Defence Force members at Mardi Gras.

Celebrating 25 years of diversity in the armed forces

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has joined with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members of the Australian Defence Force to celebrate diversity in the armed forces.“Tonight, we celebrate 25 years of open service for lesbian,...
Sunday 24 September 2017
women in conversation

Commissioner tells women they are greatest agents for change

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar has told Australia’s female leaders they are the greatest agents for change and empowerment in this country.Speaking at the Chief Executive Women’s annual dinner on 19...
Wednesday 20 September 2017

Once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix places of detention

Australia's ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) could be the single most positive step in a generation towards protecting the human rights of detainees, according to Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow...
Tuesday 19 September 2017
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous health response 'woeful' says UN investigator

The Close the Gap Campaign urges Australian governments to act on the recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Special Rapporteur, Ms Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, said it is “woefully inadequate” that,...
Monday 18 September 2017
Post War Education - photo by Richard Wainwright 2011. School boys walk through traditional African village, their crisp unforms contrasting with the colours of the grasslands

Photo comp asks people of all ages to focus on home

Budding photographers of all ages and skills are encouraged to enter the 2017 Human Rights Photography Competition, which this year focusses on the experiences of people at home.As former diplomat and US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once observed, “...
Monday 18 September 2017