Pat Anderson receiving the 2016 Human Rights Medal from Gillian Triggs. Photo by Matthew Syres

A long way from Parap mission

Pat Anderson is a strong Alyawarre woman, who has dedicated her life to advocating for Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander people. Pat is recognised nationally and internationally as a human rights champion for her efforts in addressing issues of...
Friday 23 December 2016
Ms Dhu’s grandmother, Carol Roe holding a sign, 'UNPAID FINES SHOULD NOT BE A DEATH SENTENCE', "We need answers to our baby girl's death, and to know another Julieka won't die like this."

Seismic Shift Required to Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

The Australian Human Rights Commission extend its sincere condolences to the family of Yamatji woman Ms Dhu who passed away while in Western Australian police custody in August 2014. We also express our deep respect for their decision to release the...
Friday 23 December 2016

Is jail the answer for Australian kids?

This year around 900 children and young people will spend Christmas in jail.More than 5 per cent of this population are between 10 and 12 years old and 74 per cent of this age group are Indigenous. Most have been charged or convicted with petty...
Thursday 22 December 2016
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RightsApp launched

The Australian Human Rights Commission has collaborated with LexisNexis® to develop RightsApp, the world’s first mobile application that allows users to quickly and easily search international human rights conventions and declarations by topic and...
Thursday 15 December 2016
Joint Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Speech

Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Speech

Below is the President’s opening statement to the inquiry being conducted by the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights.On behalf of the AHRC, may I thank you for the opportunity to explain our Submission to this Joint Parliamentary Inquiry...
Tuesday 13 December 2016
Older person in wheelchair

Time to talk about elder abuse

The Commission is calling on all interested parties – including organisations and professionals in health, law, social work, banking, financial services, aged care and other disciplines – to review the Australian Law Reform Commission’s latest...
Monday 12 December 2016
Pat Anderson wins human rights medal, presented by Gillian Triggs. Photo by Matthew Syres

Pat Anderson AO wins 2016 Human Rights Medal

Pat Anderson AO, a tireless advocate for the rights and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, has won the prestigious 2016 Human Rights Medal. As Chair of the Lowitja Institute and co-chair of the Prime Minister's Referendum...
Friday 9 December 2016
Social Justice report launch 2016

'We want to be at the heart of reforms involving our people': Deputy...

“We want Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be at the heart of any reform agenda involving our people,” said Deputy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Robynne Quiggin.Speaking at the launch of the 2016...
Wednesday 7 December 2016
Professor Gillian Triggs and Robynne Quiggin

Commission launches Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Report

Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs and Deputy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Robynne Quiggin today launch the Social Justice and Native Title Report 2016.The document is a state-of-the-...
Wednesday 7 December 2016

Listen to us: we know what we need

Decades of reports and inquiries have largely echoed what Indigenous leaders have long asked for: we want Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be at the heart of any reform agenda involving our people, says Robynne Quiggin.The 2016...
Wednesday 7 December 2016

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