Date: 
Wednesday 4 December 2013

The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel has signed on to help the Australian Human Rights Commission celebrate ten of Australia’s most inspiring human rights advocates next week at the 2013 Human Rights Awards.

Time is running out to buy tickets for this not-to-be-missed cocktail event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney to mark International Human Rights Day on Tuesday 10 December 2013, starting at 5.30pm.

From a record number of nominations, the Commission has selected 40 finalists for 10 awards, including the Human Rights Medal and the Young People’s Human Rights Medal.

Commission President Gillian Triggs and last year’s Human Rights Medal winner, Ian Thorpe, will join Craig Reucassel on stage to present the awards. So expect a little irreverence and a lot of fun. There’ll be great food, sparkling conversation and a jazz trio to further enhance the mood.

The four finalists for the 2013 Human Rights Medal are Gurruwun (Yalmay) Yunupingu, who has long campaigned for Yolgnu children to have a bilingual education; Richard Frankland, a Gunditjmara man who is also a musician, screenwriter, director and trainer; Sister Clare Condon, who leads the Sisters of the Good Samaritan; and Pastor Graham Long from The Wayside Chapel in Sydney.

“The Human Rights Awards celebrate individuals, businesses and community organisations across Australia who have advanced human rights during the year.

“The finalists have dedicated their lives to advancing and protecting the human rights of children and young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and individuals who experience mental illness, homelessness or domestic violence,” said Professor Triggs.

Other award categories include the Law Award, the Business Award, the Community Organisation Award, and the Community Individual Award.

Non-fiction literature, print and online media, TV, and radio are also recognised for their contribution to protecting and advancing human rights .

Tickets and further details are available online at http://hrawards.humanrights.gov.au

“Please come and join us for the 2013 Human Rights Awards.

“The evening provides a wonderful opportunity to show your support for human rights and to celebrate International Human Rights Day with good friends and colleagues,” Professor Triggs said.