Date: 
Thursday 15 December 2016

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 right.

RightsApp contains the text of some of the world’s most important international human rights treaties and agreements, as well as signatory information and relevant United Nations committees’ general comments.

RightsApp is a significant breakthrough in ensuring that vital information and resources are readily available and easily accessible to individuals so they can understand their rights.

“It will also assist businesses, employers and community groups to check their obligations under international human rights law,” says Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs.

The App sets out Australia’s and other nation’s responsibilities across a broad cross section of human rights treaties such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Punishment. 

“Every day, in virtually every country around the world we hear or read about a human rights issue.  It is something that affects us all and something that more and more businesses are focusing on. 

“That’s why LexisNexis collaborated with the Human Rights Commission to develop this simple to use tool which makes it easy for people to understand and exercise their rights and responsibilities under international law. And because it is free it is available for everyone,” says Joanne Beckett, Managing Director LexisNexis Australia.

RightsApp is available for free from the App Store.