Dr Tim Soutphommasane at CERD 2017

Commissioner flags extreme racism concerns at UN

The Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane appeared before the United Nations’ Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva this week, flagging his particular concerns about the...
Thursday 30 November 2017
Transgender flag

Commission welcomes Re Kelvin decision

The Commission welcomes today’s decision of the Full Court of the Family Court in the matter of Re Kelvin.The Court has found that court authorisation is no longer required for hormonal treatment for young people with gender dysphoria, where there...
Thursday 30 November 2017
Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ACCG)

Children's commissioners call for action to protect the rights of children...

Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians are calling on governments to ensure youth justice detention is focused on rehabilitation, and the rights of children are protected.
Wednesday 29 November 2017
Manus Island 2017 - two refugees peer at soldiers through a fence. One man in in pyjamas. Photo by Abdul, via Twitter

Manus crisis

The Australian Human Rights Commission condemns any unlawful use of force, and calls on the Australian and Papua New Guinea Governments to protect the human rights of the men on Manus Island.The Commission urges the Australian Government to ensure...
Friday 24 November 2017
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Commission calls for calm on Manus Island

Australian Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow is calling on the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to honour their international human rights obligations and avoid use of force on Manus Island.The Australian Human Rights Commission...
Thursday 23 November 2017