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2019 Human Rights Medal Award Winner Announced

Rosemary Kayess has won the prestigious 2019 Human Rights Medal in recognition of her work in international human rights law for people with disability.

Ms Kayess, a leading human rights advocate for people with disability in Australia and worldwide, contributed to drafting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and successfully lobbied for its ratification in Australia. 

“The fact that I've been awarded this medal amongst all these other nominees just gob-smacks me,” said Rosemary Kayess.

Rosemary Kayess wins 2019 Human Rights Medal

Leading disability rights activist Rosemary Kayess has won the prestigious 2019 Human Rights Medal in recognition of her work in international human rights law for people with disability.

Ms Kayess, a tireless advocate for equal rights for people with disability in Australia and worldwide, contributed to drafting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and successfully lobbied for its ratification in Australia.

Human Rights Award medal announced today

A former Socceroo, a disability rights activist, the author of best-seller Dark Emu, a leading business consultant, and a campaigning lawyer from Queensland are waiting to hear if they will be awarded the prestigious Human Rights Award medal on Friday.

The winners in all nine categories of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s annual Human Rights Awards will be announced today at a ceremony at Sydney’s Fullerton Hotel.

Meet the 2019 Young People's Human Rights Medal finalists

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Hear from our Young People’s Human Rights Medal finalists whom we’re supporting and acknowledging at this year’s ceremony on 13 December 2019.

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Meet the 2019 Human Rights Medal finalists

Video Options:

Hear from our Human Rights Medal finalists whom we’re supporting and acknowledging at this year’s ceremony on December 13, 2019.

Tickets are available

Show your support for this year’s Human Rights Awards finalists

Tickets for this year’s Human Rights awards close next Friday, 6th December. With only days left to purchase your tickets, hear from our Human Rights Medal and Young People’s Medal finalists whom we’re supporting and acknowledging at this year’s ceremony.

Meet Human Rights Awards host Brooke Boney

Tickets for the 2019 Human Rights Awards, the most prestigious awards on the human rights calendar, are selling fast!

With the ceremony approaching quickly, we are excited to introduce our MC for this year, Brooke Boney.

TODAY Show viewers will recognise Brooke as their new entertainment reporter. She also spent two years as news presenter for triple j’s Breakfast program.

Final award categories and finalists announced!

The wait is over! We are thrilled to announce the finalists for the Business Award, Media Award, and Human Rights Medal categories.

These fourteen finalists, chosen from hundreds of nominations, have worked tirelessly to promote human rights in a range of areas, including access to justice, refugee and disability rights.

We cannot wait to highlight their outstanding work at the 2019 Human Rights Awards and ensure their fight for justice and equality does not go unnoticed.

Read on for our finalists:

Final opportunity to nominate for the 2019 Human Rights Awards

It’s your last chance to get your nominations in for the prestigious 2019 Human Rights Awards!

The deadline for nominations will not be extended again, so nominations must be submitted by Monday 29 July to avoid missing out.

The Awards are an opportunity for the Australian Human Rights Commission to celebrate ordinary Australians who are extraordinary advocates for human rights.

Nominations Extended for 2019 Human Rights Awards

Human rights warriors, you are in luck! We have extended the deadline for nominations for the Human Rights Awards until Monday 29 July to give you the chance to put forward yourself, or someone you know, to be recognised as one of the greats of 2019.

We urge anyone who has been working to promote human rights in Australia, or who knows of an individual, organisation, or business that has been a champion in this area, to celebrate their achievements by nominating them in one of our nine awards categories: