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We can and must do better for refugees

Australia must respect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the community, as well as ensure they are protected in detention, Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow says.Speaking on World Refugee Day, Commissioner Santow said Australia is...
Wednesday 20 June 2018

Commission releases OPCAT interim report

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released an interim report on how Australia should implement a major anti-torture treaty to ensure detained people are not subjected to ill treatment.Australia ratified the Optional Protocol to the...
Tuesday 19 June 2018
Students from the FItzroy Valley share their stories

Commissioner June Oscar hears the voices of Kimberley women and girls

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO has just finished a series of meetings with women and girls in the Kimberley region of Western Australia for the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project....
Tuesday 19 June 2018
The Hon Dr Kay Patterson

We need to talk about elder abuse

“Elder abuse is everybody’s business.”That message was at the heart of a keynote speech delivered by Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.Speaking at an Aged Rights Advocacy Service conference in...
Monday 18 June 2018
Leaders from Commonwealth, State & Territory government departments and agencies have met to discuss institutional racism.

Canberra forum tackles institutional racism

Leaders from Commonwealth, State and Territory government departments and agencies met in Canberra on 14 June to discuss institutional racism.The Australian Human Rights Commission hosted the event as part of its National Anti-Racism Strategy, in...
Friday 15 June 2018
Alastair McEwin making AHRC statement

Housing and education are critical issues for people with disability:...

At the United Nations in New York, Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin has delivered a statement highlighting housing accessibility and inclusive education as critical issues for people with disability.Commissioner McEwin told the...
Friday 15 June 2018

Elder Abuse is Everybody’s Business

Aged Rights Advocacy Service World Elder Abuse Awareness Day ConferenceKeynote address: Elder Abuse is Everybody’s BusinessFriday, 15 June 2018(Check against delivery)Thank you Keith Conlon and congratulations Louise Herft for all the work you and...
Friday 15 June 2018
Australian children in classroom

Kids tell Commissioner about rights

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell has been travelling around the country hearing from children and their advocates about how Australia is or isn’t advancing child rights.The Commissioner is gathering a range of views, data and stories...
Thursday 14 June 2018
National forum panellists with TIm Soutphommasane

National forum examines racial tolerance

Journalists, academics, and multicultural community leaders joined a series of panel discussions at the Australian Human Rights Commission on 12 June, as part of the 2018 National Forum on Racial Tolerance and Community Harmony.Race Discrimination...
Thursday 14 June 2018
Megan talking to students at Bourke Primary School

Commissioner welcomes Government response to Royal Commission

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to a national apology to survivors of abuse, and the creation of a national office for child safety.The Government has today accepted or accepted in...
Wednesday 13 June 2018