We must act on lessons of Royal Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission acknowledges the survivors, witnesses and families who contributed to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and calls on all Australian governments to implement its final...
Friday 15 December 2017

Australia ratifies major anti-torture treaty OPCAT

Today Australia has taken the final step necessary to ratify and implement a major international treaty that combats torture and other forms of mistreatment. This is an opportunity to protect the rights of people who are detained in Australia for...
Friday 15 December 2017

Human rights landmark as Australia legalises marriage equality

Parliament has today legislated for a fairer and more equal Australia by legalising marriage equality.“On this historic day, Australia joins over two dozen countries around the world in legislating for marriage equality,” said Australian Human...
Thursday 7 December 2017

Wiyi Yani U Thangani Women’s Voices ‘Securing Our Rights, Securing Our Future’

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO will today launch the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project.The project will be led by the Australian Human Rights Commission in partnership with the...
Friday 1 December 2017

Children's Commissioners unite to protect children in custody

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 when they’re in custody.
Wednesday 29 November 2017

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

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

National Stolen Generations reparations scheme needed

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO has called for a national reparations scheme for members of the Stolen Generations.“It’s been heartening to see a number of reparations schemes in states and...
Tuesday 21 November 2017

Report must be catalyst for change

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes today’s findings of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, 18 months after details emerged of the disturbing mistreatment of children in the Don...
Friday 17 November 2017

Human Rights Commission welcomes marriage postal survey result

Following the completion of the Federal Government postal survey on marriage reform, the Australian Human Rights Commission calls on Parliament to amend the Marriage Act so that civil marriage is available to all couples, regardless of sex, sexual...
Wednesday 15 November 2017

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