Date: 
Friday 14 December 2018

The President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM will today announce plans for a National Summit on Human Rights.

Professor Croucher will announce the National Summit at the 2018 Human Rights Awards at Sydney’s Westin Hotel.

“The National Summit, to be held mid-2019, will promote awareness of the importance of human rights in 21st century Australia.

“It will identify the key principles and elements of a human rights reform agenda to modernize our system of human rights protection.

“We need to reimagine our system of protections of human rights and freedoms so that we can provide everyone with the opportunity to be the best that they can be.

“Human rights are best protected and promoted when they are everyone’s business—everyone’s responsibility—the government, the parliament, the community at large and the courts,” said Professor Croucher.

This year’s awards will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- The benchmark document for the contemporary expression of rights and freedoms.

Please note - media are welcome to attend and record the awards. Journalists should be advised that the contacts below are available only via text message between 12-3:30pm. Voice messages won’t be checked until after the awards.

Link: National Human Rights Summit

Media contacts:
Lindy Kerin          0430 366 529 or lindy.kerin@humanrights.gov.au
Sarah Bamford     0417 957 525 or Sarah.Bamford@humanrights.gov.au