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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Human Rights and Technology

The Australian Human Rights Commission is undertaking a major project on the relationship between human rights and technology.

International Students

The rights of international students residing in Australia are a significant concern for the Commission and have a discernable set of human rights including the right to non discrimination, equality of treatment, security of the person, access to justice, housing, information, freedom of religion...

Women in Male-Dominated Industries (2012)

In 2010, the Australian Human Rights Commission examined the key reforms required to achieve gender equality in Australia in a report entitled Gender Equality Blueprint 2010.
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Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Women in leadership

Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, has been actively promoting the importance of women’s representation in decision-making roles in the community, government and business sectors.

Cyber Racism

On the internet, cyber-racism can take the form of a website itself, its written content, its images, blogs, videos and on-line comments. Additionally, racist comments, images or language in text messages, on social networking sites or in emails are also examples of cyber racism.


The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination 1966 (CERD) (the Convention) was one of the first human rights treaties to be adopted by the United Nations. More than 156 countries (four-fifths of the membership of the UN) have ratified the Convention; including Australia,...

Right to vote

The right to vote is not enjoyed equally by all Australians A healthy democracy makes sure that all members of the community have equal access to the political process. Australia is a democratic nation where governments are elected by popular vote. However, even though almost all Australians over 18...

Sex and gender diversity issues paper

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) is seeking the views of the sex and gender diverse community about the most pressing human rights issues faced by people who are transgender, transsexual or intersex. HREOC also seeks input into how it might assist in promoting and protecting...

What is the Universal Declaration on Human Rights?

back to Universal Declaration of Human Rights Anniversary pages What is the Universal Declaration on Human Rights? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Universal Declaration) is an international document that states the basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are...