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Australia adds its human rights expertise to UN Council

Australia’s election to the United Nations Human Rights Council acknowledges the expertise and leadership Australia brings to international human rights, according to the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Rosalind Croucher.

HRTC highlights newsletter - Jan 2017

Working internationally to advance human rights



Australia sponsors annual Human Rights Council resolution

On 29 September 2016, the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council adopted its annual resolution on ‘National institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights’. The resolution was sponsored by Australia and co-sponsored by 64 other UN members States.

HRTC highlights newsletter - April 2016

Working internationally to advance human rights



Commission calls for end of death penalty

The Australian Human Rights Commission is deeply saddened at the executions in Indonesia of Australian citizens Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs expressed profound concern that the human rights of these two men have not been respected.

“This is a distressing time for the family and friends of the deceased, but many Australians are also feeling great sadness,” said Professor Triggs.

Rights Talk: CPCF v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection – When statutory interpretation trumps international legal norms

Tuesday 3 March, 2015

In this session, Shine Lawyers, Special Counsel, George Newhouse will discuss the unanswered questions arising from the High Court decision in the recent case of 157 Tamils intercepted and detained by Australian Border Protection on the high seas

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Commission hosts Indonesian human rights activists at lunch time seminar

On 29 September 2014 the Commission hosted a seminar on women and poverty in Indonesia. The lunch time seminar celebrated the publication of Ms Lies Marcoes’s book, “A Journey against Defeat: Narratives of Women’s Rejection of Poverty”. The book details the powerful resilience of Indonesian women in resisting impoverishment and features profound photographs by Mr Armin Hari.

Celebrating 15 years of the China-Australia Human Rights Program

The 15th anniversary of the China-Australia Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program was celebrated by the Commission on 24 June 2014 with a Reception that brought together previous Australian participants for the first time.

The Reception was hosted by Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs and included special guests from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which coordinates the Program in China. The Chinese delegation was led by Counsellor Long Zhou, from the Department of International Organisations and Conferences. 

RightsTalk: Khmer Rouge on Trial

Monday 14 April, 2014

Tarik Abdulhak, an Australian lawyer who has been working at international criminal tribunals since 2004, will present a RightsTalk at the Australian Human Rights Commission on 14 April focused on the alleged Khmer Rouge atrocities in Cambodia.

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2010 Media Release: Human rights agencies call for action on UN racial discrimination report

Australian human rights agencies have called for the full and prompt implementation of the recent UN CERD report on racial discrimination in Australia.