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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Free and Equal Conference

The Free and Equal conference is the centrepiece of a national conversation and once-in-a-decade event. The conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Sydney on Tuesday October 8, 2019.

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Free and Equal Conference

The Free and Equal conference is the centrepiece of a national conversation and once-in-a-decade event. The conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Sydney on Tuesday October 8, 2019.
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Freedom of Religion

The Australian Human Rights Commission has produced a factsheet on the current protections in Australian law for freedom of religion. The factsheet can be found here. In Australian schools, workplaces and in all aspects of life, there are people with a wide variety of different religious and other...
OPCAT
Rights Rights and Freedoms

OPCAT: Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture

The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) is an international agreement aimed at preventing torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. OPCAT places an obligation to establish a system of regular...
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Human Rights and Technology

Subscribe for updates About the Project The Australian Human Rights Commission is undertaking a major project on the relationship between human rights and technology. The project is being led by the Human Rights Commissioner, Edward Santow. For further details visit https://tech.humanrights.gov.au ....
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Roundtable on human rights and mega sporting events in the Commonwealth

Roundtable on human rights and mega sporting events in the Commonwealth On 31 October 2016 the Australian Human Rights Commission and KPMG co-hosted a roundtable on human rights and mega sporting events in the Commonwealth on 31 October 2016 in Sydney. The Roundtable built on the outcomes of the...
Federal Discrimination Law 2016
Rights Rights and Freedoms

Federal Discrimination Law 2016

Federal Discrimination Law is produced by the Commission’s legal section and provides an overview of the federal unlawful discrimination laws and examines the significant issues that have arisen in the federal unlawful discrimination cases. It also contains comprehensive tables of damages awards...
Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson
Rights Rights and Freedoms

Religious Freedom Roundtable

At the commencement of his term, the Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson conducted a national consultation on rights and responsibilities. The outcomes from this consultation are outlined in the Rights and Responsibilities Consultation Report 2015 , which is available at https://www.humanrights...
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Magna Carta: The Story of Our Freedom

To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Australian Human Rights Commission has created a series of online educational resources which explore the evolution of human rights since 1215 and the impact that Magna Carta has had on our human rights and freedoms in Australia. The digital...
Rights & Responsibilities 2014
Rights Rights and Freedoms

Rights & Responsibilities 2014

The Human Rights Commissioner is conducting a national consultation about how well we currently protect people’s rights and freedoms in Australia.
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Free Speech 2014

The Commission hosted a one-day symposium on free speech on Thursday 7th August 2014.
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Freedom of Religion and Belief

Freedom of religion and belief is a fundamental human right protected by a number of international treaties and declarations, including article 18(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This right encompasses freedom of thought on all matters and the freedom to...
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Human rights and the Internet

The Internet provides unparalleled opportunities for the promotion and advancement of certain rights
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Rights and freedoms - right by right

As part of the development of our new website we are developing pages on human rights scrutiny by reference to each area of rights and obligations set out in the main human rights treaties which have been developed by the international community and adopted by Australia in the years since the...