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Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Human Rights Commission

Related:  Human rights in AustraliaHuman Rights Organisations In 1948, following the traumatic events of World War II, representatives from the 50 member states of the United Nations banded together to create a list of the rights everyone around the world should enjoy. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Under the guidance of Eleanor Roosevelt, then-first lady of the United States and a politician, diplomat and activist in her own right, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was born. Article 1 states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

Foundation of Sustainable Development (FSD) FSD achieves community-driven goals through asset-based development and international exchange in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. FSD envisions a world where all people have the opportunity and capacity to direct economic, social, and environmental resources toward sustainable outcomes that improve lives and communities. Start With Assets, Not Problems: We take an asset-based approach to development work. We begin by listening to the priorities set by our community-based partners at our international program sites.

Commission Website: Information for Students - Human Rights Essentials - Human Rights Timeline Human rights can be traced back through many centuries of history. You can also access the text only version of the timeline. Please note that the timeline below includes links to external websites. These links have been included for your information. Report broken links to:

History of the Commission The Australian Human Rights Commission (formerly known as the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission) was established on 10 December 1986 (International Human Rights Day) as Australia’s national human rights watchdog. With an expanded complaint handling role and a major focus on research and education, the Commission replaced the previous Human Rights Commission, which had operated essentially as a part-time body since 1981. Three full-time Commissioners were appointed to the new organisation – a Human Rights Commissioner, Race Discrimination Commissioner and Sex Discrimination Commissioner – along with a part-time President. Over the next 21 years the Commission’s role and workload grew markedly. Following are some of the major organisational and legislative milestones.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Preamble Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, Human Rights In Various Regions Author and Page information It has been over 50 years since the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed by most governments in the world and yet the abuses continue to grow. Freedom of Speech and Human Rights are taken for granted in the west, but recent years have seen conditions deteriorate around the world. As early as 1997 for example, Human Rights conditions were reported to remain unchanged compared to previous years, or in some countries, actually worsen, around the world. In 1998 for example, the UN reported that even though over a hundred governments had agreed to help outlaw some of the worse violations of rights, torture was still on the increase.

Timeline - History of separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families - text version back to Bringing Them Home education module pages --> The history of the separation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families This timeline details the history of forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families. Information is primarily taken from the findings of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, and from a wide range of other sources. The timelines provides up-to-date information about the status of the recommendations of the report. It links to responses and actions from government, and from the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Islamic State message calling on followers to kill Australians is a genuine threat: Julie Bishop Updated An Islamic State threat to kill Australians is being treated as genuine by Australian intelligence agencies. The first formal call by the terrorist group for a war against and in the West was issued by the group's spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani ash-Shami yesterday. This morning Australian Federal Police officers armed with assault rifles could be seen on guard outside Parliament House in Canberra. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples The following content draws upon, in part, the Joint Australian NGO Coalition's fact sheets prepared for the Universal Periodic Review. In all social indicators, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rate as among the most disadvantaged peoples in Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rate far worse than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in education, employment, health, standard of living and incidence of family violence. They are also grossly over-represented in the child protection and criminal justice systems. The disparity is so great that the life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is 12 years less for males and 10 years less for females than the corresponding rates for their non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander counterparts. The Australian Government's response to the levels of disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been the "Closing the Gap" strategy.

A Current Affair breached code with 'All-Asian Mall' story ACA's 'racist' story offends retailer Castle Mall Shopping Centre cafe owner Jessica Nakad says A Current Affair's 2012 'All-Asian Mall' story was 'racist' and that customers still ask her about it. 13, 2013 A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw is expected to apologise over the airing of a racist story, titled 'All-Asian Mall'. Advertisement Providing opinion ... Refugees and asylum seekers The following content draws upon, in part, the Joint Australian NGO Coalition's fact sheets prepared for the Universal Periodic Review. Mandatory immigration detention The Migration Act 1958 requires all unlawful non citizens (other than those in excised offshore zones) to be detained, regardless of circumstances, until they are granted a visa or removed from Australia. Australian law also fails to protect unlawful non-citizens against indefinite detention, as time limitations for immigration detention are not codified in Australian law (Migration Act 1958 (Cth), ss189(1), 189(2) and 196(1)).

What are human rights? Human rights recognise the inherent value of each person, regardless of background, where we live, what we look like, what we think or what we believe. They are based on principles of dignity, equality and mutual respect, which are shared across cultures, religions and philosophies. They are about being treated fairly, treating others fairly and having the ability to make genuine choices in our daily lives. Respect for human rights is the cornerstone of strong communities in which everyone can make a contribution and feel included.

Womens Rights The following content draws upon, in part, the Joint Australian NGO Coalition's fact sheets prepared for the Universal Periodic Review. Equality laws Women's rights are not fully protected in Australia. Australia's Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (SDA) does not adequately address systemic discrimination or promote substantive equality – there is no general prohibition on sex discrimination; the burden for addressing sex discrimination is on individual complainants; intersectional discrimination is not adequately addressed; and exemptions to the Act, such as those for religious institutions, perpetuate unfair and unreasonable discrimination against women. Protection from discrimination against women in the workforce remains inadequate, particularly in the areas of pregnancy and family responsibilities.