• Collage of finalists of the Human Rights Awards
  • Human Rights Awards 2017 Medal Finalists
  • 2017 Human Rights Award finalists of the Tony Fitzgerald Award
  • Finalists of the 2017 Young Persons Human Rights Medal


The Human Rights Awards is the pinnacle of human rights recognition in Australia. Each year we are proud to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations in promoting and protecting human rights and freedoms.

Previous winners of the Human Rights Medal include Johnathan Thurston, Pat Anderson, Peter Greste, Ian Thorpe, Eddie Mabo, the Rt Hon. Malcom Fraser, Ron Merkel QC, Sister Clare Condon, Dorothy Hoddinott and Elizabeth Evatt.

Nominations for the 2018 Human Rights Awards will open in May.

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Johnathan Thurston, Human Rights Medal Winner, with Commission President Rosalind Croucher

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