2018 is a special year for the Human Rights Awards, marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration underpins international human rights law and inspires us to work to ensure all people can gain freedom, equality and dignity.
Each year, the annual Human Rights Awards recognises the wonderful work being done in our communities by ordinary Australians, organisations, businesses and community groups to further human rights and freedoms in Australia. We all know someone, or perhaps a business or organisation, that deserves to be applauded for their devotion to making Australia a better place and their commitment to ensuring our rights and freedoms are enjoyed by all, on an equal basis.
Previous winners in the prestigious Human Rights Medal category include Johnathan Thurston, Pat Anderson, Peter Greste, Ian Thorpe, the Rt Hon. Malcom Fraser, Ron Merkel QC, Sister Clare Condon, Dorothy Hoddinott and Elizabeth Evatt.
In 2018 we are excited to be introducing a new Award category. The new Government category will recognise the contribution of local, state, territory and federal government bodies to the advancement and protection of human rights in Australia.
The nine Awards categories are:
- Human Rights Medal
- Young People’s Human Rights Medal
- Business Award
- Racism. It Stops With Me Award
- Media Award
- Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award
- Community Organisation Award
- Law Award
Hurry to make sure those who deserve to be recognised, are recognised. Details and nomination forms are online at http://hrawards.humanrights.gov.au