AWARDS 2016  

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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.

This year, the 30th anniversary since the establishment of the Australian Human Rights Commission, provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate the significant milestones in human rights advancements made over the past 30 years. The Awards ceremony will be held in Sydney on Friday 9 December.

Nominations are now open for eight Awards categories, including the prestigious Human Rights Medal.

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



Gillian Triggs with 2015 Human Rights Awards finalists

This year’s Human Rights Awards will mark 30 years since the Australian Human Rights Commission...Read more

Peter Greste

Human Rights Medal recipient Peter Greste has cautioned against any measures that would erode press...Read more

Peter Greste, photo by Matthew Syres

Peter Greste, the Australian journalist who focussed the nation’s attention on media freedom, has won...Read more

Gillian Triggs at the 2015 Human Rights Awards. Photo by Matthew Syres

An excerpt from Professor Gillian Triggs Human Rights Awards speech, The future of human rights in...Read more