Charter of Human Rights

Human Rights Day – 10  December

During Human Rights Week watch a video each day

The Videos are refugees speaking about what Human Rights mean for them.
Please share these stories

Day 1:  Kaid from Iraq shares with Rural Australians for Refugees why we need an Australian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

You can support Kaid by sharing his story and signing the petition for An Australian Charter of Rights and Freedoms at charterofrights.org.au/

 

Day 2: Mohammad from Iran shares with Australians for Refugees why we need an Australian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

You can support Mohammad by sharing his story and signing the petition for An Australian Charter of Rights and Freedoms at charterofrights.org.au/

 

Day 3: Asylum seekers supported by the Romero Centre share with Australians for Refugees why we need an Australian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

You can support these asylum seekers by sharing their story and signing the petition for An Australian Charter of Rights and Freedoms at charterofrights.org.au/

 

Day 4: Asylum seekers supported by the Romero Centre in Brisbane, share with Australians for Refugees why we need and Australian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

You can support these asylum seekers by sharing their story and signing the petition for An Australian Charter of Rights and Freedoms at charterofrights.org.au/

 

Day 5: Asylum seekers supported by the Romero Centre in Brisbane, share with Australians for Refugees why we need an Australian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

You can support these asylum seekers by sharing their story and signing the petition for An Australian Charter of Rights and Freedoms at charterofrights.org.au/

 

Day 6: Atosha was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and lived in Kenya as a refugee where she learnt English. Atosha and her family came to Australia as a refuge in 2017 and settled in Wodonga. She was awarded Wodonga City Youth Ambassador in 2018 and this year awarded Young Woman in Public Affairs 2020 by Zonta in Albury, Wodonga. Atosha shares with Rural Australians for Refugees why an Australian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms is important.

You can support Atosha by sharing her story and signing the petition for An Australian Charter of Rights and Freedoms at charterofrights.org.au/ 

 

Day 7: Muzafar Ali was born in Afghanistan and with his family fled the Taliban to Indonesia where he helped to establish the Cisarua Learning Centre for Refugees.  Muzafar was one of the stars in the film “The Staging Post”.  This film told the story of the Cisarua Learning Centre and its success.  Muzafar shares with Rural Australians why an Australian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms is important.

You can support Muzafar by sharing his story and signing the petition for An Australian Charter of Rights and Freedoms at charterofrights.org.au/

 


RAR calls for a Charter of Human Rights

Seventy years ago the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was declared and Australia was a signatory.  Australia is also a signatory to the Universal declaration to the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings are born free and equal and lists 30 articles which the government must respect because we are human. Australia is the only liberal democracy without a national Charter of Bill of rights.  It is long past time that we redressed this and modernized our system of government by introducing an Australia-wide human rights law. (Evatt Foundation.)

The ACT, Victoria and Queensland all of Human Rights Charters which cover their states but because the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not Australian Law the Australian Government is not bound by it.

The RAR Human Rights Sub-Committee have prepared a discussion paper for groups to use to start discussions and progress the campaign for a Charter of Human Rights in Australia.  20.10.01 Human Rights Discussion Paper

The Human Rights Law Centre are leading a campaign for a Charter.  35 organizations have signed up.  To find out more  and to sign up, check out their website .

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