Charter of Human Rights

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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