Human Rights Day: a reminder to focus on the need for a national charter of human rights

10th Dec 2018

As Human Rights Day is celebrated globally, the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) today reiterated calls for a national charter of human rights in Australia.

“Today we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said Ms Noor Blumer, National President, ALA. “As we acknowledge this milestone, it is timely to focus on the lack of a national charter to protect human rights.

“Australia played a leading role in the adoption of the UDHR, with Dr Herbert Vere Evatt as President of the UN General Assembly and overseeing the adoption of the UDHR in 1948.

“Australia should continue to play a leading role in advancing human rights, and an essential part of this is developing our own national Bill of Rights.

“A national Bill of Rights would empower all Australians and help us protect the freedoms and liberties we expect in our country. It will also help to protect the values we believe in like fairness, equality and respect for each other, and give people the power to hold the government to account.”

More information about the campaign for a National Charter of Rights can be found at:

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