• Prof. Rosalind Croucher at Free + Equal Human Rights Conference
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    Prof. Rosalind Croucher at Free + Equal Human Rights Conference

    – Good morning, everyone. Your Excellency, Dr. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Commission commissioners, Dr. Ben Gauntlett, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Chin Tan, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, and Megan Mitchell, our National Children’s Commissioner. We also have the Honourable, Catherine Branson, ACQC, former president of the Commission, and the Honourable Susan Ryan, AO, former Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner. Les Malezer, member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, The Honourable Roslyn Atkinson, AO, Royal Commissioner into Violence, Neglect, Exploitation of People with Disability, The Honourable Jamie Freeman, MP, Member for Mirrabooka in the Western Australian Parliament. Esteemed panelists…

  • Re-imagining Australia: human rights for everyone – Prof Gillian Triggs | Lecture Curtin University
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    Re-imagining Australia: human rights for everyone – Prof Gillian Triggs | Lecture Curtin University

    >>Prof Terry: I welcome everybody to Curtin University’s Inaugural Human Rights Lecture. We are honoured tonight that this important lecture will be delivered by the inspirational Gillian Triggs, and I think a person who we would all agree has so impressively taken on her important role without fear or favour. As Professor Triggs will discuss later, education plays an absolutely key role in re-imagining Australia where human rights are fully realised and enjoyed by all. Indeed, this annual lecture was established to encourage a strong human rights culture both within and outside our university. The responsibility we all share in this respect I think has been beautifully captured in some…

  • The Power of Rights
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    The Power of Rights

    To unlock the human potential that’s in each and every single person, in all of its great diversity, that is the promise of the human rights movement. Human rights are a powerful tool for each individual to find his or her place in a more equal society. Human rights is an ethical statement initially. What is it that we have reason to want for us and for fellow human beings. By virtue of the fact of us being human beings they are our rights. Rights to live, to say what we want, to be free. To be treated fairly and equally regardless of race or religion or gender. To not…

  • Prohibition, the Constitution, and the Path to Legalization – Andrew Joseph
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    Prohibition, the Constitution, and the Path to Legalization – Andrew Joseph

    Presumably most people in this room think that psychedelics should be legal and even in the non-medical, okay Yeah, that’s a safe assumption, right and even in non-medical context that people should be free to possess psychedelics even in the home and For anything like me perhaps you’ve spent some time arguing to that effect arguing that psychedelic drugs should be legal No doubt, a lot of ink has been spilled arguing that psychedelic drugs should be legal it was my attempt here today to begin to encourage us to Shift the nature the tone of our end of that conversation I would like to take it from one of…

  • Positive Rights vs. Negative Rights – Learn Liberty
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    Positive Rights vs. Negative Rights – Learn Liberty

    One reason there’s a lot of confusion about rights from both liberals and conservatives is that there are different sorts of rights. Besides the distinction between legal and moral rights, we also need to distinguish the different sorts of claims the assertion of a right makes. Philosophers generally use the expressions negative rights and positive rights to express these distinctions. Now there’s nothing evaluative about these terms. It’s not negative in a bad way. These are precise terms that philosophers use to make an important distinction. So let’s see if we can explore it. Consider this claim: I have the right to go to the store and get a lottery…

  • What is the Australian Constitution?
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    What is the Australian Constitution?

    (UPBEAT MUSIC) Hey Summer. (PHONE BEEPS) Whatcha doin’ Australia? Reading my Constitution. Yeah? Where’d you get that? (ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZAP) (Australia) January 1st, 1901. (Summer) Oh yeah. Yeah. It’s my national birthday. Actually, I’ve been home to people for over 65,000 years. Errr, then I was colonies for a little while. Then my Constitution made me a country. Anything good in it? Uh, it’s just rules and laws but separation of powers is pretty cool. What’s that? Separation of powers separates the power. You’ve got the Executive. – Hello! That’s the Prime Minister and Cabinet and stuff. They come up with ideas for most of the new laws and implement them if…

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    University of Canterbury UPR submission group 13/14 commentary

    We coordinated a joint stakeholder submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of New Zealand on behalf 26 community organizations in Christchurch which focused on the human rights impacts of the devastating Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Today we would like to present to you four key points from our submission. First of all, the earthquakes constituted an unprecedented natural disaster and created major challenges for New Zealand in moving forward from these earthquakes. In addressing these challenges it is vital that New Zealand adopts a rights-based approach. Secondly, the earthquakes have exacerbated existing social inequalities in New Zealand, and thirdly the human rights impacts of the earthquakes…

  • Fashion & Free Trade: Questions about Globalism, Tariffs, and Trade
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    Fashion & Free Trade: Questions about Globalism, Tariffs, and Trade

    And the world getting smaller, I think, fashion encapsulates it more than any other industry. Cotton grown in Arizona might be spun into yarn in Pakistan, and then made into fabric in China, and sewn into apparel in Vietnam, and sold back at a retail store in Arizona. People don’t realize that fashion is truly a global industry. All around the world, there is fashion being created, and even if it is created in one of the places that we’re more familiar with and we think of as global fashion capitals, it is likely to be manufactured in many, many other places. The real-life impact here in the United States…

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    Fashion & Free Trade: Questions about Globalism, Tariffs, and Trade

    And the world getting smaller, I think, fashion encapsulates it more than any other industry. Cotton grown in Arizona might be spun into yarn in Pakistan, and then made into fabric in China, and sewn into apparel in Vietnam, and sold back at a retail store in Arizona. People don’t realize that fashion is truly a global industry. All around the world, there is fashion being created, and even if it is created in one of the places that we’re more familiar with and we think of as global fashion capitals, it is likely to be manufactured in many, many other places. The real-life impact here in the United States…

  • Legislationline.org – ODIHR´s legislative database
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    Legislationline.org – ODIHR´s legislative database

    Everyone has human rights, which can be set out, regulated or limited by legislation. If you are interested in learning about human rights-related laws in different countries or drafting a law and want to make sure that it complies with international standards, visit Legislationline.org – a unique and free online legislative database that provides direct access to thousands of documents including both domestic legislation and international standards on specific human rights and democracy issues. Created in 2002 by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Legislationline.org is used by lawmakers, researchers and representatives of civil society who are interested in human rights and their practical implementations. ODIHR provides…