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Past talks

Kenneth Roth
RightsTalk with Kenneth Roth
Tuesday 17 April 2018

We are watched like never before. Governments, corporations and others are using new technologies to gather huge amounts of information about us. How will this unprecedented surveillance affect our human rights?
International human rights leader, Kenneth Roth, will consider this issue at a public event in Sydney. He will also discuss issues such as the global challenge of refugees and mass displacement, and the rise of populist leaders
Based in Geneva, Mr Roth is the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. Since he started as its worldwide leader in 1993, HRW has become one of the world’s leading human rights organisations, operating in more than 90 countries.
Mr Roth will be joined by Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow for a RightsTalk hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission from 5.30pm on Tuesday, 17 April 2018, followed by an audience Q&A.
This event is free and open to the public but spaces are limited. Arrive from 5pm for 5.30-6.30pm.

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RightsTalk: author Rusty Young
Tuesday 22 August 2017

Rusty Young and cover of book Columbiano

Rusty Young is the author of the international bestseller Marching Powder, the true story of an English drug smuggler in Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro Prison. Rusty, then in his 20’s, was backpacking through Bolivia when he first visited the prison on a tour. He ended up living on the inside, by choice, dodging danger and developing unlikely, life-long friendships.

Following the global success of Marching Powder, Rusty settled in Bogotá, Colombia for seven years. He was recruited by the U.S. Government to provide arms and training to Colombian SWAT teams in the fight against drug and child traffickers and other violent criminals who ruled the streets. He has a passion for human rights, particularly child rights, and strong views on how drugs laws should be changed to improve human rights outcomes around the world.

Rusty interviewed special forces soldiers, snipers, undercover intelligence agents and members of two terrorist organisations – the FARC and Autodefensas. During this time he was both shocked and touched by the stories of child soldiers he encountered and decided to incorporate these stories into a novel, Colombiano, which has just been released.

Rusty grew up in Sydney and studied Finance and Law at the University of New South Wales.

Join Rusty and AHRC President, Professor Rosalind Croucher for an hour-long discussion on Tuesday 22 August.

The event is free but numbers are limited. Please register to reserve your place.


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Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins
RightsTalk: Gender equality, women’s work and care
Thursday 2 March 2017

As part of the Commission’s International Women’s Day celebrations, please join Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins for a special International Women's Day RightsTalk on gender equality and women’s work and care.

This IWD RightsTalk will explore the recognition of unpaid care and domestic work that remains the burden of women in their gendered roles as wives, mothers and daughters in Sri Lanka, and the current dynamics in work, care and family policy in Australia.

Guest speakers:

Dr Sepali Kottegoda - Executive Director of the Women and Media Collective in Sri Lanka and Member of the Steering Committee Asia Pacific Women's Watch

Dr Elizabeth Hill - Chair of the Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney. Her research focuses on gender, work and care in both developed and emerging economies.

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RightsTalk: Creating Equality - The Role of Law in Protecting SOGII Rights
Wednesday 22 February 2017

RightsTalk: Mardi Gras event

In the lead-up to the 38th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, please join Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner, Ed Santow, and a panel of leading Australian LGBTI human rights advocates to discuss the past, present and future role of law in protecting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians.


Anna Brown - Director of Advocacy and Strategic Litigation, Human Rights Law Centre;

Morgan Carpenter - Co-Executive Director of Organisation Intersex International (OII) Australia, and;

Imam Nur Warsame - Founder of Marhaba, a social support group for LGBTIQ Muslims.


Our three panellists will draw on their personal and professional experiences to reflect on the success and limitations of past law reform initiatives, current law reform challenges, and the possible role of law into the future.

Access: The venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have any other access or support requirements, eg Auslan interpreting, live captions, please let us know:

Professor Mick Dodson, Dr Jackie Huggins, Associate Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker
RightsTalk: Predictive – Future challenges for human rights in Australia, with a particular focus on Indigenous social justice
Monday 14 November 2016

Professor Mick Dodson, Dr Jackie Huggins, Associate Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Australian Human Rights Commission the Commission is hosting two inspiring RightsTalk events.

Join Commissioner President Professor Gillian Triggs and Deputy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Robynne Quiggin at the second 30 Year Anniversary RightsTalk on Monday 14 November.

Featuring keynote address from Professor Mick Dodson and guest panellists Dr Jackie Huggins and Associate Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, our speakers will look ahead to future human rights challenges for Australia over the next 30 years with a particular focus on Indigenous social justice.

Professor Mick Dodson is Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies and Professor of Law at the at the Australian National University. Mick served as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission from 1993 to 1998. He has been a prominent advocate for land rights and issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and a vigorous advocate for the rights and interests of indigenous peoples around the world. He has held positions on national and international commissions and organisations, including the Northern Land Council, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and the United Nations Advisory Group for the Voluntary Fund for the Decade of Indigenous Peoples.

Dr Jackie Huggins is a Bidjara and Birri-Gubba Juru woman from Queensland who has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for over thirty years. Jackie is a celebrated historian and author who has documented the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout the decades.

Associate Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker is a traditional owner of Wadjuk Noongar boodja and has family connections to the Ballardong and Yued peoples in Western Australia. Cheryl is the Founding Director of Pindi Pindi Ltd Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Wellbeing and is currently a Professor of Indigenous Research Leadership at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University, Perth.

Please join us at 5pm for some light refreshments. Formalities start at 5.30pm.

The event is free but numbers are limited. Please register to reserve your place.

Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have any requirements that will assist in your full participation please contact


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