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Human Rights Day 2011

Protecting human rights - your right to be heard in South Australia

Rights Protection agencies in South Australia are raising awareness of their services in the lead up to Human Rights Day, Saturday 10 December 2011.

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) recognises the inherent rights we all have to dignity and equality, including the right:

  • to equality before the law
  • to participate fully in community life
  • to freedom of thought and religion
  • to fair work conditions and
  • to a decent standard of living.

Independent rights protection agencies are reminding all South Australians about their right to be heard when speaking up and making a complaint.

The Equal Opportunity Commissioner says people have a right to participate in all areas of public life. “Unlawful discrimination is an attack on human rights and has no place in our society,” says Acting Commissioner Anne Burgess.

The Commissioner for Victims’ Rights says victims of crime are entitled to access to justice and fair treatment, yet too often victims’ rights are overlooked. “Victims’ rights, as human rights, are integral to justice,” says Michael O’Connell.

The Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner, Leena Sudano, says only four percent of people who want to complain speak up.

Sometimes an action by a state government department or a local council may infringe a human right. The Ombudsman can investigate complaints about this.

Joint Media Release from:

Equal Opportunity Commission SA

Office of the Employee Ombudsman

The South Australian Ombudsman

Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner

Office of the Public Advocate

Commissioner for Victim's Rights

Public Trustee

Office of the WorkCover Ombudsman

To find out more about South Australia's Rights Protection agencies, download the Your Right to be Heard brochure below.

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