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Human Rights Day 2013

In 2013, Human Rights Day commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights in 1993. The Declaration calls attention to the promotion and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the rights of women, children, persons with disability, persons belonging to minority groups, migrant workers, and indigenous people.

It also states:

The speedy and comprehensive elimination of all forms of racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance is a priority task for the international community. Governments should take effective measures to prevent and combat them. Groups, institutions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and individuals are urged to intensify their efforts in cooperating and coordinating their activities against these evils.

The South Australian Government will reaffirm its commitment to the elimination of racism this World Human Rights Day, as the first State Government to support the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism. It Stops With Me campaign.

The Racism. It Stops With Me campaign invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism wherever it happens. The campaign is driven in South Australia by the Equal Opportunity Commission and forms part of the State Government’s strategic priority, Safe Communities, Healthy Neighbourhoods.

So far, almost 200 organisations and 1,000 individuals across Australia have pledged support for the campaign.

For more information about the campaign and how to get involved, go to: http://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au/.

If you feel like you have been discriminated against because of your race, or would like more information about how to ensure that your business is discrimination and harassment-free, please browse our website or call us on 8207 1977.

Anne Gale
Commissioner for Equal Opportunity