The Annual Human Rights Law Award Nominations Now Open

Sydney, NSW, Australia ( July 28, 2011

The Annual Human Rights Law Award Nominations Now Open

The Annual Human Rights Law Award Nominations Now Open

The 2011 Human Rights Awards is the perfect opportunity to recognise the ways that lawyers contribute towards protecting and advancing human rights in Australia, Australian Human Rights Commission President Catherine Branson QC said today.

Ms Branson said many lawyers and legal organisations were active participants in developing better human rights protections.

“In many ways, lawyers are often the quiet achievers in the protection and promotion of human rights in Australia,” Ms Branson said.

“Like many human rights advocates, lawyers achieve change through a dogged determination, a concentrated focus and always with their eye on the bigger picture.

“The Commission’s annual Human Rights Law Award is one of the best ways we can publicly acknowledge their work in this area.”

Ms Branson said nominations were also open for the Human Rights Medal, Community Award – Individual, Community Award – Organisation, Literature (non-fiction) Award, Radio, Television and Print Media Award, and the new Business Award for a business with a proven track record in promoting and advancing human rights.

Jonathon Hunyor, Principal Legal Officer with the 2010 Law Award winner, the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Association (NAAJA), said receiving the Award was an honour.

“At NAAJA we were honoured to win a Human Rights Award and very pleased that the hard work of our staff over many years was publicly recognised,” Mr Hunyor said.

“As an Aboriginal legal service, a lot of the work we do for our clients is behind the scenes and can be very demanding. Sometimes the issues we take up in our advocacy are unpopular.

“So getting this award was a welcome chance for us to celebrate our achievements and it inspires us in our fight for the human rights of Aboriginal people in the Top End.”

Nominations close on Friday 9 September for judging, with winners to be presented with their awards at a ceremony on Friday, 9 December 2011 at the new ceremony venue, the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, in Phillip Street Sydney.

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