Australian Centre for Human Rights Education
The Australian Centre for Human Rights Education (ACHRE) is the product of
collaboration between The National Committee on Human Rights Education (NCHRE) and RMIT University (RMIT). It has received foundation funding and
support from NCHRE and RMIT for two years
The NCHRE was the result of decisions of State and Federal Attorneys General
in response to the United National Decade of Human Rights Education
(1995-2004) and is recognized as a United Nations National Human Rights Committee.
At their core human rights are about basic values we all share and wish to live by.
Human Rights declarations and charters provide standards against which
actions can be measured, against which our usual practices can be checked
to ensure that people are treated fairly and their rights as citizens are respected.
The aim of human rights education must be directed towards building "a culture of human rights", building
a culture that proudly, strenuously and publicly supports human rights and condemns abuses, that enables all people
to flourish, not just some.
The new Federal Government, in its policy platform for the recent federal election has promised to do likewise.
It has promised to;
"work towards recognising and respecting the human rights of all Australians...(to) cooperate with the
States and Territories to ensure that comprehensive and consistent human rights protection and enforcement
mechanisms are available to all Australians...initiate a public inquiry about how to best recognise and protect
the human rights and freedoms enjoyed by all Australians...establish a process of consultation which will
ensure that all Australians will be given the chance to have their say on this important question for our democracy"
(ALP National Platform and Constitution).
We must ensure that this promise is kept.
Centre for Human Rights Education