Human Rights Month
Human Rights Month is an annual campaign run by the Queensland Human Rights Commission to highlight the importance of protecting and promoting human rights.
The campaign is now in its fifth year, and there is plenty to celebrate in Human Rights Month 2019!
As of 1 January 2020 Queensland will have the strongest legislated human rights protections in Australia, when the second stage of the Human Rights Act 2019 is expected to come into effect. It’s also the first Human Rights Month the Commission is running under their new name, having relaunched as the QHRC in July this year.
The Act places obligations on public entities – state and local governments, the Queensland public sector, some community organisations, and state schools and hospitals – to act and make decisions in accordance with the rights protected by the Act. These obligations apply in direct service provision through to policy making and how they handle complaints.
Under the Act, Parliament also needs to consider human rights when making or changing legislation, and the judiciary has to interpret laws, as far as they are able, in line with the Act.
Human Rights Month 2019 offers the opportunity to find out what the Act means for you, your community, your work, and your state. It’s also a great way to acknowledge how the Act will strengthen the role of the Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009 play in advancing human rights in Queensland.