Australian Human Rights Commission is an organisation in which targets protecting and promoting human rights all around Australia. Their mission is to make human rights values a necessity and a main part of everyday life, empowering all people to understand and exercise their human rights, and working with many other organisations, individuals, communities, and those affected. I believe that this organisation is a good representation of how Australia’s are doing their bit in order to help the less fortunate. Human rights have become an international issue; therefore it is the same for everyone; male and female, young and old, rich and poor, regardless of our background, where we live, what we think or what we believe. In this essay I will analyse and investigate the campaign ‘Social justice and human rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ in order to explain the relevance of social justice within is this campaign. Social justice and human rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, is a campaign is targeting human rights as their social justice issue, about reassuring all Australians - Indigenous and non-Indigenous – have choices about how they live and the means to make those decisions. This campaign creates awareness and makes recommendations about human rights issues facing Indigenous Australians. They make recommendations to the government, and other programs and laws to help the Indigenous Australians live as all Australian’s, and enjoy their rights. Australia has anti-discrimination laws that require you to be treated fairly in certain circumstances not depending on f your age, gender, sexuality, ethnic background, disability or religion. Human rights are how they are respected for is reflected by how it helps build stronger communities, based on equality and tolerance. This campaign in particular intends to create awareness to all Australian’s that everyone has the same rights. In general this campaign is aimed at those Indigenous Australians living without all these beneficial rights, in order to build stronger communities and a more equality country. The potential outcome for this campaign in the ongoing years would be to promote an Indigenous perspective on different issues, build support and understanding for the Indigenous people and authorize their rights as an Australian. In order to make these goals to emerge, great action is needed to be taken. This is why this campaign has been doing many beneficial, educational and helpful deeds to influence the rest of Australian’s, the government and the communities and individuals concerned. In 1991 the formal reconciliation process started, establishing the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. Over ten years later the Council presented the federal Government with Reconciliation and future goals to Parliament, with an expansive range of practical and symbolic steps that are needed to be taken. This is helping the government getting involved, for it to become a priority and more well known. Many years down the track, this campaign strives to make Australian recognise and live in an equality country.
In the 1991 Census, some 265,000 people identified themselves as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin. This represents just over 1.5 per cent of the total Australian population (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2009). Using this information it is evident that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin ratio is very low, they do although play an important role in today’s society, in which they should receive, the full potential rights they deserve. Rights are not self-justifying. They mark out certain crucial interests or capacities of individuals or communities, which deserves special kinds of moral and legal attention. This is where the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders are poorly disadvantaged. The following picture shows statistics of an example of these certain people are being disadvantaged.
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