Thursday, 17 September 2015

Commission welcomes Charter Review recommendations that strengthen Victoria's human rights culture

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the 2015 Review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, which was tabled today in Parliament.

The Review was led by Mr Michael Brett Young with the aim of enhancing the effectiveness and operation of the Charter.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kate Jenkins said "There are a range of recommendations in the report that offer practical steps to building a human rights culture in Victoria, including by enhancing human rights education across the public sector and in the community. The report emphasises the role of the Commission in providing that education."

"There are also recommendations that will enhance the ability for people to obtain an accessible and enforceable remedy under the Charter as well as access to dispute resolution at the Commission. We think these are important reforms to ensure the Charter achieves its purpose to protect and promote human rights."

The Review is the result of eight open public forums, 60 meetings across the state and over 100 submissions made by interested individuals and organisations. The Commission had a statutory role to assist in the Review, and provided support in relation to the community consultation. The Commission provided a detailed submission to the Review.

The Commission is considering the 52 recommendations in the Report.

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