Human rights are an important part of our lives. In fact, they are so much a part of everyday living that we can often take them for granted.

Consider how often you drink clean water; eat food; go to school; say or write what you think; get treated by a doctor; practice a religion (or not); or expect to be treated fairly by others.

All of these everyday activities depend on the adequate protection of your human rights, as well as those of others.

Promoting and protecting human rights is everyone’s responsibility. Here are some ways that you can find out more about human rights and get involved!


Get Informed

 Want to know more about human rights - like what are they and where do they come from? In this section, find out about the history of human rights and why they are important to us today.

Get Involved 

Looking for ideas on how to promote and protect human rights? Find out what you can do to stand up for human rights in your local community and beyond!

Get Help

Need to talk to someone about a problem or issue you are facing? Get information about who you can talk to here.

If you’re looking for more things to do, check out some of our other websites:

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Magna Carta: Story of Our Freedom

What does an ancient document, written on a piece of dried animal skin over 800 years ago, have anything to do with the human rights and freedoms we enjoy today?

Magna Carta (the Great Charter) is an important historical document that has shaped the human rights and freedoms of all Australians. In particular, Magna Carta helped promote ideas of freedom, justice and the rule of law, principles which have become key parts of Australian democracy.

Find out the full story by watching the animation and exploring the interactive story on the Magna Carta: Story of Our Freedom website.

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Choose Your Own Statistics

Ever wondered about the story behind the statistics? Choose Your Own Statistics is an interactive website that lets you find out what the numbers mean and see where you fit in the big picture.

Choose Your Own Statistics was created by the Australian Human Rights Commission and ABC Splash to help you find out more about important human rights issues in Australian society, through statistics.

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BackMeUp 2013

BackMeUp was a video competition for students aimed at taking action on cyberbullying. To get involved, all you had to do was make a short video (no more than 2 minutes) about how you could help someone who is being cyber-bullied.  See the great videos!
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What you say matters

Did you know that 89% of Australians aged 13-17 told us that they had experienced racism or seen it happen to someone else? That’s not cool! We want to see an Australia where everyone is treated with respect, no matter what their skin colour, background or culture. Do you?

Check out the What you say matters webpage and video on the Racism it stops with me website to learn more about racism and how to fight it here.

Teenage girl from What You Say Matters video

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