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ACU to host human rights and social justice forum

A public forum, Revitalising Human Rights and Social Justice is being hosted by Australian Catholic University together with the Independent Education Union this Thursday. Chris Sidoti, Director of the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva will present the key-note address.

Mr Sidoti has been Australian Human Rights Commissioner (1995-2000), Australian Law Reform Commissioner (1992-1995) and Foundation Director of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1987-1992).

"The University is proud to host this forum with the Independent Education Union and seeks to redress imbalances in international, cultural, personal and workplace relations," said ACU National Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Sheehan AO.

"ACU National is guided by a fundamental concern for the dignity of human beings, and the topics being explored in this forum are integrally related to this dignity," he said.

The forum and workshop will debate injustices experienced by people fleeing conflict, terror and exclusion who face punishing immigration polices; the marginalisation of Australia's first inhabitants and other cultures in a country that strives to advance towards a viable reconciled future; the negative impact of violence and abuse towards hidden victims - women and children - when attempting to create a just society; and challenges in the workplace that confront human rights issues.

The panellists have been selected from key human rights and social justice organisations and include Patrick Lee, Federal Policy Officer of the Independent Education Union; Kerry Murphy, a human rights and refugee lawyer and author of Debunking the myths about asylum seekers; Matina Mottee, a Central Sydney Regional Violence Prevention Specialist, NSW Attorney General's Department; April Pham, Senior Policy Officer, Violence Against Women Unit of NSW Attorney General's Department.

ACU National hosts human rights and social justice forum (ACU Media Release 14/1/05)

ACU National
NSW Independent Education Union
International Service for Human Rights
Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

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17 Jan 2005