The Universal Declaration of Human Rights — the first declaration of universal human rights to be made by nations in concert — turns 70 on Monday 10 December 2018.
Australia was a leader in the development of the Universal Declaration, and an Australian presided over its proclamation by the United Nations: Dr Herbert Vere Evatt, President of the General Assembly. This presidency is the highest position reached by an Australian in international affairs.
What has happened since the declaration was signed in 1948? The world has changed a great deal in 70 years, and Australia is no longer an international leader in upholding human rights, at home or abroad. The nation’s reputation as a good international citizen is contested. Can Australia be cast as an international pariah?
On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration, Gillian Triggs will address the issues in a public lecture, introduced by Elizabeth Evatt, with a vote of thanks by Tanya Plibersek.
This event was held on Sunday 9 December, 2018 at the University of Sydney.
Image: Pictured from left to right: Tanya Plibersek, Gillian Triggs, Elizabeth Evatt
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