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Human Rights Week

International Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Every year in December we recognise and celebrate this day through a week of events, connection, and advocacy. We’ve hosted an annual Oration for over twenty years, highlighting human rights issues as they apply to the everyday lives of Victorians.


During Human Rights Week, we invite all Victorians to engage in activities and start and continue conversations about human rights.

Pledge to make rights real

Today's action

How much do you know about children and young people’s rights in Victoria?

To do now (5 minutes)

Watch our Instagram stories to test how much you know about children and young people’s rights in Victoria.

They’ll also be available on Facebook and Twitter.

To do this week

  • READ more about the Raise the Age Campaign: Children as young as 10 can arrested and put in youth prisons (5 minutes)
  • LEARN about the 42 rights in the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (10 minutes)
  • EXPLORE Victoria’s new Child Safe Standards (15 minutes) and the:
    • organisational responsibilities to empower children and young people about their rights diverse and unique identities
    • focus on the experiences of Aboriginal children and young people, ensuring they are respected and valued.

Today’s action was brought to you by the Commission for Children and Young People.

2021: A week of action for human rights

Human rights across Victoria

To deliver this year’s week of action, we’re partnering with these Commissions as we all share a vision for a fairer, more inclusive, and respectful Victoria:


These resources can be used by those promoting Human Rights Week or for individuals signed up for the week of action.

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Previous events

2020: Rights in recovery

Victorians reflected on the lessons from the year that was, and explore how a human rights led recovery could help us create a more equal, sustainable and resilient future.


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The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Australians and recognises their culture, history, diversity and deep connection to the land.

We acknowledge that the Commission is on the land of the Kulin Nation and pay our respects to Elders past and present.