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Annual Human Rights Dinners 2017

The Annual Human Rights Dinners bring together friends, colleagues and supporters from across the human rights, justice and philanthropic sectors to celebrate human rights progress and energise the movement to tackle upcoming challenges. They are also important fundraisers for the Human Rights Law Centre.

We're thrilled to announce our 2017 Dinners raised over $100,000.

A great night was had in Melbourne on May 19 and in Sydney on May 26 with rooms full of human rights defenders.

Dinner Speeches

You can read Kirstie Parker's keynote address here.

Our Executive Director's speech can be read here.

Read Professor Andrea Durbach's speech here.


Kirstie Parker is the CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in the Sydney suburb of Redfern. A Yuwallarai woman from northern NSW, Kirstie’s previous roles include Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and Editor of the 100% Aboriginal owned and controlled newspaper, the Koori Mail. Kirstie is currently a Director of Reconciliation Australia, and a board member of the Indigenous Remote Communications Association.

Kirstie’s work has been widely acknowledged with an Australian Peacewoman Award in 2015, she was also honoured as a finalist in the 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards and named in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2012.


Professor Andrea Durbach is the Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre and a Professor of Law at UNSW. Born and educated in apartheid South Africa, Andrea practised as a political trial lawyer and human rights advocate, representing victims and opponents of apartheid laws. In Australia, Andrea is a prominent public interest lawyer and spent 13 years at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, including 7 years as Director. Andrea was appointed part-time Deputy Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2011-2012. She is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and was a member of the board of the NSW Legal Aid Commission from 2006-2016.

In 2013, Andrea was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Law Award for her promotion and advancement of human rights in Australia through the practice of law.

Sydney MC - Alex Lee

Melbourne MC - Tom Ballard

We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a great night!

Big thanks to our sponsors:

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