This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration – a landmark document for the promotion and protection of human rights. These anniversaries come at a time defined by a global backlash against human rights which has put the vision of these agreements in grave danger.
The universality of human rights is being dismissed; minorities and those who are least able to protect their rights are under attack, being threatened or scapegoated; and in many countries, human rights are being characterised as a threat to the state and human rights defenders are being targeted.
As Australia takes its seat as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, how can we advance and realise universal human rights? In this timely period, this year’s ACFID national conference will ask how the Australian international development and humanitarian sector can apply human rights in the light of contemporary challenges.
Conference delegates will be hearing from agents of social change, and will explore the intersections between international development, humanitarian assistance and human rights. We encourage you to attend and join leading minds to be exposed to big ideas, deep philosophies and innovative practice.
Visit conference.acfid.asn.au to register and follow the conference using #ACFID2018.