Human rights

Human rights are about promoting and protecting the values of respect, dignity and equality for every person, irrespective of their race, sex, religion, impairment, political belief, sexuality, age or any other characteristic.

Human rights standards are recognised in international law. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the best known international statement about human rights.

The concepts of equality, non-discrimination and participation underpin human rights legislation.

The Queensland government has responsibilities for human rights and in 1991 the Queensland Parliament enacted the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991.

The aim of the Act is to promote equality of opportunity for everyone by protecting them from unfair discrimination in certain areas of activity and from sexual harassment and certain associated objectionable conduct. The principles contained in the Anti-Discrimination Act are derived from international human rights treaties.

The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland promotes and protects human rights through its work including: