Last October we gathered together human rights defenders, experts, and commentators alongside Amnesty supporters, people from the NGO sector and interested members of the public at our 2011 Human Rights Conference. Our goal was to discuss and explore some of the pressing human rights issues we face here today in Australia and across the globe - as well as looking forward to the areas of growing importance in the future.

If you were unable to join us for those three incredibly inspiring days, we've our main sessions up on our YouTube channel to watch at your leisure.

Salil Shetty: Future directions in human rights

Salil Shetty - Secretary General Amnesty International - speaks at Amnesty International Australia's 2011 Human Rights Conference on "Future directions in human rights: what does the 21st century hold?".


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Widney Brown: Human rights challenges and opportunities in our region

Widney Brown - Senior Director of International Law and Policy, International Secretariat Amnesty International - speaks at Amnesty International Australia's 2011 Human Rights Conference on "The various human rights challenges and opportunities in our region"


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Panel discussion: Challenges and opportunities for human rights in the 21st century

A panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities for human rights in the 21st century.

Panel members include Professor George Williams AO (Anthony Mason Professor and Foundation Director of the Gilbert and Tobin Centre of Public law at UNSW and Constitutional Lawyer), Graeme Innes AM (Disability Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission), Stephen Keim SC (Barrister and President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights) and Widney Brown (Senior Director of International Law and Policy, International Secretariat Amnesty International). Chaired by Claire Mallinson (National Director of Amnesty International Australia).


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Julian Burnside: Human rights, the law, and refugees

Julian Burnside AO QC - Barrister, human rights and refugee advocate - speaks at Amnesty International Australia's 2011 Human Rights Conference on "Human rights, the law, and refugees". With a renowned background working through the law to protect the rights of refugees, Julian Burnside will provide a unique insight into using the law to achieve change.


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Media panel: Has the media turned its back on human rights?

A media panel debate and discussion the role of media in the promotion, protection and defence of human rights.

Speakers include Sophie Black (writer, journalist and editor of Crikey), Hugh Riminton (Channel TEN's national political editor), Mark Dodd (The Australian's Canberra based defence/foreign affairs writer), Michael Ware (former correspondent for Time Magazine and CNN). Moderated by Jeff Waters (senior ABC Journalist and author).


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Panel discussion: Indigenous rights and a sustainable future for homelands

A panel discussion on Indigenous Peoples' rights and a sustainable future for homelands. The panel analyses the abandonment of Aboriginal communities on ancestral land in the Northern Territory, and the government's policy of effectively forcing people into larger towns and cities.

Speakers include Professor Jon Altman (ARC Australian Professorial Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research), Mrs Yanaymul Mununggurr (CEO of the Laynhapuy Homelands Association), Dr Sean Kerins (Research Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research), Mr Jack Green (Senior Cultural Advisor, Waanyi/Gawara Ranger Program) and Andrew Erueti (Advisor on Indigenous Rights to the International Secretariat of Amnesty International). Moderated by Kyle Turner.


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Rebiya Kadeer: Working for the rights of Uyghurs in China

Rebiya Kadeer, President of the World Uyghur Congress, tells how Amnesty International saved her life and discusses her ongoing struggling for the rights of Uyghurs in China.


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Les Malezer: Indigenous issues on the international and domestic stage

Les Malezer - Co-chair elect of National Congress of Australia's First Peoples - speaks at Amnesty International Australia's 2011 Human Rights Conference on "Indigenous issues on the international and domestic stage".


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