Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM
The Citizen for Humanity Project was launched on Human Rights Day, 10 December, 2002, at Parliament House, Canberra at a forum hosted by Senator Marise Payne, Chair of the Joint Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Human Rights, the then Federal Attorney-General, the Hon. Daryl Williams, AM and the then Shadow Attorney-General, the Hon. Robert McClelland.
The project has four main goals:
1. To promote knowledge about Human Rights, as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related international instruments
2. To encourage an understanding of the relevance of respect for human rights to the maintenance of Australia’s democratic political institutions and inclusive multicultural society based on the rule of law;
3. To create awareness of the value of strengthening the culture of human rights in Australia;
4. To develop the capacity of all Australian citizens to take action to protect and promote their own human rights and the rights of others in their community, as well as in the world at large.
Citizen for Humanity certificates are presented to students who participate in educational activities based around the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (the fundamental global charter on Human Rights).
The front of the certificate has a preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The back of the certificate contains some of the rights and freedoms that are protected by the United Nations Declaration.
It can be used during classes to promote discussion and an awareness of the Declaration and its contents.
At the end of the programme, students participating in the project are presented with a Citizen for Humanity certificate at an assembly or special occasion.