Human Rights Oration

The Human Rights Oration is an annual event hosted by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to recognise International Human Rights Day.

The Oration aims to highlight human rights issues as they apply to the everyday lives of citizens. Each year we invite prominent speakers in different fields to present their perspective on human rights.

2016 Human Rights Oration

Graeme Innes AO presented the 2016 Human Rights Oration on 7 December. Click for more information on the event, including a transcript of the keynote speech and photos.

Previous speakers

• Mr Xanana Gusmão
• Mr Eric Vadarlis
• Ms Lowitja O’Donohue
• Dr Rhonda Galbally AO
• Mr Andrew Demetriou
• Mr Julian Burnside QC
• Dr Anne Summers AO
• Mr Dan Adams
• Ms Muriel Bamblett
• Mr David Marr
• Mr Bernard Salt
Mr Ron Merkel QC
Mr Geoffrey Robertson QC
Professor Gillian Triggs


Video, audio and speech transcripts of the oration's previous keynote speakers are available below.

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