There are 8 UN documents that protect people’s rights in Australia.
These are called:
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
This Convention says that Australia will:
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
This Convention says that all women should have the same rights as men in all areas of life.
Convention the Rights of the Child
This Convention protects the rights of children.
It supports the right for children to have their say and share their ideas.
International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination
This Convention protects you from discrimination because of:
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
This Covenant protects your right to vote in elections that help choose who is part of Australia’s government.
It also protects your right to speak up about issues you care about.
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
This Covenant protects your right to:
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment
This Convention protects you from torture.
Torture is when someone who has power over you does something to cause you a lot of pain.
This could be:
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIP)
The DRIP applies to Indigenous peoples all around the world.
This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.
The DRIP says that Indigenous peoples have the right to their own: