National Indigenous Human Rights Awards

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Anthony Mundine (centre) at the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards, Sydney, 2015.

The National Indigenous Human Rights Awards is an annual Australian awards ceremony that recognises the contribution of Indigenous Australians to human rights and social justice.[1] It is the first national Australian award ceremony dedicated solely to Indigenous human rights achievements.[2]

Award categories

There are three categories of awards:

  • The Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights
  • The Eddie Mabo Award for Social Justice
  • Anthony Mundine Award for Courage

2014 awards

The inaugural National Indigenous Human Rights Awards were held on 24 June at Parliament House, Sydney. Indigenous leaders from all over Australia travelled to Sydney for the event.[3] The ceremony was emceed by Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Linda Burney, with a keynote speech by Yalmay Yunupingu.[4] The presenters of the awards were Yalmay Yunupingu, the partner of the late Dr Yunupingu, founder and lead singer of Yothu Yindi, and Gail Mabo, daughter of the late Eddie Mabo, and world champion boxer Anthony Mundine.[5] The awards were founded by NSW Labor Parliamentarian, Shaoquett Moselmane.

The inaugural recipient of the Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights was Rosalie Kunoth-Monks.

The inaugural recipient of the Eddie Mabo Award for Social Justice was family of the late Eddie Murray.

The inaugural recipient of the Anthony Mundine Award for Courage was Barbara McGrady.

2015 awards

Jenny Munro holding her award at the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards

The 2015 awards were emceed by SBS journalist and Arrernte woman Karla Grant. The keynote speech was delivered by Narungga Elder Tauto Sansbury.[6]

The recipient of the Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights was Tauto Sansbury.

The recipient of the Eddie Mabo Award for Social Justice was Jenny Munro.

The recipient of the Anthony Mundine Award for Courage was Adam Goodes.

References

  1. "Aboriginal Deaths in Custody". Hansard. Government of New South Wales. 18 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "The birth of the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards". National Indigenous Times. Lismore. 9 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Leaders and elders gather for human rights awards". SBS World News. Special Broadcasting Service. 25 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Conimos, Anna (9 July 2014). "Future Ancients". Neos Kosmos.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. http://thestringer.com.au/national-indigenous-human-rights-awards-10836#.Viq4xbcrKyY/TheStringer/September 2015
  6. http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/549178435681/NITV-News-Leaders-converge-for-National-Indigenous/NITV News/October 2015