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2013 Human Rights Awards Celebrated Tonight

Australia’s most inspiring human rights advocates will be celebrated tonight at the 2013 Human Rights Awards.

From a record number of nominations, the Australian Human Rights Commission has selected 40 finalists for 10 awards.

The four finalists for this year’s Human Rights Medal are Gurruwun (Yalmay) Yunupingu, who has long campaigned for Yolgnu children to have a bilingual education; Richard Frankland, a Gunditjmara man who is also a musician, screenwriter, director and trainer; Sister Clare Condon, who leads the Sisters of the Good Samaritan; and Pastor Graham Long from The Wayside Chapel in Sydney.

Five talented and inspirational young Australians are also shortlisted for the 2013 Young People’s Human Rights Medal.

Other awards presented tonight include the Law Award, the Business Award, the Community Organisation Award, and the Community Individual Award.

Non-fiction literature, print and online media, TV, and radio journalists will also be recognised for their contributions to protecting and advancing human rights.

Ian Thorpe, who won the 2012 Medal for his work with Indigenous children, will be on hand to congratulate this year’s winner. Joining him on stage will be The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel as MC, and Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs.  The event marks International Human Rights Day.

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