NSW Premier Mike Baird has today announced nominations for the NSW Government’s 2014 Human Rights Award are now open.
Mr Baird said the NSW Human Rights Award formally acknowledges the work of an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to championing the rights of ordinary Australians.
“Many of us take for granted that we live in a society where there is a commitment to preserving freedom, fairness and the dignity of human life,” Mr Baird said.
“This award recognises those who have worked hard to improve the circumstances of others who aren’t so fortunate.
“The NSW Human Rights Award was established in memory of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of lives during the Holocaust.
“The actions of Mr Wallenberg stir the human spirit and we should recognise similar memorable acts that set an inspiring example for mankind.
“I strongly urge anyone who knows one of those quiet achievers to make the effort to put their name forward for consideration for this year’s Human Rights Award,” Mr Baird said.
Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello has commended the current NSW Human Rights Ambassador, Andrew Penfold AM, for his service.
“Mr Penfold is the state’s first Human Rights Ambassador and was recognised for his efforts in making education accessible to Aboriginal children.
“He founded the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation in 2008, providing scholarships to assist Indigenous students to attend Australia’s best schools and universities, and has set the bar high for this year’s nominees.
“Our society functions harmoniously because of the unselfish contributions of good people from all walks of life, and I look forward to seeing this year’s list of nominees.”
The Premier will present the 2014 NSW Human Rights Award at a reception at NSW Parliament on 7 August 2014. More information is available on eligibility and criteria for the Award.