Human Rights

Human Rights are protected by the Rule of Law

The Magna Carta was the basis for contemporary human rights and established the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law principles provide the foundations for the protection and enforcement of human rights, and in turn, the principles are protected with human rights by International documents, such as the UDHR, the ICCPR and the ICESCR. 

“Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law…”

– Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    What is the relationship between the Magna Carta and Human Rights?

    This resource explores the legacy of the Magna Carta and its effect on human rights documents, tracing the evolution from the Magna Carta to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and giving an overview of the relationship between the Magna Carta and Human Rights.

      International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

      Human rights are recognised and protected in Australia through federal and state laws, policies and procedures and the overarching framework of the Constitution.  The ICCPR is an internationally significant treaty that serves as an influential guide for every Australian citizen. 

        Primary School Resources on Human Rights

        Human rights are fundamental values that can be found in a successful democratic society. Human rights form the foundations of governments that serve to protect the people. All citizens are considered equal in the eyes of the law, have access to the law which serves communities justly and without discrimination, and forms parliaments that make the law.

        World Human Rights Day is an opportunity to share with your students the importance of human rights and why they must be supported for all people across the world. These resources will help support your work in the classroom as you teach your students about the importance of supporting human rights.