The UN High Commissioner For Human Rights, HE Excellency Navi Pillay, will be the guest of honour at a major public event to be hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney on Monday, May 23.

Commission President Catherine Branson QC said Human Rights 2011 will be one of the High Commissioner’s only public events during her official Australian visit.

“Those interested in human rights issues will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from leading human rights advocates in a lively and interactive panel discussion involving the High Commissioner and prominent and well-respected Australians such as the father of reconciliation, Patrick Dodson, and Director of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc, Paris Aristotle,” Branson said.

“Discussion will focus on major human rights issues in Australia, including constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, asylum seeker policy, and international human rights issues.”

Human Rights 2011 will also include a special performance by the Bangarra Dance Theatre.

The free public event will be held at the Sydney Town Hall on Monday, May 23 from 5pm.

Those wanting to attend also have the opportunity to ask a question of the High Commissioner or the Panel via the Australian Human Rights Commission’s website.

Details of the event can be located HERE.

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