A charter of rights for Tasmania

7 Nov 2007

Following extensive community consultations and careful consideration the Institute recommends that a Charter of Human Rights be enacted to enhance human rights protection in Tasmania. The Institute received 407 submissions from individual citizens and organizations. This is the largest number of original submissions received on any project undertaken to date by the Institute. The majority of submissions received (94.1%) supported the enactment of a Charter of Human Rights.

The Institute considers that a Charter of Rights will provide a single, comprehensible statement of the fundamental rights applicable in Tasmania, foster community awareness of human rights and encourage the systematic development and observance across all arms of government of processes responsive to human rights. The Report contains 23 recommendations, including recommendations that:

• economic, social and cultural rights be included in the Charter as well as civil and political rights;

• the Charter only bind 'public authorities';

• the Charter contain specific enforcement provisions;

• the most appropriate form for a Tasmanian Charter would be an ordinary piece of legislation.

While the Institute acknowledges that a Charter of Rights will not be a solution for all human rights problems or prevent social inequality and injustice in Tasmania, the Charter aims to develop a human rights conscious culture within the Tasmania.

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