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Anti-Discrimination Commission Becomes Human Rights Commission

Anti-Discrimination Commission becomes Human Rights Commission

The Anti-Discrimination Commission of Queensland will become the Queensland Human Rights Commission next month.

The move comes as a result of the state government passing the Human Rights Act in February.

The ADCQ is taking on a new name and a new look, including a new logo and new online contacts and resources.

The current role of the ADCQ in handling sexual harassment and discrimination complaints will continue after the change.

However, in the new year, it will additionally take on responsibilities under the Human Rights Act.

Anti-Discrimination Commission and new protected rights

The newly-minted Human Rights Act offers 23 new protections and rights for people.

As a result, parliament must now consider those rights before passing laws.

The new Human Rights Commission will continue to handle sexual harassment and discrimination complaints in addition to handling complaints under the new Human Rights Act 2019.

Protected rights

The new Human Rights Act protects 23 rights.

For example:

  • recognition and equality before the law
  • right to life
  • protection from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • freedom from forced work
  • freedom of movement
  • peaceful assembly and freedom of association
  • freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief
  • freedom of expression
  • taking part in public life
  • property rights
  • privacy and reputation
  • protection of families and children
  • cultural rights – generally
  • cultural rights – Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • right to liberty and security of person
  • humane treatment when deprived of liberty
  • fair hearing
  • rights in criminal proceedings
  • children in the criminal process
  • right not to be tried or punished more than once
  • retrospective criminal laws
  • right to education
  • right to health services

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