The United Nations has long provided a benchmark for international human rights and the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century. Bill Mitchell from Townsville Community Law and Jessica Chapman from Wotton Kearney have developed a human rights advocacy tool using the United Nations’ human rights standards as a yardstick to assess the human rights implications of proposed domestic laws and policies.
The tool outlines which international human rights norms are relevant to social security laws and policies, and how those norms can be used in a domestic advocacy setting.
Although this tool was developed as an advocacy tool for Economic Justice Australia (previously called the National Social Security Rights Network), it has potential to be adapted to any area of law reform or policy advocacy.
A copy of the current Human Rights Advocacy Tool is available here. (Word doc).