Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group

Promoting the understanding of, and respect for human rights


Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)

International Covenant On Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966)

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965)

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1975)

Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979)

Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006)

* You can access the texts of these treaties by googling the names.


Commonwealth human rights legislation and organisations:

Zifcak Draft for a National Human Rights Act

National Human Rights Consultation (Brennan Report). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia, 2009

Williams, George. A Charter of Rights for Australia. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2007.

Australian Human Rights Commission

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR)

Victorian human rights legislation and organisations

Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Law Resource Centre

Castan Centre



Cassidy, Sheila. Audacity to Believe. London: Collins, 1977.

Funder, Anna. Stasiland. Melbourne: The Text Publishing Co, 2003.

Gaita, Raimond. 'Breach of Trust: Truth, Morality and Politics' in Quarterly Essay Issue 16, 2004.

McCoy, Alfred W. A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation from the Cold War to the War on Terror. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006.

Otterman, Michael. American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond. Melbourne: MUP, 2007.

Robertson, Geoffrey. Crimes against Humanity. Camberwell: Penguin Books, 2006.

Roth, Kenneth and Minky Worden (eds). Torture: Does It Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK? New York: The New Press and Human Rights Watch, 2005.


Aboriginal affairs:

Altman, Jon and Melinda Hinkson, eds. Coercive Reconciliation: Stabilise, Normalise, Exit Aboriginal Culture. Melbourne: Arena Publications Association, 2007.

Broome, Richard. Aboriginal Victorians: A History since 1800. Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2005.

Coombs, H.C. Aboriginal Autonomy. Ed. Diane Smith. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Clendinnen, Inga. True Stories: History, Politics, Aboriginality. Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2008.

Davis, Jack, Stephen Muecke, Mudrooroo Narogin and Adam Shoemaker (eds). Paperbark: A Collection of Black Australian Writings. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1990.

Flagg, Simon and Sebastian Gurciullo. Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper. Canberra: National Archives of Australia and Public Record Office Victoria, 2008.

Kenny, Robert. The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World. Melbourne: Scribe Publications, 2007.

Pearson, Noel. Up from the Mission: Selected Writings. Melbourne: Black Inc, 2009.

Stanner, W.E.H. The Dreaming and Other Essays. Melbourne: Black Inc, 2009.


Refugees, asylum seekers and immigration:

This list is of my reading, mainly from Frankston or Mornington public libraries. It doesn’t include everything: for more, search Refugees and Asylum under the Subject heading of library catalogues. For a list of all Aust. library holdings see the National Library website Feedback welcome to Kevin Bain.





Coady, Tony and Michael O'Keefe. Righteous Violence: the Ethics and Politics of Military Intervention. Melbourne: MUP, 2005.

Eno, Briam et al. Not One More Death. London: Verso, 2006.

Kurlansky, Mark. Non-Violence: The History of a Dangerous Idea. London: Jonathan Cape, 2006.

Weissman, Fabrice (ed). In the Shadow of 'Just Wars': Violence, Politics and Humanitarian Action. London: Hurst & Company and Médecins Sans Frontières, 2004.