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Human rights

What are human rights?

Human rights recognise the inherent value of each person, regardless of background, where we live, what we look like, what we think or what we believe.  

They are based on principles of dignity, equality and mutual respect, which are shared across cultures, religions and philosophies.  They are about being treated fairly, treating others fairly and having the ability to make genuine choices in our daily lives.

~2013, Australian Human Rights Commission

Watch the following video from the Human Rights Action Center to find out more about Human Rights.

Video Length: 3 minutes 32 seconds

Library resources

Collection spotlight - OECD iLibrary

The OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).


  • Contains over 11,000 ebooks, 7000 articles and 35000 datasets from the OECD.
  • Includes content published by the International Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and International Transport Forum (ITF).
  • Around 300 new titles published each year.


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  • Statistical data and tables can be accessed in any available format: PDF, WEB, XLS, DATA. ePUB, READ.



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