Sunday 15 October 2017

Can human rights unite people of faith, agnostics and atheists? 
We have the honour and pleasure of the Australian Human Rights Commissioner Ed Santow presenting to Sydney Atheists, attempting to answer a very difficult question. With the animosity shown to us by people of faith, his response will be illuminating.

Ed Santow

Edward Santow commenced his five-year term as Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission in August 2016.
Prior to joining the Commission, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education.
Ed was previously a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School and a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. His areas of expertise include human rights, administrative and constitutional law, discrimination and freedom of information.
As Human Rights Commissioner, Ed leads the Commission’s work on marriage equality and other human rights issues affecting LGBTI Australians. Ed also leads the Commission’s work on the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) and he has primary responsibility for the Commission’s work on freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of religion.
Ed is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Australia Pro Bono Centre. In 2009, Ed was presented with an Australian Leadership Award, and in 2017, he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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Our talk events are held 7.00pm at the Function Room at Club Redfern:
2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St

NB Khalid Almulhim has replaced Thomas Kraemer as our Public Relations officer
The committee now consists of Steve Marton, Jessica Nissan, Caroline Wykamp, Semih Ilhan, Mohamed Farahat, Mike Beecham and Khalid