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NLC supports the principles to promote and protect human rights of International Students

2012-10-31 00:00| Publisher: campus| Views: 1652| Comments: 0|Author: NLC National Office

Summary: NLC supports the principles to protect human rights of International Students
National Liaison Committee for International Students (NLC), the national peak body for International Students, supports the principles to promote and protect the human rights of international students.

On 4 October 2012, the Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Helen Szoke, launched the Principles to promote and protect the human rights of international students.

The implementation of these high-level, human rights-based Principles will enhance the safety and well-being of international students in Australia. The Race Discrimination Commissioner encourages all those working with international students to consider how these can be effectively adopted and implemented in the ongoing development of policies and services relating to international students.

Broadly, the Principles can be used:
as a guide for all organisations and government agencies that provide services to international students
to inform the ongoing development of policies and services relating to international students, and
to provide international students and their representative bodies with a guide on how their human rights can be better promoted and protected, to support their advocacy with governments, service providers and other agencies.

To maximise its impact, it is recommended that these Principles are referred to on an ongoing basis, as services and policies affecting international students are reviewed and developed.

On 30 October, Dr Helen SZOKE called NLC to discuss about the launch of the Principles and our national programs for the International Student Community. During the conversation, NLC confirmed with Dr SZOKE that a few landmark cases would be referred to her office on the ground of discrimination against International Students.

NLC will continuously work with Australian Human Rights Commission to promote and protect the human rights of International Students in Australia.

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