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Former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia
Michael Kirby is an international jurist, educator and former judge. He served as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission (1975-83); Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84); Judge of the Federal Court of Australia (1983-4); President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (1984-96); President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands (1995-96) and Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996-2009).
He has undertaken many international activities for the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the OECD and the Global Fund Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He has also worked in civil society, being elected President of the International Commission of Jurists (1995-8). His recent international activities have included member of the Eminent Persons Group on the Future of the Commonwealth of Nations (2010-11); Commissioner of the UNDP Global Commission on HIV and the Law (2011-12); Chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry on DPRK (North Korea) (2013-14); and Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Access to Essential Healthcare (2015-16). He is also heavily engaged in international arbitrations; domestic mediations; and teaching law.
He is Honorary Professor at 12 Australian and overseas universities.
In 1990 he was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal. In 1998, he was named Laurette of the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education. In 2010 he was named co-winner of the Gruber Justice Prize. In 2011 he received the inaugural Australian Privacy Medal. The honorary degrees of Doctor of Letters, Doctor of Laws and Doctor of the University have been conferred on him by universities in Australia and overseas. He lives in Sydney with his partner since 1969, Johan van Vloten.
National Director of Amnesty International – Australia
Claire has been National Director since 2007 and has over 30 years of experience in rights-based work and the not-for-profit sector. Previous roles include International Partnerships Director at Cancer Research UK, Head of Fundraising at the UK’s Scope and Director of Marketing and Fundraising for Greenpeace Australia/Pacific.
Claire is a member of Amnesty’s Global Management Team.
Human Rights Campaigner in Hong Kong
Joshua Wong was born in British Hong Kong on 13 October 1996, and was diagnosed with dyslexia soon thereafter. The son of middle-class couple Grace and Roger Wong, Joshua was raised as a Protestant Christian.
His social awareness stems from his father, who often took him, as a child, to visit the underprivileged. Wong Senior is well-known in Hong Kong as an anti-LGBT-rights activist.
Wong studied at the United Christian College (Kowloon East), and developed organisational and speaking skills through involvement in church groups. The 2010 anti-high speed rail protests were the first political protests in which he took part.
On 29 May 2011, Wong and schoolmate Ivan Lam established Scholarism, a student activist group. The group began with simple means of protest, such as the distribution of leaflets against the newly-announced moral and national education (MNE).
In time, however, Wong’s group grew in both size and influence, and in 2012 managed to organise a political rally attended by over 100,000 people. Wong received widespread attention as the group’s convenor.
On 27 September 2014, Wong was one of the 78 people arrested by the police during a massive pro-democracy protest, after hundreds of students stormed Civic Square in front of the Central Government Complex as a sign of protest against Beijing’s decision on the 2014 Hong Kong electoral reform. However, unlike most of those arrested who were freed soon afterwards, Wong remained in custody for 46 hours, until his lawyers moved a writ of habeas corpus.
VINCENT NGUYỄN VĂN LONG
Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta
Father Long is a Vietnamese Australian Roman Catholic bishop. He was appointed the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta, Australia, by Pope Francis on 5 May 2016.
Vincent Long fled communist rule of Vietnam by boat and first landed in Malaysia where he spent more than a year in a refugee camp. He came to Australia with his family in the early 1980s, and soon after entered the priesthood.
For the past several years he has worked as the Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne and recently was appointed the fourth Bishop of Parramatta by Pope Francis. Bishop Vincent said one of his priorities would be helping young people avoid Islamic radicalization.
To come: Representatives of many social and political groups
who had fought for human rights in Vietnam
Details of other speakers will be added once confirmation is finalised.