Each were awarded for their efforts to improve the treatment of Indigenous Australians.
Presented on International Human Rights Day, the Australian Human Rights Commission presented a human rights business award to Coles for its long-running Indigenous employment program, which supports positive experiences for Indigenous staff and customers.
The joint award was shared by Maitree House Productions for its use of multimedia tools to give voice to young people, women, and Indigenous people.
The ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ Award was given to Tasmanian Students Against Racism, an effective education and advocacy group involving more than 10,000 participants. The Students Against Racism workshop has been included in University and TAFE courses.
AFL star, Adam Goodes, was a finalist for the 2015 Australian Human Rights Medal.
The prestigious medal was awarded to Peter Greste, the Australian journalist who focussed the nation’s attention on media freedom after spending 400 days in an Egyptian jail
Following his release, Mr Greste used his case as a platform to advocate for freedom of speech and a free media.
“These outstanding Australians have come from different walks of life but they share a commitment to freedom, justice and equality."
In presenting the Human Rights Medal, Professor Gillan Triggs, Australian Human Rights Commissioner, described Mr Greste as a humble and inspiring individual who fought for freedom and justice and congratulated all the winners.
“These outstanding Australians have come from different walks of life but they share a commitment to freedom, justice and equality,” Professor Triggs said.
“We honour all of our 2015 Human Rights Awards winners for their commitment to protecting and advancing human rights in Australia.
“We also acknowledge and thank all of the people and organisations who nominated for this year’s awards and who attended the presentation today.”
The Commission received an unprecedented 329 nominations for the 2015 Human Rights Awards.