Annual Information Statement 2019

Legal Name
The Australia Foundation In Support Of Human Rights Watch Limited

About the charity

Other names charity is known by (such as trading name)
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Human Rights Watch Australia
Charity size
Is the charity an incorporated association?
Does the charity intend to fundraise in the next reporting period?
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  • NSW fundraising number: CFN/23150
  • VIC fundraising number: 13741
Basic Religious Charity

Activities and Beneficiaries

Did the charity operate in the 2019 reporting period?
Main activity
Civic and advocacy activities
Main activities
  • Research
  • International activities
  • Other
    • Publicizing cases of human rights violations
International activities undertaken
  • Transferring funds or goods overseas
  • Operating overseas including delivering programs
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In FY19 HRWA visited Cambodia for advocacy meetings with local NGOs, trade unions, diplomats and the UN. Discussed the worsening human rights situation following the 2018 national elections including the crackdown on freedom of expression and the silencing of political opposition.

HRWA visited Indonesia to meet with government officials, human rights defenders and victims of human rights violations.

We commissioned research projects that documented human rights violations in Indonesia, Vietnam, China and India.

Met with Australian government officials to raise concerns about human rights violations in the Asia Pacific and Middle East.

We urged the Australian government to help end the Chinese government’s mass arbitrary detention of Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, and Beijing’s harassment of diaspora communities.

HRWA provided information to the public on human rights violations in a range of countries, including Myanmar,Indonesia, India, Papua New Guinea, China, Thailand, Iraq.
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
• Human Rights Watch Australia (HRWA) defends the rights of people worldwide. HRWA is an independent organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all. HRWA promotes the adoption of international law including conventions, treaties and other instruments and measures to guarantee human rights.
• We do so by researching human rights violations wherever they occur and publicizing those facts in order to prevent further abuses and protect victims. We conduct and commission accurate and first-hand research documenting patterns of abuse and we publish this information in reports, letters and other advocacy materials.
• HRWA shares this information with international and local organizations, government officials, the media and the Australian public. For instance, we honour human rights activists and defenders, we give lectures at universities, we talk with the media and hold briefings for interested officials, and we collaborate with local civil society organizations.
• Raising awareness about human rights abuse is a crucial step towards improving the behaviour of the perpetrators. Our public and private briefings are well attended, and our issues are well-covered in the press. We remind governments, armed groups, and international organizations of their obligations under international law in order to promote better enforcement of human rights law. This is what leads to lasting change to protect victims of human rights abuse and prevent further violations.
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2019 reporting period
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • Overseas / outside of Australia
  • Other Countries
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • United States
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2020 period?
Main beneficiary
General community in Australia
Other beneficiaries
  • Migrants, refugees or asylum seekers
  • People with disabilities
  • Other
    • Our work benefits the victims of human rights violations

Annual report

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Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 5
  • Part time employees: 1
  • Casual employees: 0
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 5.63
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 22

Financial Reporting

Charity's 2019 reporting period
1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019
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Type of organisation
My charity is a charitable fundraising organisation
State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted

Income and Expenses

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