Human rights are basic and universal principles to guide the way we treat each other. They describe the requirements for each person to live a life of dignity to the fullness of their potential. Respect for human rights is needed to create a just world founded on a common humanity (Uniting Justice).
The Uniting Church’s commitment to human rights is most fully expressed in the 2006 statement, Dignity in Humanity: Recognising Christ in Every Person.
This statement commits the Church to respect and uphold human rights, and to critically evaluate government policy in light of the international human rights instruments and Australia’s human rights commitments. It encourages agencies and other groups within the church to advocate for social policy and legislative outcomes consistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations. In addition, the statement calls on the Australian Government to develop and promote human rights education and commits the Uniting Church National Assembly to promote awareness and understanding of human rights through existing and future programs (Uniting Justice).