|15091.||Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM||Australia||Australian Human Rights Commissioner (2000-05)|
Nazanin Afshin-Jam and Stop Child Executions Campaign greatly appreciate the humanitarian support of SCE petition by Dr. Sev Ozdowski Oam.
ABOUT DR SEV OZDOWSKI OAM
As the Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Disability Discrimination Commissioner from 2000 to 2005, Dr Ozdowksi authored the ground-breaking “National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention: A Last Resort?” The report ignited a national debate about Australia’s immigration detention policies and ultimately led to children being released from mandatory detention and a rethinking of the government’s detention policies. As Disability Discrimination Commissioner, he was instrumental in the “National Inquiry into Mental Health Services: Not for service” report, which placed mental illness on the national agenda, led to the reform of, and major budgetary increases for mental health services in Australia.
In 1984 Dr Ozdowski was awarded the Harkness Fellowship which took him to Harvard and Georgetown Universities and the University of California to work on race relations, international human rights and public administration. He also holds the academic appointment of Honorary Professor at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney and most recently was awarded an honorary doctorate from Melbourne’s RMIT University. Areas of Expertise: Human rights, multiculturalism, diversity,equity, discrimination, people with disabilities, mental health, civil society, diversity, equity, public administration, capacity building in developing countries and post communist countries, Asia-Pacific, Poland.