“The struggle for peace - and its partner justice - is universal and has occupied the centre of our music and activism for decades now."
Aussie rockers Midnight Oil will receive a prestigious human rights awards next at a special Sydney event.
Sydney Peace Foundation has announced that the ‘Australian human rights trailblazers’ will be awarded its Gold Medal for Human Rights on November 26 for their ongoing commitment to “environmental activism, their humanity and their drive to promote justice through both their music and their actions”.
“The Gold Medal for Human Rights is an occasional Award given to those who show commitment to the pursuit of human rights over an extended period - and with a powerful, far-reaching impact,” Sydney Peace Foundation Chair Archie Law said.
“The Sydney Peace Foundation is delighted to announce Midnight Oil as the first band to win the Medal that has also been conferred on the likes of Nelson Mandela, co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Stéphane Hessel, and former UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres.”
Peter Garrett added: “The struggle for peace - and its partner justice - is universal and has occupied the centre of our music and activism for decades now.
“Today real peace means reaching a lasting settlement with the First Nations people of this country and includes taking immediate action to protect our seriously threatened environment for once and for all.”
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The live-streamed event next month will feature Garrett, Martin Rotsey, Jim Moginie and Rob Hirst in conversation as well as a performance from Jessica Mauboy.
For more details, head to the Sydney Peace Foundation website.