Sister Clare Condon, leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, has been nominated for a human rights award for her work providing hope to domestic violence victims.
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A record number of nominations have been received for the 2013 Human Rights Awards, to be held in Sydney tonight. The Australian Human Rights Commission has selected 40 finalists for 10 awards, including the human rights medal, media awards and the young human rights medal.
Among the finalists for the major gong is Pastor Graham Long from The Wayside Chapel.
The programs Mr Long has implemented through the Sydney-based chapel help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, at risk youth and Australians dealing with mental illness.
Gurruwun (Yalmay) Yunupingu is nominated for her fight to see Yolgnu children have a bilingual education. Musician and director Richard Frankland is also a finalist for his work with the Aboriginal community.
Australian Human Rights Commissioner Professor Gillian Triggs said the awards celebrated individuals and groups that advanced human rights.
'These finalists have dedicated their lives to advancing and protecting human rights of children and young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and individuals who experience mental illness, homelessness or domestic violence,' she said in a statement.