HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

Learn more about Human Rights in Australia and Abroad

The UNAAWA Human Rights Committee aims to provide a forum for discussion and organise events to foster greater understanding and awareness of human rights issues of local and global interest. Committee attendees have the chance to network with other passionate individuals, participate in the organisation of UNAAWA events like International Human Rights Day and Harmony Week, and connect with guest speakers and related organisations in the WA community. The Committee believes that through local participation and conversation, change can be achieved to ensure every person’s basic human rights are upheld and understood across Australia. Participation is open to all UNAAWA members. 

MEET THE COMMITTEE

Convenor

Randhir Amoganathan

Randhir completed his Law degree in 1992 in United Kingdom, with an MBA in 1993 at Keele University and an MSC (Econs) from the London School of Economics in 1994. He specialised in software contracts management in UK and was an In-House Legal Counsel in Singapore. Migrating to Australia in 2008, he is admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia, the High Court of Australia and the High Court of New Zealand. In 2018, he founded Obvia Legal to further provide legal services in commercial and contracts, wills & estates, as well as migration & citizenship. A contract specialist since 2012 Randhir has represented clients at the Magistrates and District Court in Perth and Bunbury, and Federal Magistrates Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Perth. He is currently a member of the Business Network International (BNI), a Board member of the College of Law (WA) Alumni Association. and the Secretary of the WA-Singapore Business Connect Inc (WASBC). He is most passionate about migrant and refugees issues. In his spare time, he likes to read, especially on Greece and Rome, catch up on foreign films and spend time with his family.

Human Rights Committee Member

Adriene Lebelle

Adriene is from France (and also has a Chadian background), he has been in Australia for a year and a half. Adriene has always had an interest for International Relations and Human Rights which led him to study International Relations at university and also volunteer and work for Doctors Without Borders shortly after graduating and it made him want to get involved more as it was a great experience. He believes everyone should have their basics rights respected regardless of their background, being a member of the Human Rights Committee gives me the opportunity to take part in defending Human Rights while working with a great team and taking on a new challenge.

Human Rights Committee Member

Giri Sitham

Giri Sitham is a Senior Innovation and Technology Advisor at Water Corporation. In his previous job at Horizon Power he was a member of the Horizon Power Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory group and actively volunteers for Greenbatch. He has also volunteered for Reconciliation WA and FISH (Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health). He was a finalist for the United Nations Young Professional Award in 2019. He is passionate about the environment, technology and every human is treated fairly.

Human Rights Committee Member

Kaisha V. Champion

Nyoonga- Nyagi Nyagi (WA); Nungar- Barngarla & Antakirinja (SA); Wongi- Kaprun (WA Goldfields)

I grew up in a small town, Whyalla (SA). Moving to Perth (WA) a few years ago has provided me with so many opportunities. I have taken the values that my family instilled in me – education is the key, and stay connected with your family, community and country. These values have guided my decisions in life. I believe that my role going forward is to build upon the connections, empowerment and capacity for our community.

Human Rights Committee Member

Cosmas Onaneye

Cosmas Onaneye is a recent (2020) graduate of Master of International Law and Master of International Relations at the University of Western Australia with expertise in political economy, security and conflicts, as well as, International Criminal and Human Rights Law. Before moving to Perth in 2018, He worked as an Associate Lawyer and a Dispute Resolution Specialist in Nigeria with his practice area mostly centred in Property and Corporate Law. Cosmas has always been an advocate for fairness and the respect for Human Rights both nationally and Internationally. It was this desire that motivated him to Join UNAAWA in July 2020 as a Human Rights Committee member where he can work with like-minded professionals in promoting Human Rights and the overall objectives of the United Nations.

Human Rights Committee Member

Dharshana Sivapatham

Dharshana is a Health, Safety, Environment Advisor graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration (Leadership),  University of Western Australia, Australia, and a Bachelor of  Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Hons.) , Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia.

 

Dharshana is a self-motivated and dynamic individual who zealously advocates for those without a voice. A freelance journalist, she has written articles advocating equality, diversity and the opportunity for every person to be treated fairly. During her time as a Satellite Engineer in Malaysia she developed a keen interest in the wellbeing and safety of her colleagues. This led to her pioneering a safety management system for employees reinforcing employees’ rights to return safely home and to ensure their wellbeing rights were protected at work. Her endeavours continued in Perth and she now manages Health and Safety in Construction. Dharshana hopes to utilise the concepts she has learned and create a deep impact in the human rights space championing fairness and justice for all persons through this new chapter with the UNAAWA Human Rights Committee.

Human Rights Committee Member

Charlotte Solomon

Charlotte is passionate about social justice and the promotion of human rights through education and empowerment. After many years in government she returned to complete a Bachelor of Laws. Her interest is in the human side of law, assisting people who face cultural, language, ability, educational or knowledge barriers to seek advice and support.

 

As a first-generation Australian She is proud to call this country home, to share her cultural background and to learn that of others. Realising how underrepresented our First Nations culture is in our community has led to an interest in promoting awareness of Aboriginal culture and history. As a parent and a community member, it is incumbent upon me to raise children who are global citizens, who speak in the realm of diversity and inclusion without fear or favour and who will reach out and help others to stand alongside them, not for their ego but for the betterment of our society. 

 

On a personal level, she enjoys grassroots travel, hosting travellers, and enjoying our beautiful country. Charlotte is honoured to be a part of the UNAAWA Human Rights committee and look forward to implementing positive change.

Communications

James Herrington

James is currently undertaking a Masters of International Relations at the University of UWA. As part of his degree, James is writing a dissertation on the perception of foreign influence. In a past life, James has also completed a Bachelor, Honours and Masters in Music Composition.  James joined UNAAWA in 2018 initially as an intern. It was his passion to raise the awareness of human rights abuses — on a local as well as international level — which drove him to join the Human Rights Committee. James also enjoys writing music (Electronic and Hip-Hop), as well following the AFL.

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