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2017 Winners


NSW Human Rights Medal

The NSW Human Rights Award pays tribute to a person who has made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the advancement of human rights. The NSW Government supports the tireless efforts of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of those less fortunate and this award will provide an opportunity to recognise an exceptional individual in this field.

The award was established in recognition of Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg, who personally saved tens of thousands of lives during the Holocaust.

WINNER: Karim (Ken) Habak OAM

For over 45 years, Karim, known as Ken, has advocated for and supported the rights of the individuals and communities who have made a substantial contribution to multicultural affairs in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Ken’s tireless contributions have been instrumental to the success of the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra.

As a respected voice and leader in the community, Ken has enabled the Multicultural Communities Council to extend the reach and diversity of their services to diverse communities, particularly in the area of aged care and young people. He has also provided a wide range of employment and volunteering opportunities.