Mercy Campaign for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

posted on February 16, 2015 Capture

Where there is life there is hope… ALHR strongly opposes the death penalty and calls on all other members of ALHR to sign the petition at Want to do more? Check out Amnesty International’s online campaign at  Additional information: Nine men are currently awaiting imminent execution in Indonesia. President Joko Widodo rejected the clemency … Read More >>

Media Release: Data Retention Bill an insult

posted on February 15, 2015

ALHR strongly opposes the adoption of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014. “This Bill” says ALHR President, Nathan Kennedy, “is an insult to all Australians. It imposes blanket data collection on us all for surveillance purposes. It assumes every man, woman and child is potentially capable of such criminal activity that … Read More >>

AHRC report: immigration detention ‘a dangerous place for children’

posted on February 12, 2015

Australian Human Rights Commission Report Reveals Policy of Child Abuse The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) today released its report, The Forgotten Children, providing a comprehensive overview of the degrading conditions in which children seeking asylum are forced to live as a result of current Australian law and policy. The report is the culmination of … Read More >>

Data Retention Bill

posted on February 10, 2015

ALHR has made a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security in relation to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014.  ALHR strongly opposes the adoption of the Bill. As the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security noted in 2013: a mandatory data retention regime raises fundamental privacy issues, and … Read More >>

Data Retention Forum by Law Institute of Victoria

posted on January 29, 2015 LIV

Date Tuesday 24 February 2015 Time 6:00PM – 7:30PM Where Lecture Theatre, Law Institute of Victoria 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne Click here to register   What is metadata, what is at stake and what you can do about it? The Privacy Workshop presents a panel of discussion and Q&A surrounding a controversial Bill, with three … Read More >>

ALHR signs Fitzgerald Principles on Queensland accountability and transparency

posted on January 28, 2015

ALHR and other concerned groups have sent an open letter to Queensland political parties.  The full body of the text is attached.  The public have also been invited to add their names to the letter here: An open letter to Queensland political parties, The erosion of accountability and transparency has damaged democracy in Queensland. Successive governments … Read More >>

Powerful Bahá’í documentary ‘To Light a Candle’ screening in Sydney

posted on January 28, 2015

To Light a Candle provides a powerful account of Iran’s largest religious minority, the Bahá’ís, and their peaceful response to decades of state-sponsored persecution. Following the 1979 Iranian revolution, Bahá’ís have faced systematic persecution including arrests, imprisonment and executions. They are also forbidden from attending or teaching at universities. The film shines light on the underground … Read More >>

Media Release: Fair Work Amendment Bill in breach of ILO Bargaining Convention

posted on January 28, 2015

ALHR opposes the adoption of the Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014. “This Bill” says ALHR President, Nathan Kennedy, “restricts the autonomy of workers in the collective bargaining process and tests their claims against possible productivity changes. It does this in two ways: (1) byrequiring‘improvementstoproductivity’tobediscussedduringenterprisebargaining;and (2) by restricting Fair Work Commission approval of protected … Read More >>