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ALHR Submission on Australia to the 53rd Session of the UN Committee Against Torture

posted on October 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALHR has made a submission (below) UN Committee Against Torture as part of its fifth periodic review of Australia during its 53rd session from 3-28 November 2014. ALHR’s submission solely addresses issues concerning Australia’s policies, laws and practices on asylum seekers and refugees and, in particular, how Australia’s current policies, laws and practices contravene … Read More >>

Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014

posted on October 19, 2014

UPDATE The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee has tabled its report recommending against the passage of the Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014. The Committee concluded: 2.54 The committee notes that passage of the Bill would legislate a form of discrimination in that same-sex couples able to marry overseas would be afforded a different set … Read More >>

Media Release: Stronger Futures Legislation (NT)

posted on October 17, 2014

Media release For immediate release 17 October 2014 ‘Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the current review by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights of the Stronger Futures legislation’ says Nathan Kennedy, President of ALHR.  ‘ALHR agrees with the Committee that the government needs to demonstrate, rather than simply state, how the measures … Read More >>

Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014

posted on October 17, 2014

UPDATE The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has today tabled its Advisory Report on the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014. A copy of the report can be found by following the below link: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Intelligence_and_Security/Counter-Terrorism_Legislation_Amendment_Foreign_Fighters_Bill_2014/Report1   ORIGINAL POST ‘We must be careful’, says ALHR President Nathan Kennedy, ‘that in opposing the criminality of … Read More >>

ALHR invites you to attend the Australian premiere of Limited Partnership at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival.

posted on October 9, 2014 limitedpartnershipmovie.com

Sunday 19th October 5:30pm at the Chauvel Cinema The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Kirk Marcolina, the Producer and Nathan Kennedy, President of ALHR. To receive a 15% discount on your tickets enter the promo code “ALHR” when you BOOK HERE: http://bit.ly/1uIjl6r TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGY5wqPIUhE The fight for marriage equality may seem … Read More >>

From the Ballot Box to the Witness Box: Tackling access to justice for people with disabilities

posted on October 2, 2014

Date: Thursday 16 October 2014 Time: 12:30pm to 2:oopm Venue: Law Society of South Australia, Professional Development Centre, Level 10, Terrace Towers, 178 North Terrace, Adelaide Together with the Law Society of South Australia, the SA Branch of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, proudly sponsored by Lipman Karas, is presenting a free seminar addressing … Read More >>

Media Release: Unwilling to Comply, Government Replaces International Law With Its Own Interpretation

posted on September 30, 2014

  Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has introduced two new Bills to Parliament that propose to breach Australia’s obligations under international law. The Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 will re-introduce Temporary Protection Visas and redefine established principles of international law to suit the agenda of the Liberal-National Coalition Government. … Read More >>

ALHR and 63 other organisations call on Attorney-General to ratify OPCAT

posted on September 16, 2014

ALHR has endorsed an open letter to Attorney-General George Brandis calling on Australia to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT). The letter is available below. The letter has been endorsed by 64 organisations, including indigenous justice, legal, refugee, disability, medical and mental health organisations. Copies have also been sent to State and Territory Attorneys-General.