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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.

Hon Michael Kirby: A bill of rights for Australia, not a lost cause!

posted on September 10, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (CST) Adelaide, SA In this special event, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, will discuss the adoption of a national bill of rights in Australia. During a distinguished career spanning five decades, Mr Kirby served as a judge … Read More >>

Inquiry into the use of subsection 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 by government agencies to disrupt the operation of illegal online services

posted on September 7, 2014

ALHR has made submissions to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications in relation to the use of section 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997. ALHR’s primary concern is that the Act should adhere to international human rights law and standards such as the ‘International Principles on the Application of Human Rights … Read More >>

Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014

posted on September 7, 2014

ALHR has provided written submissions and oral evidence to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014. ALHR has recommended the passage of the bill. ALHR’s submissions are available here.  

ALHR Voices Concern About ‘Brain Dead’ Asylum Seeker

posted on September 5, 2014

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights is deeply concerned by reports this week that inadequate medical care in immigration detention facilities on Manus Island has left Iranian man, Hamid Kehazaei, brain dead after an infected cut to his foot led to septicaemia. The right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of … Read More >>

ALHR calls on UN to investigate proposed Tasmanian Anti-Protest laws

posted on August 26, 2014

A coalition of diverse community groups, including ALHR, has written to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights outlining their concerns at the proposed introduction of the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Bill 2014. The groups have called on three Special Rapporteurs to investigate the incompatibility of the Bill with obligations under international … Read More >>

Fears Fundamental Rights Ousted in NSW Bail Reforms

posted on August 25, 2014

ALHR fears that proposed changes to bail laws in New South Wales threaten to breach Australia’s international human rights obligations. Under the proposed reforms for serious offences, the onus will be on the accused to “show cause” that their detention in custody is unjustified. Nathan Kennedy, President of ALHR said “The changes would undermine the … Read More >>