Cuts to legal services will have disastrous impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

posted on March 25, 2015

ALHR has joined 26 other prominent signatories in an open letter to the Prime Minister requesting that he  urgently reverse the proposed funding cuts to legal assistance services under the Attorney General’s portfolio, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), its peak body National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS), Community Legal … Read More >>

Inquiry into the adequacy of existing residential care arrangements available for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual disabilities in Australia

posted on March 19, 2015

ALHR has provided a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the appropriateness of residential care for young people with disabilities. ALHR addresses the adequacy of aged care for young people with serious and/or permanent mental, physical or intellectual disabilities and the options and consequences of de-institutionalising those people from residential care.

NSW Seminar on Data Retention Bill – 31 March 2015 – Parliament House

posted on March 17, 2015

How does the Data Retention Bill (and existing data surveillance) impact your legal practice? In its current form, the proposed Data Retention Bill would significantly infringe Australians’ rights to privacy and chill their freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. All Australians are effectively treated as suspects. If lawyers are to keep client communications confidential … Read More >>

ALHR calls on ALP and cross bench to stop data retention laws

posted on March 15, 2015

ALHR president, Nathan Kennedy, wrote to all ALP and cross bench MPs and Senators today urging them not to pass the Data Retention Bill. The text of the correspondence can be found below. On behalf of the over 2,600 members of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights I am writing to urge you not to pass the … Read More >>

Australia Slides Backwards on Human Rights as Abbott Rejects United Nations Torture Findings

posted on March 13, 2015

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, has delivered a report finding that Australia is violating the UN Convention Against Torture by detaining children in immigration detention, and holding asylum seekers in dangerous and violent conditions in offshore processing centres. Following comments that Australians were “sick of being lectured to by the United Nations”, … Read More >>

Massive funding cuts to legal services for Indigenous people show the Government’s total disregard for justice

posted on March 6, 2015

Proposed funding cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) represent a social justice and human rights failure. It will see more Indigenous Australians imprisoned and more Indigenous children removed from their parents. The cuts announced in the 2014 federal budget equate to around $13.4 million or around 20 per cent of national … Read More >>

Bill of Rights Would Protect Against Draconian Mandatory Sentencing Laws

posted on March 5, 2015

Proposed laws to increase mandatory minimum sentences, currently before the Western Australian parliament show why Western Australia and Australia need a Bill of Rights, say the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. The Criminal Law (Home Burglary and Other Offences) Bill 2014 alters the current “three strike” policy by allowing first-time offenders to be imprisoned after … Read More >>

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 >>