Leading human rights lawyers back calls for NSW and ACT to establish Walama Court and adopt 10 year justice targets to end Indigenous imprisonment

posted on August 11, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has joined calls for urgent action by the NSW and ACT Governments to address the crisis of Indigenous overrepresentation in their criminal justice systems. With recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing that Indigenous people in NSW are imprisoned at a rate of more than 10 … Read More >>

Rio Tinto must be stripped of prestigious human rights ranking in light of Juukan Gorge destruction: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and human rights organisations

posted on July 9, 2020

ALHR has continued to voice concern about Rio Tinto’s destruction of the Juukan Gorge rockshelters, a place of significant cultural and spiritual importance to the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people. Archaeological evidence suggests the sites dated back 46,000 years, making it one of the oldest known areas for human occupation within the Australian deserts.  Our … Read More >>

Just because you legally can, should you?

posted on June 11, 2020

The recent destruction of the significant Juukan Gorge rockshelters just days prior to National Reconciliation Week by Rio Tinto highlights the need to expediate essential reform to Western Australia’s Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972.   The rockshelters destroyed by the actions of Rio Tinto during Reconciliation Week were of significant cultural and spiritual importance to the Puutu … Read More >>

ALHR Event: Zoom discussion on COVID-19 and its human rights dimensions

posted on June 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant effect on individuals, communities and governments.  Please join ALHR for a Zoom panel discussion to discuss the impact of the virus on our economic, social, cultural, and civil and political rights.  The discussion will have a particular focus on the impact of the virus on the human rights of vulnerable groups … Read More >>

Action on manifestly unjust and illegal ‘Robodebt’ long overdue.

posted on June 2, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Federal Government’s long overdue commitment to reverse the harm caused by its illegal ‘Robodebt’ system, noting the system has destroyed lives. ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “Since the scheme was introduced in mid-2016, advocates have been consistently alerting the responsible Ministers, including the treasurer at the time, … Read More >>

Sorry Day 2020

posted on May 27, 2020

ALHR acknowledges and recognises members of the Stolen Generations and the impact of their forced removal and separation from their families, communities and country. Sorry means you never do it again. Sorry means action beyond symbolism. #SorryDay2020 #auspol #UluruStatement

Public consultation paper on the International Strategy on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

posted on May 17, 2020

ALHR has made a submission in response to the public consultation paper (Consultation Paper) on the International Strategy on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (2020 Strategy).  ALHR welcomes the 2020 Strategy as an ongoing commitment of the Australian Government in supporting international efforts to help eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery. The 2020 Strategy will … Read More >>