Human rights lawyers slam Federal Government’s Migration Bill as ‘Cruel and Unnecessary’

posted on February 7, 2023

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is deeply concerned about the Albanese Government’s attempts to advance the Migration Amendment (Aggregate Sentences) Bill 2023 in the Senate.  Caitlin Caldwell, ALHR Chair of Refugee Rights said, “The Bill would make aggregate criminal sentences (a single sentence imposed for two or more changes within a case) a legal … Read More >>

Inquiry into Missing and Murdered First Nations Women and Children

posted on February 6, 2023

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be warned that this submission refers to the sensitive issue of death and dying and includes the names of deceased persons. ALHR made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into Missing and Murdered First Nations Women and Children. Murder rates for First Nations women … Read More >>

Monitoring Places of Detention (OPCAT) Bill 2022 (QLD)

posted on February 6, 2023

ALHR made a submission to the Queensland parliament’s Legal Affairs and Safety Committee Inquiry into the Monitoring of Places of Detention (Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture) Bill 2022. In October 2022, ALHR, along with more than 95 other key signatories, expressed profound concern in an open letter when the United Nations Subcommittee on … Read More >>

Inquiry into Universal Access to Reproductive Healthcare

posted on February 6, 2023

ALHR has made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee’s Inquiry into Universal Access to Reproductive Healthcare, welcoming the Federal Government’s commitment to dismantling barriers to universal access to reproductive healthcare. Our submission highlights the international human rights law basis for universal access to reproductive healthcare, current barriers arising from the cost and accessibility of contraception and abortion … Read More >>

Australia was integral to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but we’re still the only Western Democracy without a Federal Human Rights Framework

posted on December 11, 2022

Human Rights Day message from Kerry Weste President, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) This weekend we celebrated Human Rights Day and the 74th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a document which underpins all international human rights law. This year’s theme – freedom, dignity and justice for all – offers an opportunity … Read More >>

Pressing need for Australia to bridge business and human rights gaps: Review of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act 2018

posted on November 29, 2022

ALHR has made a submission to the statutory review of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth). We are calling on the Federal Government to implement our recommendations for reforms to urgently strengthen the legislation and more effectively hold companies accountable for identifying and preventing modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. According to the … Read More >>

ALHR Submission ACT Inquiry: Right to a Healthy Environment

posted on November 21, 2022

The ACT Government’s Justice and Community Safety  Directorate is currently conducting a public consultation to inform consideration of a right to a healthy environment in the ACT Human Rights Act. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (‘ALHR’) made a submission in relation to the Discussion Paper on the Human Right to a Healthy Environment (‘the Discussion … Read More >>

Western Australia for a Human Rights Act Webinar Series

posted on November 6, 2022

ALHR and the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia Limited are proud to co-convene the Western Australia for a Human Rights Act (WA4HRA) Coalition. We are excited to announce a WA4HRA webinars covering three important areas in which outcomes for people could be improved by a WA Human Rights Act. Please save the dates! Webinar … Read More >>

Joint statement of concern regarding suspension of UN Subcommittee on Torture visit to Australia following lack of co-operation in New South Wales and Queensland

posted on October 24, 2022

We express profound concern that the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has been forced to take the drastic measure of suspending its visit to Australia due to obstruction encountered while attempting to carrying out its mandate during its visit to Australia under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other … Read More >>

ACT Government commits to delivering accessible human rights complaints mechanism

posted on October 21, 2022

Human rights lawyers and social advocates have applauded the ACT Government’s commitment to immediately commence the process of legislating for an accessible complaints mechanism within the Human Rights Act 2004, giving Canberrans, whose human rights are breached, the ability to bring a complaint to the ACT Human Rights Commission for confidential conciliation.  ALHR President Kerry … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers welcome Queensland’s reforms to discrimination laws

posted on September 6, 2022

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights has welcomed a report released by the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) proposing amendments to strengthen and modernise the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (QLD).  The ‘Building belonging: Review of Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 Report’ proposes a series of significant reforms to increase the scope and effectiveness of the state’s anti-discrimination protections.  … Read More >>