Release of Medically Transferred Refugees from Immigration Detention

posted on March 5, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Federal Government’s decision to release a number of refugees from immigration detention who were previously transferred from offshore processing to Australia for vital medical treatment.  Caitlin Caldwell, Co-Chair of ALHR’s Refugee Rights Subcommittee said, “ALHR calls on the Federal Government to urgently release all medically-evacuated refugees who … Read More >>

Take action: stand with ALHR against Latham’s harmful “Education Bill”

posted on February 17, 2021

Please help ALHR to stand up for the human rights of trans and gender diverse children in NSW by urgently registering your opposition to Mark Latham’s harmful Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill NSW. The NSW Parliament’s Portfolio Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into the Bill and is receiving submissions from the public via the completion … Read More >>

More than 155 stakeholders oppose Federal Government’s Bill to abolish specialist Family Court

posted on February 16, 2021

ALHR stands with more than 155 stakeholders from a wide range of professions and community organisations in opposing the Government’s deeply flawed legislation to abolish the specialist, stand-alone Family Court. This rushed Bill risks the safety of survivors of family violence. On 11 November 2019 ALHR signed an open letter to the Federal Attorney-General ahead … Read More >>

Open letter in support of of Termination of Pregnancy Bill SA

posted on February 15, 2021

ALHR is very pleased to have joined more than thirty organisations in signing an open letter led by Fair Agenda and the South Australian Abortion Coalition to expressing our strong support for the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020 in its current form. The Bill promotes the autonomy, dignity and wellbeing of patients who need to … Read More >>

Inviting EOIs for Co-Chair ALHR National Women and Girls’ Rights Subcommittee

posted on February 8, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is seeking expressions of interest from experienced lawyers to Co-Chair our National Women and Girls’ Rights Subcommittee. There are still many areas in Australian society in which women and girls experience unequal treatment and violations of their internationally recognised human rights. As such this area is a critical focus … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers applaud Victorian MPs for outlawing Gay Conversion Therapy

posted on February 5, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) congratulates Victorian Members of Parliament who voted to secure the passage of the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 (VIC). ALHR’s LGBTI Rights Subcommittee Chair, Georgia Burke said, “ALHR welcomes  this important legislation which protects vulnerable members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender and gender diverse community … Read More >>

LGBTIQ+ Young People At Risk in NSW

posted on January 29, 2021

Human Rights experts warn that One Nation’s “Education Bill” offends Australia’s international human rights obligations and standards of inquiry  Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has condemned Mark Latham’s Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020 (the Bill), and the present Portfolio Committee inquiry into it, as inherently flawed and an alarming risk to the … Read More >>

Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2021

posted on January 23, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) calls on all countries, including Australia, to ensure that lawyers are able to perform their professional obligations without fear of retribution.  On 24 January 2021, the 11th Day of the Endangered Lawyer, lawyers across the world are given a specific opportunity to reflect on the grave infringement of human … Read More >>

January 26 Events Celebrating Indigenous Culture

posted on January 23, 2021

Image from NITV Ignite ALHR appreciates that 26 January represents a very difficult period for many First Nations people. ALHR urges the Commonwealth Government to engage with the evolving debate regarding the appropriateness of celebrating Australia Day on 26 January, which for many First Nations people is a date synonymous with invasion, dispossession and a history and … Read More >>

Nuclear Ban Treaty enters into force without Australia’s support

posted on January 21, 2021

On Friday 22 January 2021 the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) comes into force, establishing a comprehensive set of international legal prohibitions on participating in any nuclear weapon activities. It does so without the support of Australia’s Federal Government. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) President Kerry Weste explains, “The … Read More >>

AGM documents and notice 2020/2021

posted on January 15, 2021

The ALHR Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on  22 February 2021 at 7:00pm AEST Please email to RSVP your attendance. Join Zoom Meeting Time: Feb 22, 2021 07:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney Meeting ID: 829 169 8142 Passcode: 1234 One tap mobile +61861193900,,8291698142#,,,,*1234# Australia +61871501149,,8291698142#,,,,*1234# Australia Dial by your location     … Read More >>