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Workshop: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Building Capacity on Implementation and Reporting

posted on January 27, 2020

Call for Applications The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP), Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) and Youth Law Australia are calling for applications for a 2-day intensive training program to build knowledge and understanding of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), of the Australian reporting process to the UN Committee on the … Read More >>

Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2020

posted on January 24, 2020

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 2020, the 10th Day of the Endangered Lawyer, lawyers across the world are given a specific opportunity to reflect on the grave infringement of human … Read More >>

2019 ALHR Business and Human Rights Report Card – Australia Score: C

posted on January 7, 2020

In 2019 the Australian Government took some positive steps in fulfilling its obligation under Pillar 1 of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (​UNGPs​) [1] to protect against business-related human rights abuses. Notably, in September 2019 the Modern Slavery Business Engagement Unit, Department of Home Affairs, published the ​Commonwealth Modern Slavery … Read More >>

ALHR 2019 Human Rights Report Card

posted on January 5, 2020

The 2019 Human Rights Report Card from Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has shown some states and territories dropping significantly in their human rights performance for the year. While others flatlined in 2019, too few showed any improvement. Several key performance areas, such as disability, LGBTI and refugee rights also went backwards in 2019 … Read More >>

Medevac legislation is vital and should not be repealed

posted on November 28, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) joins more than 5,000 doctors and calls on the Senate to retain the Medevac legislation. “The Medevac legislation has contributed to ensuring that vulnerable people receive vital medical treatment when they need it,” said Jessica Bayley, Chair of ALHR’s Refugee Rights Committee. “It creates a vital framework whereby the … Read More >>

Submission to the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues inquiry into the Modern Slavery Act 2018 and associated matters

posted on November 25, 2019

ALHR has made a submission to the NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues inquiry into the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) (NSW Act). ALHR supports the modern slavery reporting scheme introduced by the NSW Act. It is commendable that NSW seeks to be a leading jurisdiction in combatting modern slavery, both in Australia … Read More >>

Submission on the draft Modern Slavery Regulation 2019 (NSW) and Section 24 of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW)

posted on November 25, 2019

ALHR has made a submission on the draft Modern Slavery Regulation 2019 (NSW) (Draft Regulation) and the supply chain reporting requirements in the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) (Act). In our submission we make the following recommendations: Recommendations ALHR recommends that the Draft Regulation contains a clause which provides for a public repository which includes … Read More >>

Religious Discrimination Bills are not consistent with international human rights law

posted on November 25, 2019

ALHR has provided a submission in relation to the Exposure Drafts of the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 (RDB), Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 (RDCAB) and the Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019 (HRLAB). ALHR supports a Religious Discrimination Act which provides protections against religious discrimination in areas of public life including … Read More >>

Human Rights for NSW Submission to AHRC’s Free and Equal: National Conversation

posted on November 19, 2019

Together with 33 member organisations ALHR has endorsed the Human Rights for NSW Alliance’s submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s national conversation on human rights in Australia – Free and Equal. The purpose of the National Conversation is to: Promote awareness of the importance of human rights to 21st century Australia Identify current limitations and … Read More >>

Organ Transplants and Crimes Against Humanity In China: An Australian Issue

posted on November 8, 2019

Please join ALHR at an expert panel discussion with Q&A: ‘Organ Transplants and Crimes Against Humanity In China: An Australian Issue’ The evening will include a screening of the short film, “The China Tribunal Final Judgement”  A shortage of organ donors worldwide is undeniable and travelling overseas for a transplant is on the rise. The medical and legal implications … Read More >>

Fundraiser for Indigenous Barristers Trust, ‘A Bush Tucker Night’

posted on November 2, 2019

Fundraiser for Indigenous Barristers Trust, ‘A Bush Tucker Night’  Wednesday 20 November 2019, 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm Public Defenders Chambers, 1 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW The NSW Bar Association’s First Nations Committee is hosting a fundraiser for the Indigenous Barristers’ Trust – The Mum Shirl Fund. Try some bush tucker and wines by First … Read More >>