Respect at Work Bill does not go far enough

posted on July 24, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has expressed concern that the Federal Government’s Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021 (the Bill) does not go far enough to implement the sweeping and widespread reforms necessary to address sex-based harassment in Australian workplaces.  Cassandra Bourke, Co-Chair of ALHR’s Women and Girls’ Rights … Read More >>

Webinar: Climate change, the rights of children, and the duty of care

posted on July 21, 2021

Registrations are now open for the seventh webinar in the Diplomacy Training Program’s Child Rights webinar series, in partnership with Youth Law Australia and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights – “Climate change, the rights of children and the duty of care“ When: Thursday 29th July 2021 Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm AEST In response to the Government’s report on … Read More >>

Disability Community Calls For Reform After Discrimination Claims Become ‘Impossible To Prove’

posted on July 3, 2021

ALHR has joined with 46 organisations in an open letter led by  People With Disability Australia (PWDA) calling on the Commonwealth Attorney-General to rewrite Australia’s disability discrimination laws. ALHR Vice President and Chair of Disability Rights, Natalie Wade, is spokeswoman: “A frustrated alliance of lawyers and community organisations has lobbied the Commonwealth Attorney-General to rewrite Australia’s … Read More >>

Australia called on to join international efforts to end human rights abuses in China

posted on May 5, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Federal Government’s recent Joint statement with New Zealand on Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang, particularly its call on China to grant meaningful and unfettered access to Xinjiang for United Nations experts, and other independent observers. Madeleine Bridgett, Co-Chair of ALHR’s Business and Human Rights Subcommittee said, “There … Read More >>

India travel ban exposes gaping void in Australian human rights protections

posted on May 4, 2021

Australia’s leading association of human rights lawyers has published a briefing paper examining the Morrison Government’s moves to ban Australians from returning home. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) President Kerry Weste says, “The issue exposes a gaping void in Australian human rights protections – the absence of a Federal Human Rights Act.” “The travel … Read More >>

74 WA orgs call to end imprisonment of children under the age of 14 years

posted on May 3, 2021

Today, ALHR joins 74 Western Australian organisations in calling for WA to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) to 14 years. More than 70 NGOs and ACCOs in WA collectively endorsed the new report released by coalition Social Reinvestment WA, ‘A Pathway to a Brighter Future for Western Australia’s most at risk children’. … Read More >>

Submission on the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process Interim Report

posted on May 3, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has welcomed the opportunity to make a submission on the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process Interim Report to the Australian Government (Interim Report). Australia stands apart from the vast majority of developed countries in its failure to appropriately recognise First Nations people. We are the only developed Western Democracy bereft of … Read More >>

Victorian Government urged to implement recommendations to improve hate speech protections

posted on April 28, 2021

Australia’s leading association of human rights lawyers is urging the Victorian Premier and Attorney General to adopt the recommendations of the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee’s inquiry into the adequacy of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 (Vic). The Committee’s report, tabled in March, found the Act failed in its twin purposes … Read More >>

Seeking EOIs for National Fundraising Manager

posted on April 27, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is seeking expressions of interest for the voluntary role of National Fundraising Manager. Reporting to the ALHR Executive Management Committee, as the National Fundraising Manager, you will lead fundraising to increase revenue in support of ALHR’s work to stand up for international human rights law standards in Australia. With … Read More >>

Event: In conversation with Environment and international criminal lawyer, Jonathan Struggles

posted on April 26, 2021

Please join ALHR NSW this Thursday evening in conversation with guest speaker, Jonathan Struggles, a former Greenpeace lawyer and investigator in Amsterdam, to discus recent cases which transect both environment and human rights issues. When: Thursday 29 April at 6:30pm Where: The Shakespeare Hotel, 200 Devonshire St, Surry Hills. If you would like to attend, please … Read More >>

ALHR announces new national Environment and Human Rights Subcommittee

posted on April 15, 2021

We are now seeking EOI’s for Chairs and Youth Chairs The Time is Now to stand up for the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment (R2E). Human rights and the environment are intertwined; human rights cannot be enjoyed without a safe, clean and healthy environment; and sustainable environmental governance cannot exist without … Read More >>