ALHR National Human Rights Conference 2017 Registrations Now Open

posted on October 14, 2016 alhr-webbanner-200916

The inaugural ALHR National Human Rights Conference will be held on the 17th and 18th February 2017 at the La Trobe University City Campus in Melbourne. We are very excited to announce that registrations are now open! Please see below for further details about the conference and how to register.  We look forward to seeing you all there, and having your important contributions to Australia’s practice … Read More >>

Natalie Wade, Chair of ALHR’s Disability Rights Subcommittee Named Law Council’s 2016 Young Lawyer of the Year

posted on October 10, 2016 Natalie Wade

ALHR extends it warmest congratulations to Natalie Wade, Chair of our Disability Rights Subcommittee, on being named the Law Council’s 2016 Young Lawyer of the Year. We are extremely fortunate to have Natalie leading ALHR’s advocacy on disability rights and being an integral part of our National Committee. Congratulations Natalie! Read the Law Council’s press … Read More >>

SA: Human Rights and the War on Terror

posted on October 4, 2016

By Stephen Kenny, Camatta Lempens Lawyers When: 5:45pm to 6:45pm, Wednesday 9 November 2016 Where: Moot Court, Ligertwood Building, University of Adelaide ALHR SA is delighted to present renowned human rights lawyer, Stephen Kenny, who will speak about human rights in the context of the ever-present “War on Terror”.  Details of this free event, and … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers welcome WA sentencing reforms

posted on September 22, 2016 1381796454ha80u

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes a West Australian bill intended to reduce the number of Indigenous people being imprisoned for failure to pay fines. The Sentencing Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 proposes to give Western Australian criminal courts wider discretion in sentencing low-level offences. In particular it aims to divert first-time offenders away from incarceration … Read More >>

ALHR Congratulates QLD Premier on decision to introduce legislation that will see 17-year-olds removed from the State’s adult prisons within a year

posted on September 22, 2016 canstockphoto16754163

ALHR has written to the Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, congratulating her Government on its decision to introduce legislation that will see 17-year-olds removed from the State’s adult prisons within a year. ALHR has long campaigned for the Queensland government to act to address this violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and recently stepped … Read More >>

ALHR Launches National LGBTI Rights Subcommittee

posted on September 21, 2016 canstockphoto32132200

ALHR is pleased to announce the launch of our new national LGBTI Rights Subcommittee The LGBTI community in Australia continues to face varied challenges, from verbal harassment to forced medical intervention or the inability to access affordable medical care. Elsewhere, in places like the Middle East, Russia, Africa and Asia the LGBTI community is habitually subject to severe human rights abuses … Read More >>

Abortion Decriminalisation (QLD) and International Human Rights

posted on September 12, 2016 benedict-coyne-photo

Benedict Coyne, President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights has published an Op-Ed on the Australian Lawyers Alliance website looking at the human rights issues surrounding abortion decriminalisation in Queensland. READ THE OP-ED HERE 

Chorus of opposition to racial discrimination changes grows

posted on August 31, 2016 canstockphoto15077153

Chorus of opposition to racial discrimination changes grows Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is deeply concerned by the renewed attack on important human rights protections with proposed amendments to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination introduced into the Senate via a private member’s bill. Dr. Tamsin Clarke, Chair of ALHR’s Freedoms Subcommittee said: “when … Read More >>

IT’S TIME TO DECRIMINALISE ABORTION IN NSW AND PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS

posted on August 19, 2016 Abortion law reform

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has expressed its strong support for the decriminalisation of abortion in NSW. Benedict Coyne, ALHR President said, “Failure to provide safe, legal and accessible abortion services is a violation of fundamental human rights. ALHR supports the decriminalisation of abortion and the creation of exclusion zones surrounding abortion clinics as … Read More >>

NSW GOVERNMENT SHOULD ACT FOLLOWING FIRST INDIGENOUS DEATH IN POLICE CELL CUSTODY IN 16 YEARS.

posted on August 19, 2016 dic2

Image Credit: nationalunitygovernment.org Protesters in central Geraldton behind a row of crosses representing deaths in custody. NSW has recorded its first Indigenous death in police cell custody for 16 years. On 19 July 2016, Ms. Rebecca Maher, a 36-year-old Wiradjuri woman and mother of four, was detained for apparent intoxication and placed in a holding cell at … Read More >>

Position Vacant: Chair of ALHR’s newly established LGBTI Subcommittee

posted on August 7, 2016 canstockphoto32132200

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is currently seeking a new Chair/s for our LGBTI subcommittee. Established last year, the subcommittee has made submissions on adoption rights and the expungement of historical convictions and put out media releases on a variety of topics. Given the continuing discrimination faced by LBGTI community members in their day-to-day … Read More >>