Leading Human Rights Lawyers Urge PM to Safeguard Aussie Kids

posted on July 28, 2016 canstockphoto35781274

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urging him to ensure that the terms of reference for any Royal Commission into the abuse of child detainees include a broader inquiry into the youth justice systems in all Australian jurisdictions. ALHR Vice President Kerry Weste said, “Deep systemic failures exist … Read More >>

Refugee Processing Legacy Caseload Initiative

posted on June 28, 2016

Benedict Coyne, President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) attended the launch of the Victorian Legal Aid Legacy Caseload Initiative on Sunday 17 April 2016.  The initiative is in partnership with Justice Connect, Refugee Legal (Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre Inc) and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Following the launch, ALHR wrote to the … Read More >>

ALHR has written to members of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly warning of serious concerns with proposed presumptions against bail

posted on June 8, 2016 canstockphoto5824534-3

ALHR has written to the Northern Territory’s Chief Minister, Attorney-General, members of the shadow ministry and the Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner outlining concerns proposed presumptions against bail to be introduced with the Northern Territory Bail Amendment Bill 2016. ALHR Vice President Kerry Weste said, “The proposed Bill will establish a regime that is not only costly and … Read More >>

ALHR commends the Victorian Government’s moral leadership in launching the Legacy Caseload Initiative and would like to see similar programs in all States and Territories

posted on May 10, 2016

On Sunday 17 April 2016, ALHR President Benedict Coyne attended the launch of the Victorian Legal Aid Legacy Caseload Initiative. This initiative will help up to 11,000 asylum seekers living in Victoria get the legal assistance they need to have their claims for protection assessed fairly. Launched by the Attorney-General Martin Pakula, the two-year initiative … Read More >>

Failure to fund the CNS may see the return of Indigenous deaths in custody

posted on August 4, 2015

Update We have received a response from Senator Scullion, attached below is the response. ——————————————————————————————– Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is warning that failure to fund the Custody Notification Service (CNS) successfully operated by Aboriginal Legal Service NSW & ACT for 15 years may ultimately result in a return to Indigenous deaths in police custody in … Read More >>

Turnback policy is pandering to the politics of fear

posted on July 26, 2015

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights strongly endorses the below press release from the Refugee Council of Australia: Refugee Council of Australia July 22nd 2015 Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Immigration Minister Richard Marles are pandering to the politics of fear by supporting the forced turnbacks of asylum seeker boats, the Refugee Council of Australia … Read More >>

Cuts to legal services will have disastrous impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

posted on March 25, 2015

ALHR has joined 26 other prominent signatories in an open letter to the Prime Minister requesting that he  urgently reverse the proposed funding cuts to legal assistance services under the Attorney General’s portfolio, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), its peak body National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS), Community Legal … Read More >>

ALHR calls on ALP and cross bench to stop data retention laws

posted on March 15, 2015

ALHR president, Nathan Kennedy, wrote to all ALP and cross bench MPs and Senators today urging them not to pass the Data Retention Bill. The text of the correspondence can be found below. On behalf of the over 2,600 members of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights I am writing to urge you not to pass the … Read More >>

ALHR signs Fitzgerald Principles on Queensland accountability and transparency

posted on January 28, 2015

ALHR and other concerned groups have sent an open letter to Queensland political parties.  The full body of the text is attached.  The public have also been invited to add their names to the letter here: http://theausinstitute.nationbuilder.com/accountability_qld An open letter to Queensland political parties, The erosion of accountability and transparency has damaged democracy in Queensland. Successive governments … Read More >>