Rio Tinto must be stripped of prestigious human rights ranking in light of Juukan Gorge destruction: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and human rights organisations

posted on July 9, 2020

ALHR has continued to voice concern about Rio Tinto’s destruction of the Juukan Gorge rockshelters, a place of significant cultural and spiritual importance to the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people. Archaeological evidence suggests the sites dated back 46,000 years, making it one of the oldest known areas for human occupation within the Australian deserts.  Our … Read More >>

Second open letter calling for immediate action to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the Australian criminal justice system

posted on April 9, 2020

ALHR has joined with 400 individuals and 11 organisations, in signing onto a second open letter calling for immediate action to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the Australian criminal justice system, especially prisons and youth detention centres. The letter seeks immediate action to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the … Read More >>

Four years since the Horvath decision: Its time for parliament to act

posted on September 5, 2018

Four years ago,  human rights, legal and social justice organisations called upon the Victorian Government to respond decisively to the United Nations decision on the case of Corinna Horvath (pictured) ,  a young woman who was allegedly bashed by a policeman in her home more than 20 years ago. Since that letter there has been … Read More >>

Open letter to the NSW Premier calling for immediate investigation into Real Bodies – The Exhibition

posted on August 29, 2018

Leading human rights lawyers, medical professionals, academics and civil society organisations have written an open letter urgently calling on the NSW Government for an immediate investigation into Real Bodies – The Exhibition (Exhibition) currently showing at the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney until October 2018.   The Exhibition is a for-profit business and involves a display … Read More >>

ALHR Concerned by Victorian mandatory sentencing measures

posted on August 3, 2018

ALHR has written to the Victorian Attorney-General to express its concern at the Justice Legislation Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2018 which will elevate injury offences against on-duty emergency workers, custodial officers and youth justice custodial workers (exposed workers) to Category 1 offences that are subject to a mandatory minimum custodial sentence or other custodial order, and to narrow … Read More >>

Australian response to US Embassy opening in Jerusalem

posted on May 18, 2018

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has written to Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop to commend her decision not to send an Australian representative to the opening of the embassy of the United States of America in Jerusalem, Israel. “ALHR has long been gravely concerned by breaches of international law occurring … Read More >>