Human rights lawyers call for AUSLAN interpreters to be present at NSW COVID-19 Press Conferences

posted on October 11, 2021

  Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) expresses significant concern regarding the press conferences held by the NSW Government on October 10 and 11 2021 which did not have Auslan interpreters visible to viewers.  Natalie Wade, Vice President and Disability Rights Subcommittee Chair states, “Article 21 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with … Read More >>

More than 155 stakeholders oppose Federal Government’s Bill to abolish specialist Family Court

posted on February 16, 2021

ALHR stands with more than 155 stakeholders from a wide range of professions and community organisations in opposing the Government’s deeply flawed legislation to abolish the specialist, stand-alone Family Court. This rushed Bill risks the safety of survivors of family violence. On 11 November 2019 ALHR signed an open letter to the Federal Attorney-General ahead … Read More >>

Open letter in support of of Termination of Pregnancy Bill SA

posted on February 15, 2021

ALHR is very pleased to have joined more than thirty organisations in signing an open letter led by Fair Agenda and the South Australian Abortion Coalition to expressing our strong support for the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020 in its current form. The Bill promotes the autonomy, dignity and wellbeing of patients who need to … Read More >>

Senate urged to reject Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020.

posted on September 1, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has written urging the Senate to oppose the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020. ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “The Bill seeks to expand both the Minister’s powers to determine items to be ‘prohibited’ and authorised officers’ screening, search and seizure powers, in a way … Read More >>

Human Rights Lawyers Condemn Mark Latham’s Anti-LGBT Education Bill

posted on August 19, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has written to the Premier and Attorney General expressing serious concern about NSW One Nation Leader Mark Latham’s  Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020 (the Bill). ALHR has warned that, if passed, the private member’s Bill will significantly impact the human rights of LGBT young people.  ALHR President … Read More >>

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 >>