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 >>

ALHR Calls on Tasmanian Upper House to Wholly Reject ‘Anti-Protest’ Bill

posted on October 29, 2014

The Hodgman Government’s Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Bill 2014 (‘the Bill’) threatens to violate the human rights of all Tasmanians. ALHR is deeply concerned by the prospect of the Bill passing into law and urges the Tasmanian MLCs to reject the Bill as it is clearly inconsistent with International Human Rights law. The Bill’s proposed … Read More >>

ALHR and 63 other organisations call on Attorney-General to ratify OPCAT

posted on September 16, 2014

ALHR has endorsed an open letter to Attorney-General George Brandis calling on Australia to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT). The letter is available below. The letter has been endorsed by 64 organisations, including indigenous justice, legal, refugee, disability, medical and mental health organisations. Copies have also been sent to State and Territory Attorneys-General.

ALHR calls on UN to investigate proposed Tasmanian Anti-Protest laws

posted on August 26, 2014

A coalition of diverse community groups, including ALHR, has written to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights outlining their concerns at the proposed introduction of the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Bill 2014. The groups have called on three Special Rapporteurs to investigate the incompatibility of the Bill with obligations under international … Read More >>

ALHR Supports our Chinese Colleagues

posted on July 20, 2014

ALHR has written to the Chinese Ministry of Justice and All-China Lawyers Association raising concerns about the increasing harassment of lawyers in China. ALHR has called for the release of lawyers in detention and that the Chinese Government ensure protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments … Read More >>

Outcome of Human Rights Dialogue with China

posted on May 2, 2014

Below is an overview of the meeting between DFAT Deputy Secretary Gillian Bird and Australian NGO representatives to discuss the outcome of the recent Human Rights Dialogue with China.

The Need for a SA Parliamentary Committee to scrutinise bills for their Human Rights Impact

posted on April 29, 2014

ALHR has written to the South Australian Premier and Opposition Leader concerned that South Australia lacks a parliamentary committee that undertakes pre-enactment legislative scrutiny or post-legislative scrutiny of legislation for human rights impact, or indeed impact on any rights. ALHR has urged that South Australia put such a committee in place.

ALHR Signs Joint Letter to PM on Sri Lankan Torture

posted on November 27, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been asked to revoke his statement, made during his recent visit to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth summit, that suggested that the use of torture can be justified in “difficult circumstances”. In a joint letter, the Human Rights Law Centre, Human Rights Watch, the Castan Centre for Human Rights, … Read More >>