It’s time for Australia to walk the talk on human rights: ALHR welcomes Australian Human Rights Commission proposal for a Federal Human Rights Act

posted on March 8, 2023

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the launch of an Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Free & Equal Position Paper proposing a model for a Federal Human Rights Act. The AHRC’s proposals seek to create legal protections for the human rights of all people in Australia, and provide ways to seek justice if people’s … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers applaud bipartisan backing for outlawing Gay Conversion Therapy in NSW

posted on February 17, 2023

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has commended Premier Dominic Perrottet and Opposition Leader Chris Minns for publicly committing their parties support for measures to ban conversion therapy in New South Wales, irrespective of who wins government at the state election in March.  ALHR’s LGBTIQA+ Rights Committee Chair, Georgia Burke said, “ALHR welcomes this bipartisan position, … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers welcome path to permanent safety for temporary visa refugees

posted on February 13, 2023

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement that it will fulfill its pre-election commitment to end a decade of suffering by providing a path to permanent safety for refugees holding temporary protection visas.  Approximately 19,000 people who Australia has recognised as refugees, but who have been subjected to temporary visas under … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers slam Federal Government’s Migration Bill as ‘Cruel and Unnecessary’

posted on February 7, 2023

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is deeply concerned about the Albanese Government’s attempts to advance the Migration Amendment (Aggregate Sentences) Bill 2023 in the Senate.  Caitlin Caldwell, ALHR Chair of Refugee Rights said, “The Bill would make aggregate criminal sentences (a single sentence imposed for two or more changes within a case) a legal … Read More >>

Australia was integral to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but we’re still the only Western Democracy without a Federal Human Rights Framework

posted on December 11, 2022

Human Rights Day message from Kerry Weste President, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) This weekend we celebrated Human Rights Day and the 74th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a document which underpins all international human rights law. This year’s theme – freedom, dignity and justice for all – offers an opportunity … Read More >>

Joint statement of concern regarding suspension of UN Subcommittee on Torture visit to Australia following lack of co-operation in New South Wales and Queensland

posted on October 24, 2022

We express profound concern that the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has been forced to take the drastic measure of suspending its visit to Australia due to obstruction encountered while attempting to carrying out its mandate during its visit to Australia under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other … Read More >>

ACT Government commits to delivering accessible human rights complaints mechanism

posted on October 21, 2022

Human rights lawyers and social advocates have applauded the ACT Government’s commitment to immediately commence the process of legislating for an accessible complaints mechanism within the Human Rights Act 2004, giving Canberrans, whose human rights are breached, the ability to bring a complaint to the ACT Human Rights Commission for confidential conciliation.  ALHR President Kerry … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers welcome Queensland’s reforms to discrimination laws

posted on September 6, 2022

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights has welcomed a report released by the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) proposing amendments to strengthen and modernise the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (QLD).  The ‘Building belonging: Review of Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 Report’ proposes a series of significant reforms to increase the scope and effectiveness of the state’s anti-discrimination protections.  … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers welcome Western Australia’s reforms to anti-discrimination laws

posted on August 29, 2022

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has welcomed the West Australian Attorney-General John Quigley’s announcement that the state’s anti-discrimination laws will be modernised to provide stronger protections for women and LGBTIQA+ communities.  The reforms will implement most recommendations made by the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia (the Commission) in its review of the state’s … Read More >>

United Nations General Assembly recognises standalone right to a healthy environment: human rights experts call on Australia to act at home

posted on July 29, 2022

In a significant international development the United Nations General Assembly has today adopted a resolution recognising the right to a healthy environment as an essential human right by 161 votes in favour, no votes against and 8 abstentions. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) President Kerry Weste said, “ALHR commends Australia for supporting the international … Read More >>