Leading Australian Human Rights Lawyers welcome a new era of human rights protection in Queensland

posted on March 7, 2019

Leading Australian human rights lawyers congratulate the Queensland Government for passing the Human Rights Bill.  The Act will protect a broad range of human rights, including fundamental civil and political rights, the economic, social and cultural rights to education and health services and the cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  It establishes … Read More >>

Medical practitioners are best placed to make decisions about the medical treatment a person needs

posted on February 8, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) repeats its call on the Australian Government to urgently commit to ensuring a safe and a viable future for every person transferred from Australia to Nauru and Papua New Guinea in line with Australia’s international human rights obligations. “Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s recent comments about the Migration Amendment (Urgent … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers congratulate Behrouz Boochani on winning Victorian Prize for Literature and call for all people transferred to Manus Island and Nauru to be brought to safety

posted on February 4, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) congratulates Behrouz Boochani, whose book, No Friend But the Mountains: Writings from Manus Prison, was awarded both the Victorian Prize for Literature and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction last week and renews its call on the Australian Government to urgently commit to ensuring a safe and viable … Read More >>

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights supports the Day of the Endangered Lawyer

posted on January 24, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) calls on all countries to ensure that lawyers are able to perform their professional obligations without fear of retribution. ALHR has always been saddened by news of lawyers facing consequences such as being silenced, harassed, kidnapped, imprisoned, injured and killed for fulfilling their roles as advocates. On 24 January … Read More >>

ALHR 2018 Human Rights Report

posted on January 12, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE The 2018 Human Rights Report Card from Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has found Australia continues to significantly lag in key areas such as Indigenous rights, children’s rights, disability rights, freedoms and LGBTI rights. Further, many states and territories continued to perform poorly in their approach to human rights. ALHR President, Kerry … Read More >>

Abuse survivors now able to sue unincorporated entities, including churches, directly

posted on January 9, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has congratulated the NSW Government on changes to implement recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sex Abuse and address an anomaly which previously prevented child abuse victims from suing unincorporated entities such as churches. Known as the “Ellis defence”, this defence was essentially based on the argument … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers make New Year call for immediate removal of religious exemptions in discrimination laws

posted on January 8, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has made a New Year call on the Australian Prime Minister to give immediate effect to his 2018 promise to remove religious exemptions to discrimination laws affecting LGBT students and teachers in Australian schools. ALHR says  that the Morrison Government’s proposed amendments to the ALP’s Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing … Read More >>

Recommendations of Ruddock Review into religious freedom criticised: What Australians really need is a Federal Human Rights Act

posted on December 13, 2018

Leading human rights lawyers have expressed grave concerns at some of the recommendations of the Ruddock Review into ‘religious freedom,’ released today, seven months after it was provided to the Government. In response to the recommendations, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has joined the Law Council of Australia in calling on the Morrison Government … Read More >>

The Creation of Equality Australia welcomed as an important step in a post-marriage equality era

posted on December 12, 2018

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the launch of Equality Australia, as a positive and necessary step toward a more inclusive Australia. ALHR’s LGBTI Committee co-chair, Nicholas Stewart, said, “Equality Australia was born out of the successful Australian Marriage Equality campaign which in 2017 was integral to ensuring support for equal marriage laws in … Read More >>