Modern Discrimination highlighted: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) 2020

posted on May 15, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has issued a statement recognising  the importance of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) this Sunday, May 17.  ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “This year’s IDAHOBIT day marks 30 years since the World Health Organisation  removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. While … Read More >>

Conduct of Victoria Police towards former AFL Coach Dean Laidly

posted on May 7, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (“ALHR”) is deeply concerned  by the recent conduct of members of the Victorian Police in taking and sharing photos of a person being interviewed in custody.  Reports on news.com.au show pictures of the person wearing a blonde wig and a dress. ALHR is further concerned that members of the media … Read More >>

Australian Government must protect most vulnerable in supply chains during COVID-19 pandemic

posted on April 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is having globally unprecedented impacts as nations battle the health and economic implications of the virus. The International Labour Organization estimates that around 25 million jobs might be lost worldwide, pushing people into unemployment or under-employment. This increases the vulnerability of workers to exploitation.      Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the … Read More >>

It’s time to tackle Australia’s discrimination against migrants with disabilities

posted on March 11, 2020

Welcoming Disability Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) and Down Syndrome Australia have launched a new national campaign, Welcoming Disability, to address the discrimination faced by people with a disability applying to migrate to Australia. People are being refused Australian visas simply because they have a disability or health issue, even though they meet all … Read More >>

Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2020

posted on January 24, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) calls on all countries, including Australia, to ensure that lawyers are able to perform their professional obligations without fear of retribution. On 24 January 2020, the 10th Day of the Endangered Lawyer, lawyers across the world are given a specific opportunity to reflect on the grave infringement of human … Read More >>

ALHR 2019 Human Rights Report Card

posted on January 5, 2020

The 2019 Human Rights Report Card from Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has shown some states and territories dropping significantly in their human rights performance for the year. While others flatlined in 2019, too few showed any improvement. Several key performance areas, such as disability, LGBTI and refugee rights also went backwards in 2019 … Read More >>

Medevac legislation is vital and should not be repealed

posted on November 28, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) joins more than 5,000 doctors and calls on the Senate to retain the Medevac legislation. “The Medevac legislation has contributed to ensuring that vulnerable people receive vital medical treatment when they need it,” said Jessica Bayley, Chair of ALHR’s Refugee Rights Committee. “It creates a vital framework whereby the … Read More >>

Queensland government proposal to fast-track anti-protest laws condemned

posted on October 10, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) strongly condemns the Queensland government’s proposal to fast track the passing of anti-protest laws without full and proper public and stakeholder consultation. On Wednesday this week, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk indicated that the government will push the Summary Offences and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (the Bill) through parliament … Read More >>

‘Robodebt’ violates international law

posted on October 2, 2019

In a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs inquiry into Centrelink’s compliance program Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has called for urgent reform, noting the system violates international law and is manifestly unjust. ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “The automated system, ‘Robodebt’, remains deeply problematic and raises significant human rights concerns, … Read More >>

WA Government introduces vital reforms

posted on October 2, 2019

Western Australian Government applauded for Bill to cancel warrants for unpaid fines and long awaited roll out of Custody Notification Service. Last Thursday the West Australian Government tabled a bill in Parliament to cancel all unserved warrants for unpaid fines and on Wednesday, after many years of lobbying, a life-saving Custody Notification Service (CNS) went … Read More >>