Abortion decriminalised in NSW

posted on September 26, 2019 Abortion law reform

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has welcomed the passage today of historic laws to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales. ALHR President Kerry Weste said “We are extremely pleased that, after many, many years of advocacy the law in New South Wales will finally be updated to remove archaic provisions criminalising abortion.”  “New South … Read More >>

School Strike for Climate

posted on September 18, 2019

Leading human rights lawyers have spoken out in support of students’ right to attend Friday’s climate change strikes.  Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) President Kerry Weste said, “ALHR stands with children and young people around Australia as they exercise their internationally-recognised human rights to peaceful assembly, freedom of speech and to be heard.” “The … Read More >>

Assisted dying legislation passes WA’s Lower House

posted on September 11, 2019

Last week, an overwhelming majority of the Western Australian Parliament’s lower house passed a Bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia. The introduction of the Voluntary Assisted  Dying Bill 2019 (Bill) is the culmination of two recent major reports that involved  significant community consultation across Western Australia and an examination of the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Act … Read More >>

Improvements to transgender and gender diverse rights in Victoria an integral human rights reform

posted on August 29, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (“ALHR”) commends the Victorian Parliament for passing the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2019 (“the Bill”).  The bill will remove the current requirement for transgender people to undergo sex reassignment surgery before updating their birth certificate, and will allow transgender people to self-nominate their sex as male, female … Read More >>

Dismay at delay of vote on NSW abortion Bill

posted on August 21, 2019

Australia’s leading association of human rights lawyers has criticised yesterday’s decision to delay a vote on the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 which was expected to occur in the NSW Upper House this week. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) President Kerry Weste said, “ALHR is very disappointed to see the critical vote on … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers applaud Victoria Police apology to LGBTQI community but call for parliamentary inquiry into response to hate crimes

posted on August 20, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) congratulates  Victorian Police for issuing an official apology to the LGBTQI community acknowledging the historical harm associated with its enforcement of laws criminalising  homosexuality. ALHR’s LGBTI Rights Subcommittee Chair, Georgia Burke said, “ALHR welcomes  this important public recognition of the unnecessary and unacceptable treatment of LGBTQI Victorians. . However, … Read More >>

Human Rights lawyers welcome continued work of UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and urge Australia to show leadership

posted on August 1, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has welcomed a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. The mandate of the Independent Expert was established in 2016, and is currently held by Costa-Rican jurist Victor Madrigal-Borloz. In the lead up to the UNHRC … Read More >>

It’s time. Abortion is healthcare, not a crime.

posted on July 30, 2019

Australia’s leading association of human rights lawyers has written to members of the New South Wales Parliament expressing strong support for the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 which, if passed, will remove archaic criminal penalties for abortion from the NSW Criminal Code and create a standalone healthcare Act to regulate the procedure.  Australian Lawyers … Read More >>

Medevac legislation is vital and should not be repealed

posted on July 29, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has condemned the Federal Government’s attempt to repeal the Medevac legislation via the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019, which passed the House of Representatives last week, and is calling on the Senate to vote against the Bill. “Since the Medevac legislation came into force on 2 March … Read More >>

Full Federal Court unable to investigate or remedy potential human rights breaches in Adani project negotiations

posted on July 19, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has expressed support for members of the Wangan and Jagalingou (‘W&J’) People following the loss of their appeal in the Full Federal Court. The Court has upheld the validity of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) and ordered the W&J traditional owners pay Adani’s legal costs. Justice Melissa Perry … Read More >>

Court highlights need for Medevac laws while UN experts urge Australian to provide vital medical care to critically ill people in offshore facilities.

posted on June 22, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has welcomed this week’s Federal Court judgment, which held that the Federal Government must consider applications for refugees on Manus and Nauru made under the Medevac legislation which are made in accordance with ordinary Australian medical practices. ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “This decision recognises that people should not … Read More >>

Australian Government should act following findings of Independent tribunal on forced organ harvesting in China

posted on June 19, 2019

The Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting of Prisoners of Conscience in China (the China Tribunal) in the United Kingdom, has unanimously concluded that China is harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience. The judgment also found, beyond reasonable doubt, that acts of murder, torture, rape, extermination, violation of fundamental rules of international law, deprivation of … Read More >>