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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 >>

Second open letter calling for immediate action to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the Australian criminal justice system

posted on April 9, 2020

ALHR has joined with 400 individuals and 11 organisations, in signing onto a second open letter calling for immediate action to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the Australian criminal justice system, especially prisons and youth detention centres. The letter seeks immediate action to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the … 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 >>

Welcoming Disability Campaign Launch

posted on March 9, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and Down Syndrome Australia invite you to join us this Thursday evening in Adelaide at the official launch of Welcoming Disability – a campaign calling for the urgent review of Australia’s current migration health laws. We are honoured to be hosting the eminent human rights expert Professor Mary Crock as … Read More >>

Religious Discrimination Bill fundamentally flawed – Australia needs a Human Rights Act for everyone

posted on February 12, 2020

The second exposure draft of the Morrison Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill is flawed, unworkable and at odds with Australia’s obligations under international human rights law. The Bill should be withdrawn in its entirety.  Rather than increasing protection against discrimination in Australia, it would create an anti-human rights situation whereby all Australians can potentially be harmed … Read More >>

Human Rights (Workers Rights) Amendment Bill 2019 (ACT)

posted on February 10, 2020

ALHR has made a submission and provided oral evidence to the ACT Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety’s public inquiry into the Human Rights (Workers Rights) Amendment Bill 2019 (the Bill) We commend the provision of explanatory material accompanying the exposure draft Bill that has been released for public consultation.  The Bill seeks to include … Read More >>

Workshop: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Building Capacity on Implementation and Reporting

posted on January 27, 2020

Call for Applications The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP), Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) and Youth Law Australia are calling for applications for a 2-day intensive training program to build knowledge and understanding of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), of the Australian reporting process to the UN Committee on the … Read More >>