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ALHR Launches Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Subcommittee

posted on March 23, 2019

ALHR is very pleased to announce the launch of a new Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Subcommittee chaired by Charlie Faulder. Charlie is very much looking forward to leading ALHR’s advocacy in an area of human rights that are often neglected. If you are interested in joining this very important subcommittee please see below for further information. About Charlie Faulder Charlie is … Read More >>

ALHR launches new national Children’s Rights Subcommittee

posted on March 23, 2019

ALHR is very pleased to announce the launch of a new Children’s Rights Subcommittee co-chaired by Professor Rita Shackel and ALHR President, Kerry Weste. Children’s Rights are an area of key strategic priority for ALHR and this subcommittee aims to increase the volume and impact of our advocacy. About Professor Rita Shackel Rita Shackel is a Professor … Read More >>

Human Rights for NSW

posted on March 23, 2019

ALHR is very pleased to be working with the NSW Council for Civil Liberties to co-convene Human Rights for NSW, an alliance of leading legal, civil society and community organisations who support the introduction of a Human Rights Act in New South Wales. NSW is lagging behind more progressive states like Victoria, the ACT and Queensland in protecting the most vulnerable members of our … Read More >>

Law reform is much needed if human rights are important to Tasmanians

posted on March 19, 2019

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has written to Tasmanian MPs to urge them to vote for amendments to the Justice and Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill 2018 currently before the Tasmanian Legislative Council. The Bill includes proposed amendments to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1999 which will positively impact transgender, intersex and … Read More >>

School Climate Strikes: Children’s rights

posted on March 15, 2019

Leading human rights lawyers have spoken out in support of students’ right to attend today’s climate change strikes. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights President Kerry Weste said, “Today 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 >>

Australia slammed for refusal to support call for ‘access to safe abortion’ at United Nations

posted on March 13, 2019

The Morrison Government is facing heavy criticism over Australia’s refusal to sign an International Women’s Day statement at the United Nations, which called for safe access to abortion and improved sexual health education. A total of 57 states signed on to the statement which called for accountability for human rights violations perpetrated against women and … Read More >>

Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme: ALHR Position Paper

posted on March 8, 2019

ALHR has published a position paper on the Federal Government’s Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme. ALHR is concerned that there are widespread misunderstandings about the nature of the legislation, in particular internal inconsistencies in the amended legislation as ultimately enacted, and in the fact sheets issued for the guidance of the public by Attorney-General’s Department. In … Read More >>

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 >>