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Webinar: Climate change and the rights of children

posted on August 17, 2021

Thank you for your interest in the Diplomacy Training Program’s Child Rights webinar series, in partnership with Youth Law Australia and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. Registration is now open for the next webinar in the Diplomacy Training Program’s Child Rights webinar series, in partnership with Youth Law Australia, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and the Australian … Read More >>

ALHR Webinar: In Conversation With The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Kate Eastman AM SC and Julian Burnside AO QC

posted on August 15, 2021

Please join us in conversation with three of Australia’s leading human rights advocates: The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Kate Eastman AM SC and Julian Burnside AO QC, as they share stories of their journey in the law and their experiences in advocating for human rights protections. This Australian Lawyers for Human Rights webinar, moderated by international human rights barrister, … Read More >>

Australia failing to uphold international commitment to right to housing

posted on August 7, 2021

This Homelessness Week, leading human rights lawyers are calling for laws to protect the fundamental right to adequate housing. More than 116,000 experience homelessness in Australia on any given night, with many more at risk of homelessness. The largest number of those experiencing homelessness are women and children escaping family violence. And many more women … Read More >>

Fortress Australia: Legal Body calls for rights of appeal for Australians denied exit permission under COVID-19 international travel restrictions 

posted on August 6, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has called on the Morrison Government to urgently fix its amended travel ban on Australians leaving the country so that decisions of the Australian Border Force (ABF) can be appealed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). ALHR’s Democratic Freedoms Chair Valerie Heath said, “Despite reports yesterday that Minister Andrews claims Australians … Read More >>

Respect at Work Bill does not go far enough

posted on July 24, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has expressed concern that the Federal Government’s Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021 (the Bill) does not go far enough to implement the sweeping and widespread reforms necessary to address sex-based harassment in Australian workplaces.  Cassandra Bourke, Co-Chair of ALHR’s Women and Girls’ Rights … Read More >>

Webinar: Climate change, the rights of children, and the duty of care

posted on July 21, 2021

Registrations are now open for the seventh webinar in the Diplomacy Training Program’s Child Rights webinar series, in partnership with Youth Law Australia and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights – “Climate change, the rights of children and the duty of care“ When: Thursday 29th July 2021 Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm AEST In response to the Government’s report on … Read More >>

Disability Community Calls For Reform After Discrimination Claims Become ‘Impossible To Prove’

posted on July 3, 2021

ALHR has joined with 46 organisations in an open letter led by  People With Disability Australia (PWDA) calling on the Commonwealth Attorney-General to rewrite Australia’s disability discrimination laws. ALHR Vice President and Chair of Disability Rights, Natalie Wade, is spokeswoman: “A frustrated alliance of lawyers and community organisations has lobbied the Commonwealth Attorney-General to rewrite Australia’s … Read More >>

Australia called on to join international efforts to end human rights abuses in China

posted on May 5, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Federal Government’s recent Joint statement with New Zealand on Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang, particularly its call on China to grant meaningful and unfettered access to Xinjiang for United Nations experts, and other independent observers. Madeleine Bridgett, Co-Chair of ALHR’s Business and Human Rights Subcommittee said, “There … Read More >>

India travel ban exposes gaping void in Australian human rights protections

posted on May 4, 2021

Australia’s leading association of human rights lawyers has published a briefing paper examining the Morrison Government’s moves to ban Australians from returning home. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) President Kerry Weste says, “The issue exposes a gaping void in Australian human rights protections – the absence of a Federal Human Rights Act.” “The travel … Read More >>

74 WA orgs call to end imprisonment of children under the age of 14 years

posted on May 3, 2021

Today, ALHR joins 74 Western Australian organisations in calling for WA to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) to 14 years. More than 70 NGOs and ACCOs in WA collectively endorsed the new report released by coalition Social Reinvestment WA, ‘A Pathway to a Brighter Future for Western Australia’s most at risk children’. … Read More >>

Submission on the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process Interim Report

posted on May 3, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has welcomed the opportunity to make a submission on the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process Interim Report to the Australian Government (Interim Report). Australia stands apart from the vast majority of developed countries in its failure to appropriately recognise First Nations people. We are the only developed Western Democracy bereft of … Read More >>