Disability Royal Commission recommends review of disability and health discrimination in Australia’s migration laws

posted on October 16, 2023

Welcoming Disability, a joint civil society campaign led by Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) and Down Syndrome Australia, has welcomed the Disability Royal Commission’s recommendation to review discriminatory migration health requirements, which have been described as archaic and degrading by leading disability advocates. Under Australia’s current legal framework otherwise fully eligible visa applicants and … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers highlight flaws in NSW Government’s approach to Religious Vilification

posted on June 29, 2023

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has highlighted serious flaws in the New South Wales Government’s Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Vilification) Bill 2023 (the Bill). The Bill seeks to include religious vilification as an offence under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Under the Bill, it would become unlawful to publicly invite hatred towards or severely ridicule … Read More >>

AGM Notice and Documents 2023

posted on June 12, 2023

The ALHR Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on 26 June at 7.00PM AEST Please email to RSVP your attendance.  Zoom meeting details:   Topic: ALHR AGM 2023 Time: Jun 26, 2023 07:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 832 8669 1499 Passcode: 502291 — One tap mobile +61370182005,,83286691499#,,,,*502291# Australia +61731853730,,83286691499#,,,,*502291# … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers slam attempts to ram through anti-protest laws in SA

posted on May 19, 2023

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is deeply troubled by the South Australian Government’s attempts to rush through new anti-protest laws, which threaten to breach Australia’s international human rights law obligations.  The Summary Offences (Obstruction of Public Places) Amendment Bill 2023 (the Bill) seeks to introduce a number of changes, including increasing the penalty for … Read More >>

EOI’s Sought: ALHR National Women and Girls’ Rights Committee

posted on May 16, 2023

EOI’s Sought: Senior Co-Chair & Deputy Chair Join ALHR’s incumbent Senior Co-Chair, Dr Tania Penovic, in leading our National Women and Girls’ Rights Committee There are still many areas in Australian society in which women and girls experience unequal treatment and violations of their internationally recognised human rights. As such this area is a critical … Read More >>

Submission on the National Strategy to Achieve Gender Equality

posted on May 13, 2023

In late April ALHR provided a submission to the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet as part of the consultation on the National Strategy for Gender Equality (the National Strategy). Australia’s latest Status of Women Report Card, released 8 March 2023, made plain that women are still facing persistent, entrenched and systemic inequality. Women in Australia … Read More >>

ALHR supports an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament

posted on May 12, 2023

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and advocacy towards a ‘yes’ vote in the Referendum on a First Nations Voice to Parliament. ALHR acknowledges the importance of the referendum on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament and its significance, together with Treaty and Truth-Telling, in … Read More >>

2023 Federal Budget delivers some welcome measures but fails to deliver on ICESCR rights to the maximum of Australia’s available resources.

posted on May 10, 2023

While the Budget has delivered many positive cost of living measures, more must be done to guarantee greater immediate protections of Australians’ economic and social rights.   Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Albanese Government’s commitment to developing a Wellbeing Framework for budget and fiscal policy and the $14.6 billion four-year cost-of-living package included … Read More >>