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Submission on the Exposure Draft of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2017—Public Consultation on Cross-examination Amendment

posted on September 1, 2017

ALHR has made a submission to the Attorney General on the Exposure Draft of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2017—Public Consultation on Cross-examination Amendment Reform of family law is urgent as the human rights of women and children are being routinely infringed and access to justice is a particular … Read More >>

Submission to the AHRC Inquiry: Australia’s implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT)

posted on August 31, 2017

ALHR made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission on the Australian Government’s implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). On 9 February 2017, the Australian Government announced that it intends to ratify the OPCAT by December 2017 and ALHR welcomed … Read More >>

Lawyers reject Dutton’s attack on Australian values and Australian lawyers

posted on August 29, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) condemn Peter Dutton’s attack on our legal system and his attempt to redefine what Australians really stand for. The Minister’s total disregard for each and every person’s right to have legal representation, not just in Australia, but around the world, is extremely worrying. President of ALHR, Benedict Coyne said, “In … Read More >>

PARLIAMENTARY MOTION TO RESETTLE REFUGEES FROM MANUS AND NAURU

posted on August 25, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the motion in the ACT Legislative Assembly today declaring the ACT Government’s willingness to settle refugees from Manus Island and Nauru. The motion acknowledges that refugees in offshore processing centres have been subjected to violent attacks, sexual violence, inadequate medical care, and harassment. It requests the Federal Government … Read More >>

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS WELCOME NEW INTIMATE IMAGE ABUSE LAWS IN A.C.T

posted on August 25, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Crimes (Intimate Image Abuse) Amendment Bill 2017 (ACT) which now makes it illegal to share an intimate photo without consent. The Crimes (Intimate Image Abuse) Amendment Bill 2017 (ACT) makes it a crime to publish, or threaten to publish, intimate photos and images. The punishment is up … Read More >>

Inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism

posted on August 18, 2017

ALHR has made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism. Read our Media Release Here This Inquiry seeks to examine how the Australian legal system deters organ trafficking and what more can be done to prevent this offence from occurring … Read More >>

Lawyers call out Tasmanian Government’s calculated move to push hate speech protection laws through Parliament before the federal survey on marriage equality.

posted on August 17, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) strongly urges the Tasmanian Parliament to reject the Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016, which ALHR understands is to be debated in the Tasmanian Legislative Council today The Bill proposes to amend the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 to remove legal protections against discrimination and speech which incites hatred and ridicule for religious … Read More >>

Human Rights in Western Australia: An ALHR Panel Discussion

posted on August 16, 2017

Please join Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) for an inspiring evening of discussion and reflection about the state of human rights protections in Western Australia. We will be joined by esteemed panelists Hon Chris Evans, Catherine Eagle and John Southalan About Our Panelists Hon Chris Evans is CEO of the Global Freedom Network, an organisation … Read More >>

Lawyers reject undemocratic postal opinion poll on the human rights issue of marriage equality

posted on August 16, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) condemns the Australian Government’s decision to invite voluntary postal views from some Australian voters on the human rights issue of marriage equality. “We support the current constitutional challenge to the funding of this divisive and ridiculous proposal which will not produce a statistically meaningful outcome and is, unhappily, likely … Read More >>