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ALHR Event: Zoom discussion on COVID-19 and its human rights dimensions

posted on June 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant effect on individuals, communities and governments.  Please join ALHR for a Zoom panel discussion to discuss the impact of the virus on our economic, social, cultural, and civil and political rights.  The discussion will have a particular focus on the impact of the virus on the human rights of vulnerable groups … Read More >>

Action on manifestly unjust and illegal ‘Robodebt’ long overdue.

posted on June 2, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Federal Government’s long overdue commitment to reverse the harm caused by its illegal ‘Robodebt’ system, noting the system has destroyed lives. ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “Since the scheme was introduced in mid-2016, advocates have been consistently alerting the responsible Ministers, including the treasurer at the time, … Read More >>

Sorry Day 2020

posted on May 27, 2020

ALHR acknowledges and recognises members of the Stolen Generations and the impact of their forced removal and separation from their families, communities and country. Sorry means you never do it again. Sorry means action beyond symbolism. #SorryDay2020 #auspol #UluruStatement

Public consultation paper on the International Strategy on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

posted on May 17, 2020

ALHR has made a submission in response to the public consultation paper (Consultation Paper) on the International Strategy on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (2020 Strategy).  ALHR welcomes the 2020 Strategy as an ongoing commitment of the Australian Government in supporting international efforts to help eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery. The 2020 Strategy will … Read More >>

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 >>