Abandoning further human rights STILL does not make us safer

posted on October 9, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) renews its call for a Commonwealth Human Rights Act amid fears the Australian Government is once more abandoning vital principles that form the bedrock of our criminal justice system in knee-jerk anti-terror proposals – this time involving extended incarceration without charge, a database of biometric facial recognition of all … Read More >>

How a human rights viewpoint can help combat youth suicide

posted on October 9, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) supports those submissions to the NSW Parliamentary Committee on Children and Young People’s current Inquiry into the prevention of youth suicide which call for improvements to the care of LGBTI students and for improvements to school anti-bullying and teaching programmes. “It is extremely disturbing,” say LGBTI Committee Co-Chairs Nicholas … Read More >>

Stop the Deaths

posted on October 9, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is extremely saddened by the recent death of a man on Manus Island. Scott Cosgriff, co-chair of ALHR’s Refugee Rights Subcommittee said, “This is the ninth death since offshore processing began in August 2012 and the second on Manus in only the last two months.” “This tragedy, like those … Read More >>

Human Rights responses to arguments against a YES vote

posted on October 2, 2017

ALHR would like to share with you some human rights-based responses to some of the main arguments being put forward by the ‘no’ campaign. It is not true that: ‘LGBTI couples already have the same legal rights as married couples in Australia’     Check out the following resources for an explanation of some of … Read More >>


posted on September 25, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is pleased to announce the success of its event, ‘Human Rights in Western Australia – An ALHR Panel Discussion’, held in Perth on the evening of Thursday 14 September 2017. ALHR was joined by esteemed panellists Chris Evans, CEO of Walk Free Foundation, Catherine Eagle, Principal Solicitor of Welfare … Read More >>

Australian NGO coalition submission to the UN Human Rights Committee, for Australia’s review in October 2017

posted on September 23, 2017

ALHR is proud to be amongst a coalition of non-government organisations (NGOs) from across Australia who have contributed to this report to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee (the Committee). The report examines Australia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The report is intended to inform the Committee’s sixth review … Read More >>

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) Speaks out in Support of 56 Lawyers Summarily Suspended in Maldives After Calling for Judicial Reform

posted on September 20, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has joined a number of prominent international non-governmental organisations in calling on the Supreme Court of the Maldives to rescind the indefinite suspension of 56 lawyers who signed a joint petition raising concerns over the conduct of the judiciary and calling for judicial reforms and independence. Following receipt of … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers call for Australia to take action on organ trafficking and organ tourism

posted on September 19, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism. The Inquiry is seeking to examine whether Australia’s federal criminal laws should extend to conduct that occurs overseas, and whether Australia … Read More >>