Tasmania becomes third state to pass voluntary assisted dying legislation

posted on March 24, 2021

Leading human rights lawyers have applauded yesterday’s passage of Tasmania’s End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020.  ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “We congratulate the Tasmanian parliament on this important legislation that provides terminally-ill Tasmanians who meet the relevant criteria with the autonomy to make informed decisions about their medical treatment and the timing and … Read More >>

Webinar – “Addressing Poverty: children’s rights and Australia’s obligations”

posted on March 22, 2021

Please join us for the fourth webinar in the Diplomacy Training Program’s Child Rights webinar series, in partnership with Youth Law Australia and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights – “Addressing Poverty: children’s rights and Australia’s obligations.” When: Wednesday 24th March 2021 Time: 9:00am – 10:00am AEDT Poverty impacts on children’s rights in specific ways. In the context of recommendations from UN … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers say ‘no’ to proposed consent app

posted on March 20, 2021

Australia’s leading association of human rights lawyers has criticised NSW Police Commissioner, Mick Fuller’s, suggestion that the creation of a phone app to record sexual consent could provide a solution to the growing issue of sexual assault. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is concerned that the app proposal fundamentally misunderstands the nature of consent … Read More >>

Release of Medically Transferred Refugees from Immigration Detention

posted on March 5, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Federal Government’s decision to release a number of refugees from immigration detention who were previously transferred from offshore processing to Australia for vital medical treatment.  Caitlin Caldwell, Co-Chair of ALHR’s Refugee Rights Subcommittee said, “ALHR calls on the Federal Government to urgently release all medically-evacuated refugees who … Read More >>

Take action: stand with ALHR against Latham’s harmful “Education Bill”

posted on February 17, 2021

Please help ALHR to stand up for the human rights of trans and gender diverse children in NSW by urgently registering your opposition to Mark Latham’s harmful Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill NSW. The NSW Parliament’s Portfolio Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into the Bill and is receiving submissions from the public via the completion … Read More >>

More than 155 stakeholders oppose Federal Government’s Bill to abolish specialist Family Court

posted on February 16, 2021

ALHR stands with more than 155 stakeholders from a wide range of professions and community organisations in opposing the Government’s deeply flawed legislation to abolish the specialist, stand-alone Family Court. This rushed Bill risks the safety of survivors of family violence. On 11 November 2019 ALHR signed an open letter to the Federal Attorney-General ahead … Read More >>

Open letter in support of of Termination of Pregnancy Bill SA

posted on February 15, 2021

ALHR is very pleased to have joined more than thirty organisations in signing an open letter led by Fair Agenda and the South Australian Abortion Coalition to expressing our strong support for the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020 in its current form. The Bill promotes the autonomy, dignity and wellbeing of patients who need to … Read More >>

Inviting EOIs for Co-Chair ALHR National Women and Girls’ Rights Subcommittee

posted on February 8, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is seeking expressions of interest from experienced lawyers to Co-Chair our National Women and Girls’ Rights Subcommittee. 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 focus … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers applaud Victorian MPs for outlawing Gay Conversion Therapy

posted on February 5, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) congratulates Victorian Members of Parliament who voted to secure the passage of the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 (VIC). ALHR’s LGBTI Rights Subcommittee Chair, Georgia Burke said, “ALHR welcomes  this important legislation which protects vulnerable members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender and gender diverse community … Read More >>