LGBTIQ+ Young People At Risk in NSW

posted on January 29, 2021

Human Rights experts warn that One Nation’s “Education Bill” offends Australia’s international human rights obligations and standards of inquiry  Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has condemned Mark Latham’s Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020 (the Bill), and the present Portfolio Committee inquiry into it, as inherently flawed and an alarming risk to the … Read More >>

Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2021

posted on January 23, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) calls on all countries, including Australia, to ensure that lawyers are able to perform their professional obligations without fear of retribution.  On 24 January 2021, the 11th Day of the Endangered Lawyer, lawyers across the world are given a specific opportunity to reflect on the grave infringement of human … Read More >>

January 26 Events Celebrating Indigenous Culture

posted on January 23, 2021

Image from NITV Ignite ALHR appreciates that 26 January represents a very difficult period for many First Nations people. ALHR urges the Commonwealth Government to engage with the evolving debate regarding the appropriateness of celebrating Australia Day on 26 January, which for many First Nations people is a date synonymous with invasion, dispossession and a history and … Read More >>

Nuclear Ban Treaty enters into force without Australia’s support

posted on January 21, 2021

On Friday 22 January 2021 the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) comes into force, establishing a comprehensive set of international legal prohibitions on participating in any nuclear weapon activities. It does so without the support of Australia’s Federal Government. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) President Kerry Weste explains, “The … Read More >>

AGM documents and notice 2020/2021

posted on January 15, 2021

The ALHR Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on  22 February 2021 at 7:00pm AEST Please email to RSVP your attendance. Join Zoom Meeting Time: Feb 22, 2021 07:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney Meeting ID: 829 169 8142 Passcode: 1234 One tap mobile +61861193900,,8291698142#,,,,*1234# Australia +61871501149,,8291698142#,,,,*1234# Australia Dial by your location     … Read More >>

Afghan, Australian and international human rights and legal organisations call for public release of Justice Brereton’s Afghanistan Inquiry report

posted on October 31, 2020

Today, over 20 Afghan, Australian and international human rights and legal organisations, including ALHR, wrote to the Assistant Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force, Major General Justice Paul Brereton, urging him to commit to releasing the report of the Inquiry into allegations of breaches of international humanitarian law (IHL) by Australian special forces in Afghanistan. … Read More >>

89 Organisations sign joint statement opposing One Nation NSW’s Religion Bill

posted on October 23, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has joined 89 organisations in a joint statement and new website opposing One Nation’s Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 (the Bill) and supporting laws in NSW that protect everyone equally.  In August, ALHR made a detailed submission to the NSW Joint Select Committee condemning the proposed … Read More >>

We’ll always have Paris?

posted on September 6, 2020

UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE CHANGE LAW FROM AN AUSTRALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE 5:30pm (AEST) Wednesday 23 September 2020 Earn 1.5 CPD points and learn from international climate change and business and human rights experts. This virtual event co-hosted by Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and Johnson Winter & Slattery aims to provide participants with the fundamentals of … Read More >>

Senate urged to reject Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020.

posted on September 1, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has written urging the Senate to oppose the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020. ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “The Bill seeks to expand both the Minister’s powers to determine items to be ‘prohibited’ and authorised officers’ screening, search and seizure powers, in a way … Read More >>

Wear it Purple Day: Parliamentarians called upon to protect LGBTQIA+ young people

posted on August 26, 2020

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) celebrates Wear it Purple 2020, a day where schools and workplaces are encouraged to wear purple as a symbol of fostering supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for LGBTIQA+ young people.  ALHR LGBT Rights Co-chair Georgia Burke said, “Studies of LGBTIQA+ students have shown that these young people represent … Read More >>

Human Rights at a Local Level: The Case for a Human Rights Act for NSW

posted on August 26, 2020

ALHR is very proud to co-convene the Human Rights for NSW Alliance with NSWCCL, a campaign which brings together over 30 organisations who support the introduction of a Human Rights Act for NSW. We are thrilled to invite you to Affinity’s webinar episode in collaboration with NSW Council for Civil Liberties & Whitlam Institute.  Registration … Read More >>