Human rights lawyers welcome Queensland’s reforms to discrimination laws

posted on September 6, 2022

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights has welcomed a report released by the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) proposing amendments to strengthen and modernise the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (QLD).  The ‘Building belonging: Review of Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 Report’ proposes a series of significant reforms to increase the scope and effectiveness of the state’s anti-discrimination protections.  … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers welcome Western Australia’s reforms to anti-discrimination laws

posted on August 29, 2022

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has welcomed the West Australian Attorney-General John Quigley’s announcement that the state’s anti-discrimination laws will be modernised to provide stronger protections for women and LGBTIQA+ communities.  The reforms will implement most recommendations made by the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia (the Commission) in its review of the state’s … Read More >>

Fair Work Amendment (Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2022

posted on August 29, 2022

ALHR has made a submission to the Senate Education and Employment Committee regarding the Fair Work Amendment (Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2022 (the Bill) which proposes to establish an entitlement  for ten days paid domestic and family violence leave, for all employees. Under international human rights law, it is well established that domestic … Read More >>

EOIs sought: Youth Chairs ALHR LGBTIQA+ Rights Committee

posted on July 29, 2022

There are still many areas in Australian society in which people from the LGBTIQA+ community experience unequal treatment and violations of their internationally recognised human rights. As such, this area is a critical focus of ALHR’s work. Over the past five years ALHR’s LGBTIQA+ Subcommittee has drafted numerous submissions to national and international bodies, issued … Read More >>

United Nations General Assembly recognises standalone right to a healthy environment: human rights experts call on Australia to act at home

posted on July 29, 2022

In a significant international development the United Nations General Assembly has today adopted a resolution recognising the right to a healthy environment as an essential human right by 161 votes in favour, no votes against and 8 abstentions. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) President Kerry Weste said, “ALHR commends Australia for supporting the international … Read More >>

Decision to send WA children to maximum security adult prison slammed as flagrant breach of international standards

posted on July 15, 2022

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has condemned the West Australian Government’s decision to transfer 20 children and young people from Banksia Hill Detention Centre (BHDC) to the maximum security adult Casuarina Prison stating there are “no circumstances that justify the placement of children in adult prison facilities.”  ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “Moving children … Read More >>

AGM documents and notice 2022

posted on June 13, 2022

The ALHR Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on 27 June at 7.00PM AEST Please email to RSVP your attendance.  Zoom meeting details: Topic: ALHR AGM Time: Jun 27, 2022 07:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 899 1748 8141 Passcode: 334848 One tap mobile +61871501149,,89917488141#,,,,*334848# Australia +61280156011,,89917488141#,,,,*334848# Australia Dial … Read More >>

A Healthy Environment For All: Australian lawyers among global alliance of over 1300 organisations calling for the UN General Assembly to affirm the Right to a Healthy Environment

posted on April 14, 2022

Ahead of the closing of the 76th UN General Assembly session, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR), together with an alliance of over 1300 civil society and Indigenous people organisations from around the globe, are calling on UN Member States to affirm the right to a healthy environment.  Following advocacy by the governments of Costa … Read More >>