ALHR Condemns Australian Government Refusal to Cooperate with UN

posted on September 30, 2015

ALHR condemns the Australian Government’s refusal to assure complete freedom of inquiry to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Francois Crépaeu, during his planned visit to Australia, forcing him to postpone the visit.   Mr Crépaeu said that he was forced to postpone his visit to Australia because the Australian Government … Read More >>

ALHR deeply concerned about delayed police reporting of alleged assault of people with disabilities

posted on September 8, 2015

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is deeply concerned by reports last week of the ACT Government’s mishandling of alleged assault and abuse of people with disabilities in institutional settings in Canberra.   Nathan Kennedy, President, ALHR explains “the right for people living in institutional and residential settings to be free from exploitation, violence and … Read More >>

Leading Australian Human Rights Lawyers commend Queensland ALP on Rights Leadership

posted on September 1, 2015

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) commends the Palaszczuk government for taking strong leadership on repairing Queensland’s broken record of human rights protection. Over the weekend, the ALP State conference moved to adopt a motion for the Queensland Government to conduct a Parliamentary Inquiry into a Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities during this term. … Read More >>

NSW Brothels must be accessible to people with disabilities

posted on August 20, 2015

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is pleased to make a submission to the NSW Legislative Assembly Select Committee inquiring into the regulation of brothels in NSW. The regulation of brothels considers many human rights concerns, including the rights of people with disabilities. The right to sexual expression and equal choice are fundamental human rights … Read More >>

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) supports presumption of innocence and fair trials, argues automatic termination of citizenship is discriminatory and counterproductive

posted on July 21, 2015

“ALHR believes that Australia should deal with Australian criminals and terrorists in our own courts and not put them beyond the reach of Australian law by terminating their citizenship” says ALHR President Nathan Kennedy about the Federal Government’s proposed amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act.   “Nor do we agree with automatic termination of citizenship for … Read More >>

ALHR endorses concerns about Australian Border Force Act

posted on July 1, 2015

“ALHR endorses the concerns expressed in the open letter published today from 40 medical, educational and humanitarian detention centre staff” says President Nathan Kennedy. “The Border Force Act imposes disproportionate and unreasonable penalties upon Australians. It infringes rights to free speech” says Mr Kennedy. “It overrides the ethical obligations of health workers, and even their … Read More >>

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights calls on Government to do more to oppose the death penalty in our region following the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

posted on April 29, 2015

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is deeply saddened to hear of the execution by firing squad of Mr Andrew Chan and Mr Myuran Sukumaran. Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones. These young men had been genuinely rehabilitated and demonstrated an understanding of the criminal nature of their acts and the tragic … Read More >>

Child with a disability denied human rights by Migration Review Tribunal

posted on April 7, 2015

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) are appalled by the decision of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to refuse mother Maria Sevilla a skilled working visa for her and her son Tyrone to stay in Australia.  Ms Sevilla appealed that decision to the Migration Review Tribunal which has rejected the application, resulting in … Read More >>

Australia Slides Backwards on Human Rights as Abbott Rejects United Nations Torture Findings

posted on March 13, 2015

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, has delivered a report finding that Australia is violating the UN Convention Against Torture by detaining children in immigration detention, and holding asylum seekers in dangerous and violent conditions in offshore processing centres. Following comments that Australians were “sick of being lectured to by the United Nations”, … Read More >>