2 December 2013
Marriage equality advocates, defending laws allowing same-sex couples to marry, will tomorrow apply to intervene in the Australian Government’s attempt to strike down the ACT's new same-sex marriage laws in the High Court.
Freedom of expression and freedom from racial hatred: the racial vilification provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act explained
27 November 2013
The right to freedom of expression is the cornerstone of our society The right to freedom of opinion and freedom of expression is essential to Australian society. Freedom of opinion...
26 November 2013
In response to comments made by the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during his visit to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth, the Human Rights Law Centre wrote a joint letter...
26 November 2013
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been asked to revoke his statement, made during his recent visit to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth summit, that suggested that the use of torture can be justified in “difficult circumstances”.
In a joint letter, the Human Rights Law Centre, Human Rights Watch, the Castan Centre for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights have urged the Prime Minister to make a strong public statement that the Australian government always deplores the use of torture and that torture can never be justified.
The Human Rights Law Centre’s Director of Advocacy & Research, Emily Howie, said that the Prime Minister’s statements are inconsistent with Australian law and many international treaties to which Australia is a party, including the Geneva Conventions.
14 November 2013
If we don't stand against war crimes and crimes against humanity resulting in the death of 40,000 people, what do we stand for? asks the HRLC's Emily Howie
13 November 2013
Australia must publicly acknowledge and condemn the human rights and rule of law crisis in Sri Lanka particularly given the escalation of international condemnation of Sri Lanka’s human rights record ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) in Colombo.
12 November 2013
Public housing eviction decisions must be both fair and transparent writes Benedict Bartl, a solicitor with the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania.