10 May 2013
The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR) entered into force on 10 May 2013, three months after its tenth ratification. OP-ICESCR establishes three...
Australia should defend judicial independence and human rights in Sri Lanka by supporting calls to relocate CHOGM
8 March 2013
In November 2013, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is due to be held in Sri Lanka. Ignoring international calls for the venue to be changed, including from the Canadian Government, Australia has indicated it will attend the meeting.
24 January 2013
On 24 January 2013, Nauru acceded to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), committing the Nauruan Government to establish an independent body to visit and review places in Nauru where people are deprived of their liberty.
Foreign Correspondent: Australia’s Role at the 11th Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
20 December 2012
The 11th Session of Assembly of States Parties for the International Criminal Court took place in The Hague from 14–21 November 2012. At the Assembly, States Parties emphasised their ongoing...
19 December 2012
The UN Human Rights Committee has asked Australia to explain how a range of laws, policies and practices are compatible with international human rights standards ahead of a major review of Australia’s human rights record.
12 December 2012
The Human Rights Law Centre has submitted an appeal for urgent action to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in relation to the situation of a group of eight Tamil asylum seekers who have travelled to Australia from Sri Lanka by boat.
10 December 2012
On Human Rights Day, the HRLC's Phil Lynch reflects on the movement's wins, losses and lessons from the last decade.