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Stifling democracy: global and local attacks on press freedom and protest rights | Peter Greste in conversation with Emily Howie

  • King & Wood Mallesons, Level 33. Waterfront Place 1 Eagle Street QLD 4000 (map)

The Human Rights Law Centre and Community Legal Centres Queensland are excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for a fantastic human rights event to be held in Brisbane.

Tuesday 31 May 2016
6pm-8pm (Programme starts at 6.30pm)
King & Wood Mallesons, Level 33. Waterfront Place 1 Eagle Street QLD 4000
Drinks and canapes provided
$45 NGO/$60 full price

Peter Greste in conversation with the HRLC’s Director of Advocacy and Research Emily Howie.

Update 24 May: Due to unexpected circumstances, Maina Kiai has had to cancel his Australia trip and can no longer speak at this event. 

EVENT SOLD OUT – for any queries contact Rachael at

Emily Howie has worked with the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) since 2009 protecting human rights in Australian foreign policy, defending democratic freedoms such as the right to vote as well as anti-racism and minority rights issues.  She also works on accountability for Australia’s actions overseas such as border protection measures and military cooperation, including Australia’s involvement in the US drone program.

Emily has a masters in law from Columbia University in New York. In 2012 she was awarded Columbia’s Leebron Human Rights Fellowship to conduct research on asylum seekers in Sri Lanka.

Prior to joining the HRLC, Emily worked as a Senior Associate with Allens Arthur Robinson, a legal adviser to the House of Representatives Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, and in the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Emily has substantial human rights litigation experience, including as a lead lawyer in Roach v Cth [2007] HCA 43, which established constitutional protection of the right to vote.

Peter Greste is an Australian-born journalist with 25 years experience as a foreign correspondent.

He covered the civil war in Yugoslavia and elections in South Africa as a freelance reporter, before joining the BBC as its Afghanistan correspondent in 1995. He went on to cover Latin America, the Middle East and Africa for the BBC where he has been since 2006.  In 2011 he won a Peabody Award for a BBC documentary on Somalia before joining Al Jazeera as its East Africa correspondent. In December 2013 he was covering Egypt on a short three-week assignment when he was arrested on terrorism charges. After a trial widely dismissed as a sham, he was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison.

In February the following year, after intense international pressure, he was deported under a presidential decree. As a result of the letters he wrote from prison in the defense of freedom of the press, he won a Walkley Award in Australia in 2014, and Royal Television Society and Tribeca Disruptive Inovator’s Awards in 2015. He has also been awarded the International Association of Press Clubs’ Freedom of Speech Award; and the Australian Human Rights Commission Medal. 

This event generously hosted by: King & Wood Mallesons