Dear friends I’m delighted to share the Human Rights Law Centre’s Annual Report for 2018 with you.
We have made progress on many fronts this year, working closely as always with our pro bono and community partners.
Highlights over the year include:
Our lifesaving legal action to evacuate children and their families from Nauru.
Playing an important role in fixing laws that would have crippled the ability of charities and community groups to advocate for law and policy change.
Our work pushing governments to raise the age of criminal responsibility and stopping routine strip searches and solitary confinement in jails.
Helping to achieve the decriminalisation of abortion in Queensland.
Launching the campaign for an Australian Charter of Human Rights and supporting the campaign for a Queensland Human Rights Act.
Helping to secure new laws to tackle modern slavery.
Launching major reports to expose the profound harm of gay conversion therapy and to tackle hate crime.
We end the year proud of our achievements and with renewed resolve to tackle the work that remains unfinished, and in particular ensuring safety and freedom for every single one of the 1,100 innocent people still held on Manus and Nauru after five long years.
The Human Rights Law Centre’s success is only possible because of the support of our partners and people like you.
We thank everyone who supported our work this year and look forward to working together in 2019.
Cathy Branson AC, QC
Chair of the Board
Human Rights Law Centre