Australians can be justifiably proud of our democratic institutions and culture. We have a strong, inclusive electoral system based on the idea of a universal suffrage. But we can’t take our voting rights for granted.Read More
Thanks to everyone who helped make the 10 Years of Impact: Human Rights Dinners in Melbourne and Sydney such a success. Much fun was had and the events raised over $90,000. Thanks to all who either bid competitively in our fundraising auctions or generously made donations. This support is absolutely critical to our work.Read More
Spanish giant Ferrovial has been warned in a new investor alert that it will be exposed to serious legal, financial and reputation risks associated with the Australian offshore detention centres, if its takeover bid for Broadspectrum is successful.Read More
The HRLC has joined with Human Rights Watch to produce a report detailing how Australia can “lift its game” on human rights at home and abroad in order to strengthen its bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council.Read More
Australia’s steadily deteriorating human rights performance has been highlighted in a major report compiled by nearly 200 organisations around Australia. It will be presented to the United Nation’s peak human rights body in the lead up to a major review of Australia that takes place every four years.Read More
The Human Rights Law Centre and has made public the legal advice it obtained from Mr Bret Walker SC and Perry Herzfeld, on behalf of Australian Marriage Equality, that confirms that the NSW Same-Sex Marriage Bill would be constitutionally valid. The advice follows reports that the Bill will be introduced and debated in the NSW Upper House on October 31st.Read More
The work, functioning and status of the UN Human Rights Council will be reviewed in 2011. An open-ended working group established by the Council to discuss this review is scheduled for 25 to 29 October 2010. On 20 October 2010, the HRLRC made a Submission to the Working Group on the Review of the UN Human Council Review in Geneva.
The submission considers ways to strengthen the Council and make it more effective in promoting and protecting human rights on the ground.
To this end, the submission makes recommendations in the following areas:
- focus and conduct of the 2011 review of the Human Rights Council;
- responding to human rights situations of concern;
- strengthening the membership of the Human Rights Council;
- protecting and strengthening the special procedures;
- enhancing the operation of the Universal Periodic Review;
- enhancing the engagement of NHRIs and NGOs with the Human Rights Council; and
- improving follow-up and implementation of reports and recommendations.
In addition to the Submission above, the HRLRC also made:
- Joint Submission with 37 NGOs on Seven Key Ways to Strengthen the UPR
- Oral Statement by Rachel Ball on Strengthening the UPR on 27 October 2010