Lee Carnie delivers a statement to the UN on abortion rights in Australia

Australian governments should respect a woman’s right to choose what happens to her body by removing abortion from criminal laws the Human Rights Law Centre told the UN Human Rights Council in a statement delivered in Geneva overnight.

"We call on Australian governments to decriminalise abortion and respect women’s right to choose what happens to their bodies and their lives," said Lee Carnie.

Lee Carnie delivers a statement on violence against women at the UN Human Rights Council

"Every year more women are removed from their families and communities and locked up in overcrowded prisons around Australia. Most of these women are survivors of violence and trauma and Indigenous women are significantly over Rapporteur's report highlights the appalling conditions that women and girls in detention are subjected to.

Routine strip searching is archaic and harmful, yet everyday practice in women's prisons around Australia," Lee Carnie told the UN Human Rights Council.

Holding States and Corporations to Account

How do we hold governments and corporations to account for human rights abuse? Experts engaged in seeking accountability for human rights abuses by states and corporations speak about tackling this issue from the perspectives of both strategic litigation and campaigning.

Features HRLC Director of Legal Advocacy, Keren Adams, Richard Hermer from QC, Matrix Chambers, and Shen Narayanasamy from GetUp.

Canon’s Story

Gender diverse people face problems accessing services and facilities that most Australians use without thinking twice. Because their identity documents often do not match the gender they live as, trans and gender diverse people are subjected to embarrassing questions, fraud accusations and the wrongful suspension of services and support. We helped our client Canon to pursue a discrimination complaint against Centrelink, which led to training for Centrelink staff and the publication of revised policies that are more inclusive and accessible for trans and gender diverse people. 

"Having the support of the Human Rights Law Centre, and working together over a number of years, achieved a lot more than I would have been able to do by myself. I’m proud of what we were able to achieve." — Canon, Human Rights Law Centre client