What we do

Freedom. Respect. Equality. Dignity. Action.

The Human Rights Law Centre protects and promotes human rights in Australia and in Australian activities overseas. We do this using an integrated strategic combination of legal action, advocacy, research and capacity building.

The HRLC is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation and is a registered charity so all donations are tax deductible.

We work in coalition with key partners, including community organisations, law firms and barristers, academics and experts, and international and domestic human rights organisations.

Over the last ten years, we’ve established constitutional protection of the right to vote, improved access to healthcare for prisoners, provided human rights training to over 15,000 people and held Australia to account for its human rights obligations on the international stage.

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Our current impact areas:

  • strengthening the legal and institutional protection of human rights

  • promoting the human rights of people seeking asylum and refugees

  • protecting democratic freedoms

  • partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to promote their rights

  • promoting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians

  • ensuring prisons, youth justice centres and police cells comply with human rights

  • protecting women’s reproductive health rights

  • ensuring Australian companies comply with human rights standards overseas

  • promoting human rights through Australian foreign policy and UN engagement