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Draconian anti-protest legislation would take Tasmania back to the dark ages - Amnesty International Australia

Amnesty International Australia strongly opposes Tasmania’s proposed severe anti-protest legislation which would penalise protestors to the same degree as murderers. The new Bill is more restrictive and punitive than the previous attempt by the Hodgman Government to stymie protest which was invalidated by the High Court four years ago. The 2015 Bill carried four years […]

Virtual internship for human rights law launches

One of Australia’s legal education providers has unveiled the nation’s first human rights law virtual internship, aiming to give prospective students a “realistic glimpse” into the life of a human rights lawyer.

The Queensland Human Rights Act is now law. It is due to commence 1 Jan 2020.

The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland will be renamed the Queensland Human Rights Commission, and continue its complaint handling, education, and training functions under the Anti-Discrimination Act. The Commission will also work to resolve human rights complaints, as well as provide information, education, and training on the Human Rights Act.

Australian Charter of Human Rights | Join the campaign

We need an Australian Charter of Human Rights to ensure everyone’s rights are properly protected and people have the power to hold governments to account.

NSW falling behind on human rights protection

A NSW review of parliamentary process has recommended improvements that will provide better scrutiny of human rights issues in the law-making process, but has missed the opportunity to recommend broader changes that would bring NSW in line with other Australian jurisdictions.

UK Human Rights Blog

Conor Monighan brings us the latest updates in human rights law In the News.

The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER An expert and eloquent account of much that has gone wrong with our [England Wales] criminal law procedures: this book is accurate, informative and sensibly points the way to pragmatic reforms Geoffrey Robertson QC

Amnesty International Home

Inspiring people against injustice to bring the world closer to human rights & dignity enjoyed by all.

Electroshock of Children in Victorian Mental Health Act

Below are areas of grave concern in the current Victorian Mental Health Act that need to be changed to protect children and parental rights: CHILDREN CAN CONSENT TO ELECTROSHOCK (ECT): In this day

Do Australians have a right to freedom of speech?

Australia is a democratic country and most Australians grow up thinking we have a right to “free speech”. But is this really true?


Biolegality -> Smart List

Complex issues are emerging in the intersection of law and biology.

Tania Simoncelli: Should you be able to patent a human gene?

A decade ago, US law said human genes were patentable -- which meant patent holders had the right to stop anyone from sequencing, testing or even looking at a patented gene. Troubled by the way this law both harmed patients and created a barrier to biomedical innovation, Tania Simoncelli and her colleagues at the ACLU challenged it. In this riveting talk, hear the story of how they took a case everybody told them they would lose all the way to the Supreme Court.

Meth Houses: This is what a house looks like when it’s used as a meth lab - The Feed

“We now have evidence showing that children living in a contaminated home can have methamphetamine in their system that's equivalent to an adult ice user.”

Human Rights -> Fact Finding Guidelines

‘These Guidelines should become best practice standards for all relevant human rights fact-finding missions.’ Prof Robert McCorquodale British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Handbook for Lawyers on business and human rights

This handbook brings together in one place a diverse collection of educational resources relating to the roles and responsibilities of legal practitioners with respect to business and human rights, including background context and explanation, case scenarios, discussion exercises, frequently asked questions (FAQs), sample checklists and further reading and resources

OHCHR | Rule of Law -> Democracy Human Rights

Democracy is one of the universal core values and principles of the United Nations. Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential elements of democracy.

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