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The Australian Government has secretly returned 46 asylum seekers to Vietnam without any transparency or due process. Late on Friday 17 April, when news first broke that the asylum seekers were in Australian custody somewhere on the high seas, the Human Rights Law Centre sent a an urgent communication to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

HRLC Director of Legal Advocacy, Daniel Webb, said it was vital the United Nations be kept fully updated of Australia’s increasing contempt for international human rights law.

“Australia voluntarily signs international human rights treaties because we agree with the basic minimum standards of treatment they protect. We should never breach those minimum standards. When we do, it’s vital that there be accountability on the world stage,” said Mr Webb.

Each year, King & Wood Mallesons and the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, work with the Human Rights Law Centre to publish a special edition of our Monthly Bulletin, Rights Agenda, that focuses on human rights and legal issues affecting children and young people.

At the most recent United Nations Human Rights Council in March, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture tabled a report outlining the current international benchmarks expected of countries when it comes to detaining children in criminal and civil contexts. The HRLC’s Senior Lawyer, Ruth Barson, said the report is a reminder that Australia needs to change its youth justice policies in order to meet international standards.



10th Annual Human Rights Dinner – Tickets now available

10th Annual Human Rights Dinner – Tickets now available

5 June 2015

The Human Rights Law Centre and Justice Connect are extremely pleased to announce that the keynote speaker at our Annual Human Rights Dinners this year will be the Australian Human Rights Commission President, Gillian Triggs.


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