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The Human Rights Law Centre’s outstanding work defending the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers has been recognised with an award from the Migration Institute of Australia and the ANU College of Law.

The HRLC’s Director of Legal Advocacy, Daniel Webb, who accepted the award tonight at the MIA’s Australian Immigration Conference, said the refugee and asylum seeker issue is one of the most divisive and most complex policy challenges in Australia right now.

“Whilst opinions on policy may differ, there are at least two things on which all of us should be able to agree. Firstly, Australia, as a wealthy, developed and fundamentally decent nation should never return a person to serious harm. Secondly, the only way to ensure we don’t is to fairly and thoroughly assess individual protection claims. Yet these are the basic principles we’ve had to go to the High Court to defend,” said Mr Webb.

Anti-protest laws proposed by the Tasmanian Government – even following amendments – will breach international human rights law, the Human Rights Law Centre has today warned.

Rights groups today welcomed the passage of the Criminal Records Amendment (Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill 2014 through the NSW Parliament. Commenting on the significance of the announcement, NSW GLRL Convenor, Justin Koonin said that members of his community had been waiting a very long time for justice.

 
 

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Tackling crime the smart way

Tackling crime the smart way

11 September 2014

The Human Rights Law Centre, in conjunction with the Wheeler Centre and Smart Justice, will be hosting a panel discussion on ‘Tackling Crime the Smart Way’.

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