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Australia is in breach of its human rights obligations by allowing children to be sentenced to life in prison without the genuine possibility of parole, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has declared.

The Committee – the world’s authority on civil and political rights – issued its findings in response to a complaint brought by Bronson Blessington and Matthew Elliott, who were convicted and sentenced for the rape and murder of Janine Balding in 1988, when they were 14 and 16 respectively.

The Human Rights Law Centre’s Senior Lawyer, Ruth Barson, said the question considered by the UN was not whether Blessington and Elliott should be released, but one about the legality of a system that doesn’t allow for the consideration of rehabilitation.

Proposed changes to migration laws would widen the Immigration Minister’s power, marginalise international law and wind back the ability of Australian courts to scrutinise the Government’s treatment of asylum seekers, leading human rights organisations will tell the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee today.

The Human Rights Law Centre is looking to recruit a part-time Fundraising Administrator in Melbourne to coordinate and enhance its fundraising activities, so if you’re passionate about human rights and have experience in fundraising, we’d love to hear from you!

 
 

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Could Australia Really Become a Police State? Free public lecture with Professor Philip Alston

Could Australia Really Become a Police State? Free public lecture with Professor Philip Alston

9 December 2014

No non-authoritarian country in the world has moved so far and so fast to put in place a security regime of the sort that Australia has adopted in recent weeks...

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