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Australia’s counter-terrorism and migration laws unnecessarily and disproportionately interfere with fundamental rights and freedoms and ought to be repealed, the Human Rights Law Centre has said in a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) inquiry into “Traditional Rights and Freedoms”.

HRLC Director of Advocacy and Research, Emily Howie, said the counter-terrorism laws addressed in the submission were a classic case of government overstepping the mark and neglecting to adequately safeguard fundamental legal and democratic principles.

The Human Rights Law Centre welcomed today’s announcement by the Victorian Government that Michael Brett Young will lead the 8 year review of Victoria’s Human Rights Charter.

The Government of Nauru should take urgent steps to respect and protect journalists, strengthen judicial independence and enact specific legislation protecting human rights defenders, the International Service for Human Rights and the Human Rights Law Centre said in a joint briefing paper on Nauru published today.

 
 

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Somewhere over the rainbow: the perils of protection for queer asylum seekers

Somewhere over the rainbow: the perils of protection for queer asylum seekers

24 November 2014

Join us for events in Melbourne or Sydney about the particular challenges faced by LGBTI asylum seekers.

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