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Yesterday Queensland’s Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee released a report recommending that Queensland introduce a Human Rights Act. However, the Committee’s proposal for how that Act would operate falls well short of what’s required for adequate human rights protection for Queenslanders.

The Human Rights Law Centre’s Director of Advocacy and Research, Emily Howie, welcomed the recommendation, but warned that the government must ensure that a Queensland Human Rights Act delivers real outcomes for individuals.

Queensland must reform its outdated abortion laws, the Human Rights Law Centre said in a submission to the Queensland Parliament’s inquiry into abortion law reform. The HRLC called on the Queensland government to decriminalise abortion and ensure women can safely access abortion services.

In a historic vote, the United Nations Human Rights Council has agreed to appoint an Independent Expert dedicated to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from violence and discrimination worldwide.


  • Defending voting rights in Australia

    30 June 2016

    At Saturday’s election, an estimated 400,000 people will vote who, if it wasn’t for our legal action, might otherwise have been prevented from voting. Their votes may well decide who governs our country.

    This gain for democracy resulted from our successful High Court challenge in 2010 which restored the voting rights of people otherwise stripped of those rights by laws that closed the electoral roll early. At the 2010 election, 302,414 people enrolled to vote or changed their enrolment details in the enrolment period restored by our legal action. At the 2013 election, it was 537,710 people.

  • Historic support for UN vote for LGBT Independent Expert

    29 June 2016

    The United Nations Human Rights Council is on the cusp of establishing an Independent Expert to tackle violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Human Rights Law Centre joined in a statement delivered to the Council in Geneva overnight supported by 627 civil society organisations representing 151 countries.

  • 10 Years of Impact: End of Financial Year Appeal

    29 June 2016

    This year marks our ten year anniversary. For ten years we’ve delivered justice for individuals and systemic change; for Indigenous peoples; for people seeking asylum and refugees; for LGBTI people, women and more.

    Our work has had a profound impact on the Australian human rights landscape and support from people like you has been absolutely critical to our success.

    Today, we launch our End of Financial Year Appeal. We need your help to continue defending human rights in Australia.

  • Australian Government out of step in protecting children’s rights

    28 June 2016

    The Commonwealth Government should ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT), and all states and territories should increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12 years, the Human Rights Law Centre has said in a submission to the Federal Children’s Commissioner.

    Human Rights Law Centre’s Director of Legal Advocacy, Ruth Barson, said that Australia is out of step with the rest of the world when it comes to children’s rights in the criminal justice system.

  • Support a strong voice for a healthy democracy

    27 June 2016

    Unfortunately, we are witnessing the unmistakeable trend of governments chipping away at many of our vital democratic foundations. Press freedom is being undermined, critical voices are being stifled and governments are eroding the right of Australians to gather and speak out about issues that they care about.

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