Human rights

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Research report

1 Feb 2018

Australia has used a calculated system of neglect and cruelty to increase the hardship suffered by refugees and asylum seekers, but remains responsible for their fate and well-being. It cannot shirk its responsibility, shifting them from one detention centre to several others, in a cynical...

Blog post

1 Feb 2018

China is unlikely to be influenced by advice from countries which seem intent on seeking to contain its growth or restrict its role as a great power, writes Michael Powles.


24 Jan 2018

Whilst the prevalence of modern slavery in Australia may seem low, there is a growing need for our property, construction and infrastructure organisations to be aware of the potential for modern slavery in their extended supply chains, understand the need for greater transparency, and work...


18 Jan 2018

This report summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2016 through November 2017.


2 Jan 2018

The fourth edition of the Human Rights Manual has been prepared to foster a deeper understanding of human rights among officers and to provide the public an explanation of how human rights policy is pursued.

Research report

27 Dec 2017

This report illustrates the ongoing erosion of legal rights that persists in Australia, measured by an analysis of the content of all legislation passed by the federal parliament in 2017.


30 Nov 2017

This investigation mapped places of detention in Victoria, how they are monitored, and what needs to change to implement OPCAT.


21 Nov 2017

The Rohingya people in Myanmar are trapped in a vicious system of state-sponsored, institutionalised discrimination that amounts to apartheid, says Amnesty International in this major analysis into the root causes of the current crisis in Rakhine State.


12 Nov 2017

The Howard Government’s resolution of a crisis on Nauru in 2005 points the way forward for dealing with the people currently held on Manus Island, writes Michael Gordon.

Draft report

8 Nov 2017

The Attorney-General’s Department welcomes comments and feedback on Australia’s draft combined report on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict, and the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child...


1 Nov 2017

This strategy document outlines the priorities over the coming year for Australia's current Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins.

Research report

31 Oct 2017

This report looks at how Jakarta's policies have affected the independence movement in Papua, human rights investigations and local elections.

Blog post

18 Oct 2017

On 16 October 2017, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly elected fifteen new members to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, including Australia for the first time.


13 Oct 2017

This quick guide provides a snapshot of current international defence engagement with Myanmar by the following countries—Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, and India.

Audio program

11 Sep 2017

This week marks ten years since the United Nations adopted its first Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


7 Sep 2017

The Independent National Security Legislation Monitor has reviewed the ‘declared areas’ provisions in div 119 of the Criminal Code and recommends that the laws be continued, subject to some changes.

Journal article

29 Aug 2017

The principle of legality has in recent years become an increasingly important tool of statutory interpretation, but it has been applied inconsistently.


16 Aug 2017

Let’s face it, the only way to live in dignity, inside this depraved society we inhabit, is to resist. That being so, to go to prison is really nothing more than to maintain simple human dignity, it’s really nothing to brag about.— Liu Xiaobo, “Letter...

Audio interview

26 Jul 2017

One of the most polarising figures in Australian public life takes her leave today, after five controversial years as Australia's human rights protector.


11 Jul 2017

In the battle against Islamic State in west Mosul, Iraqi and US-led coalition forces failed to take adequate measures to protect civilians.