Human rights

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Report

15 May 2018

Between December 2017 and February 2018, media in New Zealand widely publicised reports of a sexual harassment incident that had occurred within the Human Rights Commission in October 2017. The incident had been formally investigated and resolved, but the reports raised concerns about the investigation...

Report

14 May 2018

The central message of this report is that the impact of digital regulation should be viewed through the prism of human rights law. Government attempts to control the digital world pose an inevitable tension between two fundamental human rights - fair access to the internet...

Research report

7 May 2018

Amnesty International has examined the Egyptian authorities’ use of solitary confinement as a tool to inflict additional punishment against prisoners with a political profile. It has found that solitary confinement for such prisoners invariably amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, and sometimes...

Policy report

1 May 2018

This resource argues that due to the incompatibility of current technologies and legislation, Australian law enforcement and intelligence agencies may need to operate in a grey area which lacks legislative direction. Regardless of their professionalism, this introduces risks for information security and human rights.

Research report

27 Apr 2018

This report presents data on the number of deaths in custody that occurred during 2013–14 and 2014–15, and trend data on deaths in prison custody (from 1979–80) and police custody and custody-related operations (from 1989–90).

Research report

10 Apr 2018

This report uses moving, first-person testimonies and in-depth interviews, to reveal how confessions are forced and extracted through threats, torture, and fear; how police dictate and direct confessions; and how they are often used as tools of propaganda for both domestic audiences and as part...

Report

Provided to the Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel
4 Apr 2018

This report, submitted to the Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel, aims to explain the fundamental principles underlying the concept of religious liberty, and to explain how the current methods and other proposals to protect this liberty are deficient or fail to achieve their goals.

Journal article

1 Apr 2018

This study found strong support in the majority of submissions for the Queensland Parliament to draft and enact a Human Rights Act for Queensland (HRAQ), and for the inclusion of the right to health in such legislation.

Working paper

27 Mar 2018

This paper details a new methodology developed to measure civil and political rights violations in a pilot sample of 13 diverse countries. In doing so, we discuss the problems present in previous attempts to measure civil and political rights cross-nationally and argue that our approach...

Guide

21 Mar 2018

This resource provides practical guidance on the calculation and interpretation of indicators designed to target the most disadvantaged groups. It addresses the current knowledge gaps and provides a conceptual framework to measure equity in learning, drawing on examples of equity measurement across seventy-five national education...

Report

22 Feb 2018

In a year when austerity measures and natural disasters pushed many into deeper poverty and insecurity, this year’s report also shines a spotlight on economic, social and cultural rights.

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.

Report

Understanding the risks and relevance
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...

Book

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.

Guide

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.

Report

30 Nov 2017

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

Report

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.

Commentary

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.