Human rights

Report

2 Nov 2018

This report adds significantly to previous work by the Carnegie UK Trust and Joseph Rowntree Foundation that uncovered powerful examples of where kindness and everyday relationships can affect change and support the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Submission

Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child
1 Nov 2018

The Australian Human Rights Commission has prepared this report as Australia’s ‘A status’ national human rights institution. It was written by the National Children’s Commissioner (NCC), whose position exists within the Commission.

Most Australian children grow up in safe and healthy environments and do...

Commentary

25 Oct 2018

The Opposition should swallow Scott Morrison’s bitter pill. But it also needs a longer-term plan, writes Peter Mares.

Guide

23 Oct 2018

The ability to work in a safe environment, free from sexual assault or harassment, is a basic human right. The National Inquiry into Workplace Sexual Harassment is looking at the impact of workplace sexual harassment, the drivers of these behaviours, existing good practices being undertaken...

Report

Responding to LGBT conversion therapy in Australia
15 Oct 2018

This report confirms that religious conversion therapy and related practices are pervasive in many faith communities in Australia and causing real harm to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

Report

10 Oct 2018

This report assesses how human rights can be applied in the governance of AI and offers initial recommendations for stakeholders, including technology companies, governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society groups, academia and the United Nations.

Journal article

21 Sep 2018

The European Parliament's record of taking a tough stance on human rights conditionality in past trade negotiations is mixed, argue the authors of this article.

Audio

18 Sep 2018

Ever wondered why it's important to recognise the Chinese totalitarian system for what it is? This story explains why.

Report

13 Sep 2018

This report underlines the plight of those who survive gun violence. More than 300 people are shot in the U.S. every day and survive. Many people also suffer non-fatal gun injuries. The long- and short-term health issues related to their injuries constitute a massive public...

Report

3 Sep 2018

On 14 September 2012, Australia sent the first people back to Nauru under the second version of its offshore processing policy. This joint report examines what is happening to around 900 people who are still stuck on Nauru six years later, including an estimated 109 children.

Report

27 Aug 2018

Human Rights Council resolution 34/22 established the independent international fact-finding mission on Myanmar (the Mission). The President of the Council appointed Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia) as chairperson and Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka) and Christopher Sidoti (Australia) as members. A secretariat was recruited by the Office of...

Report

31 Jul 2018

The Australian Government reports on progress made under the National Action Plan every two years. This is the third Progress Report covering the period from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017.

Policy report

31 Jul 2018

The right to religious freedom is not the only fundamental human right. It cannot therefore be absolute, but exists alongside other rights. How different rights and freedom coexist is one of the big questions facing our nation today.

Discussion paper

24 Jul 2018

The release of this issues paper marks the formal launch of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s major project on human rights and technology.

Report

Irresponsible business and the murder of land and environmental defenders in 2017
24 Jul 2018

It has never been a deadlier time to defend one’s community, way of life, or environment. This report shows a rise in the number of people killed last year to 207 - the highest total we have ever recorded. What’s more, this research has highlighted...

Commentary

23 Jul 2018

As a liberal democracy, Australia needs its own report on US torture in Iraq and has a legal and moral obligation to prevent torture.

Report

19 Jul 2018

This report contains an overview of key observations and concerns arising from the Australian Human Rights Commission’s inspection of the Adelaide Immigration Transit Accommodation (AITA) facility in July 2017.

Report

19 Jul 2018

This report contains an overview of key observations and concerns arising from the Australian Human Rights Commission’s inspection of the Perth Immigration Detention Centre (PIDC) in August 2017.

Report

Quality, safeguarding and oversight to prevent and address violence against people with disability in institutional settings
15 Jul 2018

This report paves the way for an important conversation that focuses on achieving a quality, safeguarding and oversight framework that successfully prevents and addresses violence against people with disability in institutional settings.

Report

9 Jul 2018

"OPCAT is an unusual treaty in that it creates no new substantive rights. Yet it could be the single most positive development this decade in improving conditions in all Australian places of detention."

When the words ‘Don Dale Youth Detention Centre’ are mentioned it...

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