Human rights

Commentary

16 Aug 2017

Liu Xiaobo, China’s long-imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate, could find human dignity in the darkest of places. He found it working with the grieving mothers of young people killed in the 1989 Beijing massacre. He found it in occasional glimpses of warmth between guards and prisoners amid the...

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Audio interview

26 Jul 2017

One of the most polarising figures in Australian public life takes her leave today. Gillian Triggs, President of the Human Rights Commission, retires after five controversial years as Australia's human rights protector.

Her term marked by an often acrimonious relationship with the...

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Report

11 Jul 2017

This report outlines the horrifying scale of death, injury and suffering of civilians trapped in the battle for west Mosul. The report documents how the group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) moved civilians from neighbouring villages into the zones of the battle in west Mosul, trapped them...

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Report

14 Jun 2017

The Australian National Contact Point (ANCP) is a non-judicial human rights mechanism. Because the mechanism is non-legal, it provides freedom to act in a way which promotes human rights due diligence amongst Australian business and address breaches using novel problem solving and mediation...

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Discussion paper

18 May 2017

The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) provides for independent inspections of all places of detention in the jurisdictions that ratify and implement it. On 9 February 2017, the Australian Government...

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Website

01 May 2017

This website contains hundreds of news articles, videos, analysis and in-depth reports on the right of artists to freedom of expression, as well as with issues relating to human rights and artistic freedoms generally.

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Research report

28 Mar 2017

Some human rights obligations are absolute under international law. However, in relation to most human rights, prescribed limitations on the enjoyment of a right may be justified under international law if certain requirements are met. Accordingly, a focus of the committee's reports is to...

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Research report

21 Mar 2017

Some human rights obligations are absolute under international law. However, in relation to most human rights, prescribed limitations on the enjoyment of a right may be justified under international law if certain requirements are met. Accordingly, a focus of the committee's reports is to...

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Audio podcast

02 Mar 2017

In this episode of the podcast Sub Rosa, Andrew continues a conversation with Levi West about terrorism in Australia.

Levi West is the Director of Terrorism Studies at Charles Sturt University.

This is the second episode in a two-part series. The first half covered...

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Research report

28 Feb 2017

On 8 November 2016, pursuant to the section 7(c) of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011, the Attorney-General referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights the following matters for inquiry and report:

  • whether the operation of Part IIA of the 
  • ...
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Research report

27 Feb 2017

Audit objective and criteria

The objective of the audit was to assess the establishment and administration of the Australian Border Force’s framework to ensure the lawful exercise of powers in accordance with applicable legislation.

To form a conclusion against the...

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Research report

16 Feb 2017

Under the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011, the committee is required to examine bills, Acts and legislative instruments for compatibility with human rights, and report its findings to both Houses of the Parliament. The committee may also inquire into and report on any...

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Commentary

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13 Feb 2017

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On 9 February, Attorney-General George Brandis announced the terms of reference for a new Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into Indigenous incarceration in Australia. The inquiry was announced in October 2016, and the final terms of reference...

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Website

08 Feb 2017

Aims

A poll conducted by the Australian National University in 2016 on Attitudes to National Security revealed that 56 percent of Australians believe that the government ‘could do more’ to prevent a terrorist attack. Ten years earlier, that figure was only 39...

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Research report

08 Feb 2017

Introduction

This report is to review the operation, effectiveness, and implications, of the relevant legislation, including consideration as to whether it: contains appropriate safeguards for protecting the rights of individuals; remains proportionate to the threat of...

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Research report

07 Feb 2017

At Saydnaya Military Prison, the Syrian authorities have quietly and methodically organized the killing of thousands of people in their custody. Amnesty International’s research shows that the murder, torture, enforced disappearance and extermination, carried out at Saydnaya since 2011, has been...

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Research report

07 Dec 2016

As Acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and Deputy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, we are pleased to present the Social Justice and Native Title Report 2016.

This is the seventh and final report during the term of...

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Research report

07 Dec 2016

This research from UNESCO examines the importance of encryption as a means of protecting freedom of expression, privacy and other human rights in the fields of media and communications. 

It provides detailed case studies of encryption in selected jurisdictions and analyzes interferences...

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Survey

06 Dec 2016

Between June and September 2016, over 17,000 people in 16 countries were asked to share their views on a range of issues relating to war.

Key findings

  • People living in countries affected by war believe the law matters. Over two thirds of all respondents think
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Research report

01 Dec 2016

I am pleased to present my fourth annual Children’s Rights Report as the National Children’s Commissioner. This report details how I have fulfilled my statutory functions, outlined in Section 46MB of the Australia Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) (the Act) during the 2015-16 period....

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