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Multi-stakeholder Initiative Workshop at NYU

The failure of governments to establish and enforce rules has created complex corporate human rights challenges that no single actor can solve. In such situations, multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) are becoming the default response for addressing governance gaps.

Ending sexual violence in conflict zones

We cannot accept a world where women are considered the collateral damage of war, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has told a symposium attended by UNSW and AHRCentre experts.

Equal recognition before the law for people with disability

The Australian Law Reform Commission Review of equal recognition before the law and legal capacity for people with disability is considering reform of Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks to better provide people with disability equal recognition before the law—in particular, in relation to the right to make decisions that affect their lives, and to have those decisions respected.

Human Rights Defender special issue on humanitarian disasters

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number, frequency and intensity of natural disasters that have left millions dead, injured or displaced. International responses are focused on the immediate needs usually adopting a ‘needs-based’ assessment as opposed to a ‘rights-based’ approach to disaster assistance and recovery.

The perplexities and problems of implementing R2P

Dr Kurt Mills examined how the international community has developed three sets of norms and practices to deal with situations of mass atrocities - humanitarianism, international criminal justice, and the use of military force - what has come to be known as the responsibility to protect (R2P).

The Neglected Right to Protest

Dr Kirsty Hughes collaborated with Daniel Joyce on research relating to the right to protest as part of the Centre’s project on New Media and Human Rights, focusing on European human rights jurisprudence regarding the intersection of freedom of expression, freedom of assembly/association and the right to protest.

Social Security in South Africa - A gender and human rights analysis

AHRCentre project director, Beth Goldblatt, writes that South Africa has a large social assistance programme that plays a critical role in addressing extreme poverty. The strong constitutional rights framework, including a right to social security, underpins the development of this programme.

Giving Voice to the Victims: Translating and Interpreting Sexual Violence at the ICC

On 23 April 2014 the Australian Human Rights Centre was treated to an emotion-charged account of the challenges of interpreting for international crime trials from Alexandra Tomic and Ludmila Stern.

Business as usual is no longer an option

Some Australian clothing brands have signed a new initiative to improve conditions in Bangladeshi factories, while other brands stay conspicuously absent. Burying one's head in the sand is no longer an option, writes AHRCentre Deputy Director Justine Nolan.

Spotlight on the Middle East – Libya and Egypt: Where did we go wrong?

The AHRCentre hosted two inspirational human rights advocates, Hassan al-Amin and Tirana Hassan, who spoke about the Arab uprising in Libya and Egypt and the ongoing struggle for democracy in the Middle East.