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Nominations open for 2013 Australian Human Rights Awards

“The Australian Human Rights Awards are a unique opportunity to celebrate the work of individuals and organisations who contribute to human rights in Australia,” said Australian Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs.

Perspectives on Preventative Detention considered at Onati workshop

A recent workshop at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati in the Basque country brought together specialists from 15 countries to examine the practice of preventive detention from historical, legal, criminological and psychiatric perspectives. Organised by AHRCentre’s Chris Michaelsen, the workshop explored comparative perspectives on the theory and practice of preventive detention.

Historic human rights law provides overdue protections to LGBTI community

This week the Australian Parliament passed the Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill, which legislates long-overdue protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. The legislation will establish, for the first time at the Federal level, protections against discrimination in areas such as accommodation and healthcare.

‘Justice on the Margins’ in Cambodia

On Friday 7 June, Christoph Sperfeldt, Regional Program Coordinator at the Asian International Justice Initiative, and Sarah Williams, Australian Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, UNSW presented a seminar entitled ‘Justice on the Margins: victim participation and reparations in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)’.

Senate Committee recommends removal of religious exemptions in amended Sex Discrimination Act

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee has recommended the removal of some proposed exemptions given to religious organisations under the current Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill 2013 which would allow religious organisations providing public services to discriminate against LGBTI people on religious grounds.

International workshop on Women’s Social Security Rights

The workshop ‘Interpreting and Advancing Women’s Rights to Social Security and Social Protection’ was held at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law on 6-7 June 2013 in Onati, Spain.

Cultural heritage and rights expert at international conference on "Crossroads and Collisions"

Dr Lucas Lixinski, head of the AHRCentre project on cultural heritage and human rights, presented a paper on "Heritage Listing as Self-Determination" at the Round Table Conference on Indigenous Issues, “Crossroads and Collisions: The Impact of Indigenous Rights Across Other Legal Sectors” at the University of Buckingham on 8th May 2013.

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe - post-show forum & discussion

Andrea Durbach moderated a forum on theatre’s capacity to heal trauma, refugee experiences of Australia’s multiculturalism and resettlement programs, and on structural violence against women after a performance featuring four women survivors of torture and trauma from countries undergoing conflict.

Women's Social Security and Protection in India

Beth Goldblatt recently attended a conference on 'Women's Social Security and Protection in India' and presented a paper on 'Women and the Right to Social Security - the International Human Rights Framework'.

AHRCentre establishes student research project on OP CEDAW

UNSW Law students are working with the AHRCentre and Simone Cusack, Human Rights Consultant and Founding Editor of the Optional Protocol to CEDAW website, on a joint research and writing project that will contribute to the website.