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Senate Report on Human Rights Anti-Discrimination Bill highlights protections for LGBTI people and victims/survivors of domestic violence

In October last year, the AHRCentre and the NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby collaborated to convene a national roundtable on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, prior to the release of the exposure draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill (2012).

Outdated and Useless? Controversial human rights doctrine, the Responsibility to Protect Seminar

A packed lecture theatre heard AHRCentre international lawyer, Chris Michaelsen and University of Queensland foreign policy expert, Tim Dunne and and political scientist, Kath Gelber battle it out on the utility and standing of the controversial human rights doctrine, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

Beth Goldblatt questions SkyNews claim on women manipulating South Africa’s welfare system

SkyNews ran a report claiming that Eastern Cape (South Africa) women were deliberately drinking alcohol during pregnancy in order to claim a disability grant for the child. Beth Goldblatt, from the AHRCentre, told the Daily Maverick that she felt the media reports in question were built on “sensationalising and generalising”.

Project Director Rosemary Kayess to attend the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Shadow Report Project Group Communiqué, February 2013 - The Shadow Report on the CRPD developed by Disabled Persons, Advocacy and Human Rights Organisations was launched in August 2012 and subsequently sent to the UN Committee in Geneva. It contains over 130 recommendations and was developed over a three year period.

AHRCentre Project Director Beth Goldblatt responds to single parent welfare cuts

United Nations human rights monitors have asked the Federal Government to justify its decision to cut welfare payments to single parents, reports ABC News. The Federal Government this year moved thousands of single parents onto the lower unemployment payment.

Centre Director Andrea Durbach takes on vengeance

Speaking as part of The School of Life Melbourne Secular Sermon Series at Melbourne Town Hall on 21st April, Andrea's sermon will focus on the ways we rationalise capital punishment – and how vengeance manifests in support of this enterprise.

Looking back at 20 years of the HRD: The threat of a “racist hate-fest”

The struggle against racism is not one for amateurs or political grandstanders. It requires bold leadership that is willing to break with the past, leaders with the appropriate insight and language; with skills which are geared towards an understanding of the deep complexity of racism, its origins, its guises, its consequences.

South Africa Human Rights Clinic

A new overseas experiential learning course began this summer. The South Africa Human Rights Clinic offered six students the opportunity to travel to Johannesburg Africa to work for five weeks in different human rights and public interest law organisations.

In Japan, Dr Christopher Michaelsen speaks on Terrorism and Human Rights

Dr Christopher Michaelsen, the AHRCentre's research project director on International co-operation, human rights and counter-terrorism, is presenting a course on Terrorism and Human Rights at Akita International University as part of the Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development.

Looking back at 20 years of the Human Rights Defender: photojournalism as a line of defence in war

Looking back at 20 years of the Human Rights Defender: Over the next several weeks, we'll be showcasing some of the highlights of 20 years of articles and photographs from the Defender. This photograph is from Stephen Dupont's body of work in Afghanistan.