The AHRCentre aims to promote public awareness and academic scholarship about domestic and international human rights standards, laws and procedures through research projects, education programs and publications. The Centre brings together practitioners, research fellows and student interns from Australia and internationally to research, teach and debate contemporary human rights issues. The Centre also publishes the Australian Journal of Human Rights and the Human Rights Defender and hosts a number of seminars and events each year.

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AHRCentre will re-open on 9th July

The Australian Human Rights Centre is closed for the university break and will re-open on 9 July 2015. We would like to thank all of our wonderful supporters and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Watch the video - North Korea Inside/Out with Michael Kirby and Barnaby Caddy

On 18 May 2015, Michael Kirby and Barnaby Caddy discussed some confronting aspects of North Korean society – from millions subjected to the most severe human rights abuses to beneficiaries of the system reluctant to discuss its victims.

Read, watch or listen to the AHRCentre's Annual Lecture on Disability Rights

'Disability Rights – A Global Agenda for the 21st' Century provided an invaluable and dynamic contribution to the disability rights discourse in Australia and internationally, highlighting its progress and its future challenges.

Selective national outrage when it comes to capital punishment

Unfortunately, so long as selective political outrage prevails, any claims to a progressive stance on capital punishment will ring hollow.

Australia’s ‘stop the boats’ rhetoric goes global to devastating effect

‘Stop the boats’ is an unfortunate and counterproductive catch-cry; a mere fig leaf of a solution to a pressing global problem. Australia and its leaders should have moved on from it a long time ago.

“Am I being executed?...That’s not right”

In April 2015 in Indonesia, Rodrigo Gularte, a Brazilian national was executed for a drug trafficking offence committed in 2004 and only realised he was about to be shot minutes before the firing squad.