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Greater rights protection needed for online protesters

Protest is an essential tenet of free speech. It is a way of holding those in power to account. It makes politicians hear citizens’ voices at times when we don’t have a ballot paper in hand. It lets us tell corporations that their actions are not up to scratch. Read more from Hannah Wootton...

Human Rights Defender - special issue on researching forced migration

This issue aims to bridge scholarship, policy and practice, highlighting the valuable expertise that the next generation of scholars in forced migration studies can share with one another and with the wider community. Evidence-based, non-partisan research will make a difference...read more

Natural disasters are worsening under climate change. We need to better protect those fleeing their damage.

For The Student Voice, HRD Editor Hannah Wootton writes about the reasons for seeking refuge and how climate change has worsened historical problems - with implications of rights to protection, soft law and safeguards for the future.

Special issue on ‘transformative reparations for sexual violence post-conflict: prospects and problems’

AHRCentre project directors Andrea Durbach, Louise Chappell and Sarah Williams have written the foreword for the International Journal of Human Rights, their special issue on transformative reparations for sexual violence post-conflict.

Response to Attorney General’s Department Report Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Reporting Requirement Public Consultation Paper

The modern slavery risk is real and the Australian Government is currently considering the introduction of legislation to require commercial organizations to report on the risk of modern slavery in their supply chain.

Civil Society and International Criminal Justice

The speakers highlighted the importance for all victims of human rights abuses to be granted access to justice. They also spoke of the importance of building capacity for prosecutions and trials at a national level, so that justice does not have to occur in a remote location. Read more...

Postponed: Why this Unrelenting Rise of Violence against Women in South Africa? Class, Race and Gender and the Post-Apartheid Condition of Existential Despair

Friday's seminar (27th October at 5.30pm) by Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela has been postponed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Government ignores advice of expert group on business and human rights

Australian companies, for the most part, fail to adequately respond to human rights risks in their operations and supply chains - while expert advice on business and human rights has been dismissed outright by the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.

Professor Louise Chappell announced as Director of the Australian Human Rights Institute

Renowned political science and human rights scholar, Professor Louise Chappell will take up the role of Director of the Australian Human Rights Institute.

AHRCentre recent research achievements

Recent published research by members of the AHRCentre, including: Andrea Durbach, Director; Justine Nolan, Deputy Director; Claire Higgins, Human Rights Defender Editor, Melanie Schwartz, AJHR Editor and Lucas Lixinski, Project Director.

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