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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.

AHRCentre hosts 'one of South Africa's new heroes'

Leading South African human rights activist, academic and Constitutional Court judge, Edwin Cameron, spent a day at UNSW Law presenting a lunchtime talk to students and on the rule of law and and met with judges and constitutional law academics over afternoon tea to discuss bills or rights, the value (and limitations) of law, and the vulnerability of rights when they impede power.

Welfare sector to enlist human rights bodies on Newstart

The AHRCentre co-hosted a seminar today, 29 April, on the international human right to social security and the impact of the recent cuts to income support for sole parents. Speakers included Beth Goldblatt, Cassandra Goldie, and Gerard Thomas. It also considered the application of human rights to recent changes to income entitlements for people with disability.

Model UN China

Earlier this week, UNSW Law Dean David Dixon and the AHRCentre welcomed Ambassador Lu Shumin, Madame Zhang Xiaoan and a delegation from the United Nations Association of China and representatives from the Australian Human Rights Commission to a reception to celebrate a unique partnership.

Petition calls for an independent police complaints body over Mardi Gras incident

Jed Horner, AHRCentre member, together with the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL), Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG), ACON and the Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) unveiled a joint petition aimed at forcing a debate in the State Parliament on the legislative framework governing complaints about Police conduct in New South Wales.