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HIV and affected communities - special issue of the Human Rights Defender

The AHRCentre’s latest edition of the Human Rights Defender, 'HIV and affected communities' was commissioned to coincide with the AIDS 2014 Conference held in Melbourne this week. It was with great sadness and shock that we learnt of the Malaysian Airline flight MH17 and the tragic loss of lives.

Prof Andrew Byrnes to deliver the Annual Kirby Lecture on International Law

Andrew Byrnes will deliver the Annual Kirby Lecture on "International Law, The Meaning of International Law: Government Monopoly, Expert Precinct or the People’s Law?" at this year's 2014 ANZSIL conference at ANU.

At the UN, Youth Delegation advise on issues that affect the disability sector globally

With delegates from around the world, the Youth Delegation to COSP 2014 focused in a general and uncomplicated way on the blocks and barriers that people with disability experience in becoming leaders.

Risking everything for justice - Beatrice Mtetwa

The only way forward for Africa will be to appoint strong, independent anti-corruption commissions, headed by people of impeccable reputation and substance who will not be afraid to deal with all levels of the corruption which infects the continent.

Are human rights implemented the same way around the world?

The right to private and family life exists with some minor variations in a number of international treaties. As it is being implemented by different international courts and UN bodies, these minute differences may come to mean immense differences in what is covered by the notion of “family life”, or “private life”.

Launch in Kathmandu of Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice at Home: Nepal

Nepal has taken significant steps toward improving governance of labour migration and migrant workers’ access to justice, but justice still remains elusive for the vast majority of Nepali migrant workers who encounter harms pre-departure and while abroad.

Multi-stakeholder Initiative Workshop at NYU

The failure of governments to establish and enforce rules has created complex corporate human rights challenges that no single actor can solve. In such situations, multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) are becoming the default response for addressing governance gaps.

Ending sexual violence in conflict zones

We cannot accept a world where women are considered the collateral damage of war, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has told a symposium attended by UNSW and AHRCentre experts.

Equal recognition before the law for people with disability

The Australian Law Reform Commission Review of equal recognition before the law and legal capacity for people with disability is considering reform of Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks to better provide people with disability equal recognition before the law—in particular, in relation to the right to make decisions that affect their lives, and to have those decisions respected.

Human Rights Defender special issue on humanitarian disasters

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number, frequency and intensity of natural disasters that have left millions dead, injured or displaced. International responses are focused on the immediate needs usually adopting a ‘needs-based’ assessment as opposed to a ‘rights-based’ approach to disaster assistance and recovery.