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Ugandan moralism damages struggle to end HIV

The right to health, including the right to seek medical care irrespective of your sexual orientation or gender identity, and to access preventative health measures such as condoms, belongs to each human being. It should be rendered a reality, not a dream deferred. This is a shared global responsibility, but Australia has a decisive role to play.

AHRCentre forum on post-war justice in Sri Lanka

On Tuesday 4 March 2014 the AHRCentre held a forum on post-war justice in Sri Lanka and Australia’s treatment of Sri Lankan refugees. This issue is highly contested in the lead-up to a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council where a motion may be passed for an independent investigation into Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes during the final phase of the civil war.

Forging New Paths for Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court?

There is reason to hope that the ICC has learnt important lessons from its initial failures and is establishing a path to achieve its gender justice aims. Key ‘insiders’ including feminist-inspired judges, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and ‘outsiders’ including Brigid Inder, are at the forefront of forging this path.

Refining the Rules of the Game: The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

The steady evolution of a global social expectation that companies should respect international human rights standards is changing the nature and possibility of developing a firmer basis for corporate accountability for human rights.

Rising for justice: Calling for an end to the culture of impunity surrounding violence against women and girls

On Friday, 14 February, hundreds of men, women, children, fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers rose in a dance protest demanding an end to all forms of violence against women and girls.

The Gender Justice Shadow of Complementarity: Lessons from the International Criminal Court’s Preliminary Examinations in Guinea and Colombia

AHRCentre project director Louise Chappell, with Rosemary Grey and Emily Waller, argue that the Office of the Prosecutor’s apparent inattention to gender biases underpinning domestic legal systems has left impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence intact and the victims of these crimes unrecognized.

Conflicting legitimacy concerns at the ICC

AHRCentre project director Louise Chappell writes that recent ICC developments brings into sharp relief the tensions and challenges that exist around the Court. Her blog highlights some of the contours of the political terrain on which the ICC operates arising from its complex mandate, international focus, and engagement with civil society.

Tribute to Nelson Mandela held on UNSW Library Lawn

On 14 December 2013, African Women Australia, the AHRCentre, UNSW Law and some generous individuals arranged a gathering to pay tributeto the life of Nelson Mandela on the UNSW Library Lawn.

AHRCentre Director Andrea Durbach wins human rights honour

UNSW's Australian Human Rights Centre Director, Professor Andrea Durbach, has won the 2013 Australian Human Rights Law Award for her promotion and advancement of human rights in Australia through the practice of law.

Chris Michaelsen: ASIO simply does not have jurisdiction to investigate criminal offences

AHRCentre member Dr Chris Michaelsen criticises ASIO raids on the premises of the lawyer representing Timor-Leste in an international arbitration against Australia.