human rights

Archive of posts tagged 'human rights'

Human rights cases still unresolved ten years after Sri Lankan civil war

May 15, 2019

‘This weekend marks 10 years since the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, in which Sri Lankan Government forces fought the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, known as the Tamil Tigers, for 26 years.’ ‘In the decade since the … read more

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018

January 21, 2019

PIAC’s submission built on our previous submissions to the Religious Freedom Review, and a previous Senate Inquiry into discrimination against LGBT students and teachers. This includes calling for the adoption of best practice anti-discrimination legislation, such as the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination … read more

NSW falling behind on human rights protection

November 29, 2018

A NSW review of parliamentary process has recommended improvements that will provide better scrutiny of human rights issues in the law-making process, but has missed the opportunity to recommend broader changes that would bring NSW in line with other Australian … read more

Sri Lanka: new transitional justice mechanism bill on reparations passed

October 22, 2018

In October 2018, the Sri Lankan Parliament passed a bill establishing an Office for Reparations. This was one of the transitional justice mechanisms identified by the United Nations Human Rights Council in its landmark 2015 consensus resolution on Sri Lanka, … read more

Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights and Technology Consultation

September 29, 2018

PIAC’s submission examines the issue of access to technology, and lack of access to technology, and how this impacts the rights of people experiencing homelessness. This particularly relates to unreliable access to mobile phones, including internet data, and how this … read more

Thought our treatment of asylum seekers couldn’t get any worse?

June 17, 2018

Editorial in the Sunday Age: ‘This newspaper has argued for years that the treatment by successive Australian governments of people seeking asylum will come to be seen as one of the most shameful chapters in our history. Our resolve to … read more

Sri Lanka conflict mapping project enters phase two

June 12, 2018

We are about to commence the next phase of our Sri Lanka Conflict Mapping and Archive Project (CMAP). Phase one of CMAP included a detailed review of more than 60 different sources that had written or reported on alleged violations … read more

Submission to the Religious Freedom Review

February 14, 2018

PIAC’s submission discusses the current status of the human right of freedom of religion in Australia, noting that the ALRC observed that ‘Generally speaking, Australians are not constrained in the exercise of religious freedom’. However, there is also an absence … read more

Submission to the Review of the Operation of the Legislation Review Act 1987 (NSW)

December 7, 2017

PIAC’s submission includes both procedural and substantive recommendations to ensure the Legislation Review Act 1987, and its associated Parliamentary Committee, better protect human rights in NSW. This includes changes to terminology, referring to ‘human rights’ not ‘personal rights and liberties’, … read more

Treatment of asylum seekers in detention an onshore problem too: Jane Leibowitz

November 2, 2017

Right now, more than 1,250 people – most of whom are seeking Australia’s protection from persecution – are being detained for long periods of time in prison-like conditions, despite having committed no crime. To make matters worse, the level of … read more

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