human rights

Archive of posts tagged 'human rights'

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

Submission to Australian Human Rights Commission re OPCAT in Australia Consultation Paper

July 25, 2017

PIAC’s submission in response to the AHRC Consultation Paper on the implementation of OPCAT in Australia identifies a range of issues that should be addressed both before and after the ratification of the Optional Protocol. This includes discussing potential gaps … read more

Help asylum seekers in detention get the medical care they need

May 18, 2017

In late 2016 PIAC launched the Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project to help people who are suffering in Australian immigration detention centres without access to the medical and mental health care they need. Marco* is one of our clients. 33 … read more

Nine year old asylum seeker settles case with immigration department

May 3, 2017

A nine-year-old asylum seeker who was held in immigration detention on Christmas Island has been awarded a settlement by the immigration department over claims her physical and mental health deteriorated in her 12 months on the island. The girl was … read more

Senate report: abuse, self-harm and neglect on Nauru

May 3, 2017

On 21 April 2017, the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs delivered damning findings from a seven-month inquiry into allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers detained on Manus Island and Nauru. For the period under … read more

Progress on detention conditions: OPCAT ratified

February 9, 2017

PIAC has welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).  PIAC has called for the ratification of OPCAT over many years, most recently … read more

We need more than just foundations. Submission to the consultation paper Foundations for Change

November 18, 2016

PIAC’s submission to the NSW Government’s Homelessness Strategy consultation calls for the Government to report publicly against specific measurable targets for reduction in homelessness over the next 5 years. In a detailed submission to the Department of Family and Community Services regarding its … read more

PIAC Bulletin (42) Autumn

August 5, 2016

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