Following the Australian Government’s rejection of the recommendation by its own Brennan Committee to enact a Bill of Rights, the Council issued a media briefing criticizing the Government for its decision that will result in a lack of human rights accountability: Media_Release_20100421
The Executive Director was asked to take part in the 3rd annual Intensive Course on Health, Development and Human Rights at the University of NSW
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The AGM of the Human Rights Council of Australia is to take place on 12 December.
The Council had endorsed a campaign by the St James Ethics Centre to promote an ethics-based complement to scripture classes in NSW schools. View the submission to NSW Education Minister Verity Firth here ethics-in-schools-submission
This was followed up with a letter to Minister Firth letter-to-minister-2-november-2009
In one of his last acts as Premier of NSW . . . → Read More: The Council in November 2009
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed annually on 17 October. Its purpose is to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, to allow the poor to make their concerns heard and to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries.
The Human Rights . . . → Read More: The Council in October 2009
The Executive Director participated in a consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the forthcoming UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council. Eleven NGOs exchanged views with officials from DFAT, the Attorney-General’s Department, AusAID and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Issues canvassed included the functioning . . . → Read More: September 15, 2009
Council Chair, Andrew Naylor attended a consultative meeting between Australian NGOs and the Department of the Attorney-General. The Attorney-General attended and addressed some of the NGOs’ concerns.
The Executive Director attended a workshop on the human rights-based approach to development hosted by the Australian Council for International Development. The workshop was also attended by Matilda . . . → Read More: The Council in August
The Human Rights Council of Australia endorsed the following letter to the high-level panel of experts on the establishment of an ASEAN human rights body drafted by Forum Asia:
“The Terms of Reference of the ASEAN human rights body should include protection mandate and appointment of independent experts
“One of the . . . → Read More: The Council in June 2009
The Executive Director facilitated a workshop on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Treaty Bodies in Dili in mid-May for the Diplomacy Training Program. He caught up with with long-time HRCA member Pat Walsh.
HRCA endorsed a letter to the Australian Government regarding the practices of Australian mining company Anvil in the Congo. This . . . → Read More:
HRCA wrote to the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka calling for the Sri Lankan Government to abide by its human rights commitments in in the context of the Tamil conflict as well as condemning human rights abuses by Tamil insurgents.
HRCA wrote to the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade suggesting that it drafts . . . → Read More: The Council in April 2009
The Council wrote to the Australian Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith arguing that Australia should attend and participate in the follow up to the Durban Conference against Racism and Xenophobia.
Click here to read the letter: