Human Rights Law & Lawyers

Human Rights Lawyers

Human Rights Lawyers generally represent individuals who have been discriminated against because of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status (including same sex partners),family status, employment matters and other issues pertaining to human rights.

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Australian Legislation pertaining to human rights

The federal Parliament has passed a number of laws which aim to protect people from certain kinds of discrimination in public life and from breaches of their human rights by Commonwealth departments and agencies.

The main laws pertaining to human rights in Australia include the following:

  1. Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
  2. Age Discrimination Act 2004
  3. Disability Discrimination Act 1992
  4. Racial Discrimination Act 1975
  5. Sex Discrimination Act 1984

The Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission has statutory responsibilities under these laws. The Australian human rights commission has the authority to investigate and conciliate complaints of alleged discrimination and human rights breaches lodged under these law

Age Discrimination Act 2004

The Age Discrimination Act 2004 helps to ensure that people are not treated less favourably on the ground of age in various areas of public life including:

  • employment
  • provision of goods and services
  • education
  • administration of Commonwealth laws and programs

The Act also provides for positive discrimination – that is, actions which assist people of a particular age who experience a disadvantage because of their age. It also provides for exemptions in the following areas:

  • superannuation
  • migration, taxation and social security laws
  • state laws and other Commonwealth laws
  • some health programmes.

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Disability Discrimination Act 1992

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 has as its major objectives to:

  • eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities
  • promote community acceptance of the principle that people with disabilities have the same fundamental rights as all members of the community, and
  • ensure as far as practicable that people with disabilities have the same rights to equality before the law as other people in the community.

Source: www.humanrights.gov.au

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Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986

The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (formerly called the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 ). established the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (now known as the Australian Human Rights Commission) and gives it functions in relation to the following international instruments:

  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
  • Convention Concerning Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Declaration of the Rights of the Child
  • Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons
  • Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons, and
  • Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief.

In addition, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner has specific functions under the AHRC Act and the Native Title Act,1993 to monitor the human rights of Indigenous people.

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Australian Human Rights Commission Regulations 1989 (Cth)

Section 3(1) of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) defines discrimination. The Australian Human Rights Regulations 1989 (Cth) lists additional grounds which will constitute discrimination under the Act.

Racial Discrimination Act 1975

The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 gives effect to Australia's obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Its major objectives are to:

  1. promote equality before the law for all persons, regardless of their race, colour or national or ethnic origin; and
  2. make discrimination against people on the basis of their race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin unlawful.

Sex Discrimination Act 1984

The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 gives effect to Australia's obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and certain aspects of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 156. Its major objectives are to:

  • promote equality between men and women
  • eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex, marital status or pregnancy and, with respect to dismissals, family responsibilities, and
  • eliminate sexual harassment at work, in educational institutions, in the provision of goods and services, in the provision of accommodation and the delivery of Commonwealth programs.

Source: www.humanrights.gov.au

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Human Rights Law & Lawyers News

The Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 introduced a requirement for Statements of Compatibility to accompany all new Bills and disallowable legislative instruments and established a new Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.

The Act affects the way that new policies and legislation are developed.

Australia's Human Rights Framework

On 21 April 2010, the Attorney-General launched Australia’s Human Rights Framework which outlines a range of key measures to further protect and promote human rights in Australia.

The Framework acts on the key recommendations of the National Human Rights Consultation Committee and complements a number of actions the Government is already taking to encourage greater inclusion and participation in our community.

The Framework is based on five key principles and focuses on:

  1. reaffirming a commitment to our human rights obligations
  2. the importance of human rights education
  3. enhancing our domestic and international engagement on human rights issues
  4. improving human rights protections including greater parliamentary scrutiny, and
  5. achieving greater respect for human rights principles within the community.

Specifically, the Framework demonstrates the Government’s commitment to positive and practical action in relation to human rights through a number of key commitments, including:

  • investing over $12 million in a comprehensive suite of education initiatives to promote a greater understanding of human rights across the community
  • establishing a new Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights to provide greater scrutiny of legislation for compliance with our international human rights obligations
  • requiring that each new Bill introduced into Parliament is accompanied by a statement of compatibility with our international human rights obligations
  • combining federal anti-discrimination laws into a single Act to remove unnecessary regulatory overlap and make the system more user-friendly, and
  • creating an annual NGO Human Rights Forum to enable comprehensive engagement with non-government organisations on human rights matters.

These changes are designed to have broad effect and will enhance the understanding of, and respect for, human rights across the Australian community.

Australia’s new National Human Rights Action Plan

The Action Plan will be developed throughout 2011 in consultation with State and Territory Governments, non-government organisations and the Australian people.

The Australian Government will initially work with the State and Territory Governments to develop an exposure draft of the Action Plan. A draft report on the status of human rights in Australia will also be developed. Both are expected to be released for public comment in April 2011.

Source: www.ag.gov.au

Human Rights

General Resources

International human rights treaties and other instruments:


Human Rights Education Resources

The links below are to external websites and are a useful starting point in research. The sites contain invaluable information to assist teaching human rights. For resources developed by the Commission click here.

Australian resources

International resources


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Australia

International

United Nations

Note that many of the UN web-based resources can be difficult to locate or use. A more user friendly site, which includes many UN documents, may be found at the University of Minnesotta Human Rights Library

Other inter-governmental human rights entities/tribunals/courts
Government human rights and anti-discrimination institutions

please be advised that the above links are obtained from the following source: www.humanrights.gov.au

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