2017 is the year for human rights

By Alex Virgo ‘We have human rights because we are human, but people don’t seem to understand that.’ It has been over a week since I attended the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights inaugural conference, but these words spoken by… Continue Reading

Storify: This was the 2017 ALHR National Human Rights Conference on Twitter

The 2017 ALHR National Human Rights Conference took place at La Trobe Law School’s city campus on 17 and 18 February 2017, and was a big success! We have summarised the biggest Twitter highlights in an 2017 ALHR National Human… Continue Reading

2017 is the Year for Promoting & Protecting Human Rights in Australia – National conference examining Australia’s human rights performance looms

At a time when Australians’ human rights have never been more under threat, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) will hold a two-day national conference focused on improving human rights protections in Australia from February 17. The conference will bring… Continue Reading

The 20 year queue: Family reunion for “genuine” refugees unlikely

By Vanessa Bacchetti and Kobra Moradi Imagine being told by the Government that you must wait 20 years to see your family. This happened to 22 year old Ali, a Syrian refugee. His story was told recently by Shen Narayansamy… Continue Reading

Family Reunion for Refugees in Australia: Restrictive laws and policies

PHOTO: by Abdul Karim Hekmat in the Guardian article: “Life and death on a bridging visa” (13 April 2016)

By Vanessa Bacchetti and Kobra Moradi Refugee Family Separation When refugees flee conflict or persecution in their home country, family members are often left behind or separated by borders or entire continents. The experience of displacement and resettlement involves a… Continue Reading

Prisoners with disability – human rights and disability rights, a seminar by ALHR’s Natalie Wade

On Monday 8 August 2016 the La Trobe Law School welcomed the Disability Rights Chair of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, Natalie Wade, to present a seminar to students on prisoners with disability and the criminal justice system. Natalie… Continue Reading

The ALHR Research Experience

By Tracie Stewart La Trobe University has a strong commitment to social justice and one of its most recent initiatives is its partnership with the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR). This semester students were partnered with the ALHR to complete… Continue Reading

Edmund Simpson on his Placement at ALHR

By Edmund Simpson I am currently in my second month of a project taken through the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights – La Trobe Refugee Program (ALHR- LTU). The Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, or ALHR, is an association of… Continue Reading

How did we get here? A reflection on 25 years of Australian asylum seeker policy

Savitri Taylor La Trobe Law School Immigration

By Savitri Taylor I’ve been thinking and writing about Australia’s asylum seeker and refugee policy for 25 years. When I started back in 1991, Labor was in government federally. Between then and now, I’ve seen both Labor and Coalition governments… Continue Reading

#ALHRQandA storifed!

On 18 February 2016, La Trobe Law School and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights hosted Labor MP Anna Burke and Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young as they discussed their parties’ refugee policies and plans. They were joined by legal community stakeholders and… Continue Reading