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Watch Murdoch University’s Symposium on Human Rights

Watch Murdoch University’s Symposium on Human Rights

On 16 May 2016, Murdoch University welcomed over 200 guests to a symposium focusing on ‘Promoting Human Rights in Educational Communities for People of Diverse Genders and Sexualities’. Former High Court Justice Michael Kirby was the keynote speaker at the event, which was followed by a panel discussion hosted by journalist Victoria Laurie from The […]

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United Nation will appoint an LGBT indepedent expert

United Nation will appoint an LGBT indepedent expert

The United Nations will appoint an independent expert to report on violence and discrimination faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The United Nation’s Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva, passed the resolution after a marathon four hour debate. Facing strong opposition from Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries the motion was […]

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Labor pledge to appoint LGBT discrimination commissioner

Labor pledge to appoint LGBT discrimination commissioner

A Shorten Labor Government would appoint a full-time LGBTI Discrimination Commissioner to the Australian Human Rights Commission. The announcement was made this morning by Senator Penny Wong at a Rainbow Labor campaign launch in Melbourne. “The commissioner will ensure lesbians, gays, transgender and intersex Australians live in a safer, more secure and more inclusive society.” […]

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Professor Gillian Triggs calls for more education about human rights

Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, visited Perth earlier this week and delivered the inaugural Curtin University Human Rights Lecture. Speaking to the theme ‘Re-imagining Human Rights in Australia’ Professor Trigg cited increased education about the topic as an essential element in improving Australia’s understanding of how human rights should be […]

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Malaysian religious police raid transgender event

Malaysian religious police raid transgender event

Malaysia’s religious police have been filmed having a heated argument with transgender activists after they raided a beauty pageant allegedly without a warrant. The Malay Mail Online has reported on the raid that occurred at the upscale Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Around 200 transgender people were attending the function when the religious police intervened. […]

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Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson quits

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson quits

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has announced he’s quitting his job so he can seek pre-selection for the Liberal party, Mr Wilson will seek pre-selection for the sage Liberal seat of Goldstein replacing Andrew Robb who announced his retirement from politics last week. The aspiring politician has completed two years of his five year appointment […]

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Tim Wilson won’t run for senate spot

Tim Wilson won’t run for senate spot

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson won’t run for a spot in the senate at the next election. There had been speculation that Mr Wilson would seek pre-selection to represent the Liberal party in Victoria and replace Senator Michael Ronaldson at the top of the ticket. While Mr Wilson has declined to comment on the matter it […]

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Aram Hosie nominated for human rights award

Aram Hosie nominated for human rights award

Transgender advocate Aram Hosie has been nominated for the Human Rights Commissions community award. Mr Hosie was nominated for his advocacy work in promoting the rights of transgender people. Announcing the nominations the Human Rights Commission described Mr Hosie’s contribution as; “Aram has demonstrated individual courage and tenacity in educating people about the experience of […]

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Ugandan presidential candidate condemns homophobia

Ugandan presidential candidate condemns homophobia

Uganda is a country notorious for its hostility towards the LGBTIQ community. Numerous stories and accounts of institutionalised discrimination and violence towards queer people have framed the nation’s reputation as unsafe for LGBTIQ people. In a defiant and bold move, presidential candidate Patrick Amama Mbabazi has announced that he is “opposed to homophobia” in an […]

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Reports highlights abuse of gay men on Manus Island

Reports highlights abuse of gay men on Manus Island

A report compiled by Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Law Centre has highlighted that gay asylum seekers face sexual abuse on Manus Island. The report notes that more than 850 asylum seekers, and 87 refugees are currently detained indefinitely by the Australian government on Manus Island two years after it was announced that […]

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