Australian Government dumps gay refugee couple on Nauru – where gay sex can be punished with 14 years of hard labour

4 March 2017

The international gay and lesbian community has been asked to assist a gay refugee couple who are currently living in fear as a result of Australia’s harsh refugee policies, which have left them stranded on a small island where homosexuality is illegal.

In search of safety in a country that accepts gay people, Ashkan and Nima fled Iran, where they faced public execution for being gay.

However, when he arrived in Australia in August 2013 to seek asylum and revealed his homosexuality to the authorities, he was deported to Australia’s detention center on Nauru, where homosexuality is a crime punishable by up to 14 years of yard labor.

Law Reform Commission report a wake up call to restore basic rights and freedoms in Australia

2 March 2018

The Human Rights Law Centre today called on the Australian government to remove unjustified restrictions on basic rights and freedoms. Emily Howie, HRLC’s Director of Advocacy and Research, praised the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report, Traditional Rights and Freedoms – Encroachments on Commonwealth Laws, for adding to the growing body of evidence that Australian laws violate rights.

LetThemStay: A look at the Human Rights Law Center’s legal and advocacy work

26 February 2019

The Human Rights Law Centre is proud to have partnered with GetUp! and the Australian Churches for Refugees TThe Human Rights Law Centre is proud to have collaborated with GetUp! and the Australian Churches for Refugees Taskforce to launch and coordinate the #LetThemStay campaign in support of the 267 people involved in our High Court case. Here’s a rundown of the campaign’s legal and advocacy efforts.