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The Australian Human Rights Institute is a new initiative at UNSW Sydney that is bringing together researchers from different disciplines to find solutions to human rights challenges.

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UNSW's new centre of innovation on human rights is taking shape as the world marks Human Rights Day on December 10.

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With Human Rights Day and the UN's year-long Stand Up 4 Human Rights campaign imminent, here are 10 steps the government can take to improve human rights protection in Australia. 

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A report from the United Nations Human Rights Committee shows that concerns far outweigh any improvements in Australia's human rights record, write Anna Cody and Maria Nawaz.

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Young people are experiencing patterns of oppressive policing that are harmful to them, their families and the community, writes Vicki Sentas.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may come to regret his bold statement that Barnaby Joyce is "qualified to sit in the house and the High Court will so hold", writes George Williams.

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Philip Alston has urged policy makers to recognise the connections between poverty, inequality and human rights as he delivered the Australian Human Rights Centre's Annual Public Lecture. 

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Concerns have been raised about whether Australia adequately protects human rights given multiple reports of abuses, including mistreatment of juvenile detainees, write George Williams and Daniel Reynolds.

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UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston will outline how extreme inequality and poverty violate human rights when he delivers a free public lecture at UNSW on Thursday 10 August. 

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Debates about freedom of speech, privacy, anti-terror laws and ASIO powers make George Williams’ book urging a national charter of rights more timely than ever.

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