Australia is the only Western democracy without some form of charter of rights legislated by parliament or entrenched in the constitution.
We have a serious deficit in legal protection for human rights in Australia, rights that have been in regression for 20 years. We need a legislated charter setting out the rights we care about.
Dalia Yashar, one of the first Saudi female students in training to become commercial pilot, pictured on July 15, 2018. Her future passengers will include solo women travelers, too.
Reuters/Hamad I Mohammed
Saudi women may now travel without a man's permission, easing one of the most repressive aspects of the country's 'guardianship' system. Women in Saudi Arabia gained the right to drive last year.
Activists celebrate outside the High Court in Gaborone, Botswana on June 11, 2019. Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex.
The recent ruling to decriminalize same sex behaviour in Botswana may have a positive impact on the rest of southern Africa.
Uyghurs in Australia are pressing Canberra to take a firmer stance with China on its treatment of the Muslim minority. Thus far, Australia’s response has been relatively muted.
China says it is helping the Uyghurs, but its actions meet the threshold of cultural genocide: 'a premeditated, calculated, systematic, malicious crime authorised by the state’s political leaders'.
Uyghur people protest outside the UN headquarters in Genevea in November 2018.
Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA
A group of 37 countries, including North Korea, Russia and Saudia Arabia, signed a letter in support of China's human rights record.
The Central Bank of Kenya has financial inclusion in its stewardship of the financial system.
A human rights approach offers central banks a new tool for understanding the true costs and benefits of their operations.
In February, thousands of women marched in Mexico City to demand that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador do more to keep women safe. The protest sign featured here reads, ‘Don’t be indifferent.’
Mexico is the second most dangerous country for women in Latin America. Yet the new government is slashing funding for programs meant to protect and empower women.
Fatou Bensouda, ICC Prosecutor, and Robert H. Jackson, two key figures in international criminal justice, from Nuremberg to The Hague.
When faced with US rejection of international criminal justice, today's supporters of the ICC often invoke the country's Nuremberrg leadership. However, this notion is based on a distorted image of the 1945-46 trials.
Under a new deal between the U.S. and Mexico, Mexico will send 6,000 troops to its southern border with Guatemala to prevent migrants from continuing their northward journey toward the United States.
Mexico says it emerged from tariff negotiations in Washington with its 'dignity intact.' But that dignity comes at great cost to the migrants fleeing extreme violence in Central America.
A Sudanese protester waves the Sudanese and Algerian flags. Peaceful protestors in both countries eventually toppled their long term presidents.
In spite of noble promises in their constitutions, many countries have a very restrictive approach to demonstrations.
A king tide breaching a defence wall at Sabai Island in the Torres Strait, 2011.
AAP Image/Suzanne Long
Torres Strait Islanders argue the government has violated their rights to culture, family and life.
On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the human rights of child migrants rarely follow them when they cross borders.
Chen Yabian, 74, of Hainan Province, southern China, testifies during the International Symposium on Chinese ‘Comfort Women’ in 2000 in Shanghai that she was 14 when Japanese Imperial Army soldiers forced her to work as a sex slave during the war.
US agreements with Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria provide reparations to WWII victims. But an international law scholar writes that the US has failed to address war crimes in Asia.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (R) of Arsenal vies for the ball against Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen in March 2019.
Arsenal's Armenian star will not travel to Baku in Azerbaijan for the clash with Chelsea – and nor will many of the clubs' fans.
British forces on patrol in Basra, Iraq in 2003.
Soldier amnesty plans pose grave challenges to human rights – and set the stage for a future showdown with the European Court of Human Rights.
The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who have tracked over 100 children stolen by Argentina’s 1976-1983 military junta, were among the human rights activists that pushed the US to declassify intelligence documents related to the dictatorship.
Traveling death squads. Sadistic torture techniques. Stolen babies. The US helped it all happen by aiding Argentina's military regime in the 1970s, according to newly declassified documents.
A woman walks along a street in Port-au-Prince's wealthiest district, Petionville. © Fiona de Hoog
Recognising the role of women in global child slavery is key to addressing it.
Caster Semenya of South Africa is clearly a superb athlete.
Tracey Nearmy / AAP
Sport is a special domain, but it is not immune from the law and human rights. We're yet to see if the United Nations Human Rights Council will take steps following a new ruling on testosterone.
A legal expert looks at the issue of robot rights and what makes us human.
View of the Palais de Chaillot, Paris, in September 1948, where the United Nations Assembly is held, at the end of which the Declaration will be signed (10 December 1948).
Before 1945 and the United Nations Charter, human rights simply did not exist in international law.