Media Releases

ICJ World Congress- A message from the Secretary-General

A Message from the Secretary-General of the International Commission of Jurists At the end of March 2019 the ICJ held its first World Congress since 2012. The Congress successfully brought together approximately 100 jurists from around the world, including...

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ICJA Press Release: Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW)

The President of the ICJ Australia, The Hon John Dowd AO QC, issued a press release on the 11 October 2017 in relation to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW): “We urge Members of Parliament to support and pass the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW) and...

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The Sri Lanka Evidence Project – E-Bulletin- December 2016

This week the UN Committee Against Torture published the concluding observations of its recent review of Sri Lanka regarding ongoing human rights abuses in the country. In addition, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has noted that...

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The Treatment of Refugees

The ICJ has closely been following Australia's treatment of refugees over the past few years. We are concerned that Australia's treatment of refugees may breach international instruments. The President of the ICJ recently participated in discussion concerning the...

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Refugees and the Malaysian Solution

PRESS RELEASE “The Minister for Immigration should be removed as Guardian of unaccompanied refugee children, to afford them some real protection on arrival in Australia” said The Honourable John Dowd AO QC, President of The International Commission of Jurists...

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Media Releases & Public Statements

MEDIA - ICJ denounces Howard’s political fix in Hicks prosecution - The International Commission of Jurists decries the political interference in the prosecution of David Hicks. MEDIA - Malaysian Solution & Civil Society – A Departure - How can the government...

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Investigation Of Sri Lankan War Crimes

“Those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009 must not be allowed to go unpunished”, said John Dowd AOQC, the President of The International Commission of Jurists, Australia (ICJA). “The expert committee...

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Re: Cobaw Decision in Victorian Court of Appeal

The ICJ Victoria has reported that the Court of Appeal decision of Christian Youth Camps Limited & Ors v Cobaw Community Health Services Limited & Ors [2014] VSCA 75 (16 April 2014) is available on the www.austlii.edu.au website.  The ICJ Australia's amicus...

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ICJA Press Release on Mandatory Sentencing – 20 May 2015

The council of the ICJ Australia resolved to condemn the increase in the use of mandatory minimum sentencing which erodes the independence of the judiciary in applying the laws set to fix penalty for crime.   "Increasing mandatory sentencing to a larger number of...

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Refugee and Casework Service (RACS)

RACS is a specialist community legal centre which for over two decades has assisted asylum seekers in the community and in detention centres all over Australia.

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