One of the teenagers who made international headlines when he and his mates were racially profiled and ejected from the Apple store at Highpoint Shopping Centre in 2015 has been awarded on of Victoria's most prestigious human rights awards.
Liberty Victoria is delighted to announce that Mohamed Semra is the 2021 Liberty Victoria Young Voltaire Human Rights Award recipient.
The Young Voltaire Human Rights Award honours a person or group no older than 30 at the date of their nomination for an outstanding contribution to or action on... Read more
Locking more people in prison is actually making Victoria more unsafe, according to the president of Liberty Victoria.
It comes on the back of a report from the anti-corruption commission that uncovered shocking data about the treatment of prisoners and bail reform that has led to overflowing... Read more
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, legal, human rights and civil liberties organisations have called on the Andrews government to take urgent steps to increase transparency and prevent mistreatment behind bars after a new report has highlighted serious deficiencies in disciplinary processes in... Read more
Liberty Victoria has awarded its 2021 Empty Chair Award to all refugees and asylum seekers in on and off-shore detention.
On behalf of refugees and asylum seekers in on- and offshore detention, the award will be accepted by Mostafar ‘Moz’ Azimitibar - previously held on Manus Island and in... Read more
Liberty Victoria has condemned the federal government’s decision to further cut arrivals to Australia.
They say they’re failing Australians stuck abroad.
Mike Stanton, Spokesperson for Liberty Victoria, told 3AW Drive said the response was disproportionate.
“We don’t think the balance is right,” he... Read more
The civil liberties and human rights advocacy group isn't happy about last week's National Cabinet decision to slash the number of international arrivals by half.
In a statement, the group called the reduction of the caps a breach of human rights. See the ABC article here
In 2021, Liberty Victoria is awarding the Voltaire Empty Chair Award to all refugees and asylum seekers in on and off-shore detention.
Established in 2016, this award is presented to a person who is worthy to receive the Voltaire or Young Voltaire Human Rights Awards, but cannot be present to... Read more
Liberty Victoria condemns the Federal Government’s decision to further cut arrivals to Australia. This was called for by the Victorian Government, amongst others. This is a breach of human rights which will exacerbate the suffering for people who have already been separated from their families for... Read more
Public housing residents continue to be fearful one year on that the hard lockdown could happen again: Human rights and community lawyers, supported by local community organisations, urgently seek legal changes to protect against overreach of public safety powers Public housing residents continue... Read more