Covid-19 and Human Rights

Liberty Victoria supports and applaud the efforts of government and medical experts at all levels working to take urgent action to save lives and protect our community.  We acknowledge that extraordinary steps are required to meet an extraordinary crisis.  We will continue our role in protecting and defending human rights and civil liberties by monitoring the introduction and enforcement of measures during this time. 

Liberty Victoria supports the calls for humane decarceration during the COVID-19 pandemic. You cannot social distance in a cramped prison.

Liberty Victoria joins the 119 Criminal and Legal Practitioners to call for humane decarceration during the COVID-19 pandemic. You cannot social distance in a cramped prison.

Humane decarceration during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In order to preserve human rights and further protect public health we the undersigned are calling on the Victorian Government to release the following class of prisoners:

1. Elderly or immunosuppressed prisoners;

2. Prisoners serving sentence for non-violent offending;

Liberty Victoria Supports Calls to Protect Prisoners from COVID-19

In light of the developing COVID-19 pandemic, Liberty Victoria supports calls from more than 370 lawyers, academics and advocates to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the Australian criminal justice system, especially prisons  -and youth detention centres (see 

Media release - Liberty Victoria Supports calls to protect prisoners from COVID-19

In light of the developing COVID-19 pandemic, Liberty Victoria supports calls from more than 370 lawyers, academics and advocates to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the Australian criminal justice system, especially prisons and youth detention centres (see 

Liberty Victoria warns that the Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Worker Harm) Bill 2020 Will Make us Less Safe

 

Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Worker Harm) Bill 2020

Liberty Victoria is strongly opposed to the Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Worker Harm) Bill 2020 (“The Bill”).

Human Rights and Technology Discussion Paper

This Human Rights and Technology Discussion Paper submission is made jointly by the Australian Privacy Foundation, the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, Liberty Victoria, Electronic Frontiers Australia and the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties.

With the context of the Previous Submissions and at the outset, we consider that the following recommendations were not addressed in the Discussion Paper and remain relevant to the project:

Media Release - Liberty Victoria Oppose Reforms to Tendency and Coincidence Evidence

"There is a genuine risk of innocent people being convicted of crimes they have not committed."

Liberty Victoria strongly opposes the Victorian Government’s recently announced reforms to the law of tendency and coincidence evidence, which it has announced will be based on a Bill before the New South Wales Parliament - the Evidence Amendment (Tendency and Coincidence) Bill 2020 (NSW).

Those reforms, if enacted, would amongst other things:

Liberty Victoria Welcomes Spent Conviction Legislation

Liberty Victoria welcomes the Victorian government’s announcement that it is committed to introducing a legislated spent convictions scheme. Once a scheme is legislated, this will bring Victoria in line with every other Australian state and territory, including Queensland, which has had a legislated scheme since 1986.

A Victorian spent convictions scheme will transform the lives of many Victorians and put them on an equal footing with citizens of other states and territories.

Liberty Victoria calls for the immediate release of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians currently held in immigration detention

Liberty Victoria welcomes the High Court’s decision handed down today, which recognises
that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people cannot be considered “aliens” under the
Australian Constitution.

Liberty Victoria calls for the immediate release of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Australians currently held in immigration detention, and for constitutional recognition of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Religious Discrimination Bill Exposure Draft

Although this proposed Bill may have started as a stock-standard anti-discrimination bill for the attribute of religious belief or activity (as has long been a part of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act, for example) it has developed a number of cancerous excrescences which made it unsupportable in the first version, and make it even less supportable in the second. It can only be saved, if at all, by radical surgery such as an optimistic surgeon might attempt for late stage metastatic cancer.

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