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Women in Prisons Forum- Wednesday 13 August 2014

ICJ Australia, Community Justice Coalition and Women in Prison Advocacy Network (WIPAN) are jointly holding a Forum entitled "Mothers, Sisters, Daughters: Women in Prison" on Wednesday 13 August 2014 from 5.45pm to 7.30pm at Parliament House, Macquarie Room, Macquarie Street, Sydney.  Guest Speakers include The Hon Elizabeth Evatt AC, The Hon Pat O'Shane AM, Professor Eileen Baldry and Kat Armstrong.  CLICK HERE to download the Poster.

Istanbul Declaration on Transparency in the Judical Process

At the ICJ Australia meeting of December 2013, the President of the Australian Section the Hon John Dowd AO QC reported that he had been a mediator in settling a Declaration on Judicial Transparency.  it was agreed to in Istanbul.  Click here to read the Istanbul Declaration.

The Sri Lanka Evidence Project SLEP E-Bulletin July 2014

The SLEP E-Bulletin includes the following developments -United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution of 27 March 2014, Tamil National Alliance news, William Hague to investigate claims of Tamil rape victims being deported, Riots against Muslims in Sri Lanka, Asylum seekers and refugees in Malaysia returned to Sri Lanka.  Reports by Human Rights Watch, BBC, International Crisis Group, Amnesty International and more.

Crimes Legislation Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slave-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill

The International Commission of Jurists, Australia drafted a submission on the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slave-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill, which is intended to remedy several legislative omissions under the current Australian legislative framework for combating people trafficking, slavery, and forced marriage. The ICJA was concerned that the bill does not fully remedy the gaps in the existing law.

Inquiry into the treatment of individuals suspected of people smuggling offences who say that they are children.

The ICJA has made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission in relation to the inquiry into the treatment of individuals suspected of people smuggling offfences who say that they are children. 
 
 
CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF THE SUBMISSION.

The Western Sahara And The United Nations

Paper by The Hon John Dowd AO QC, President International Commission of Jurists, Australia presented on 29 October 2011 at the 2nd International Conference, Peoples’ Right for Resistance: the Case of Sahrawi People, Dar Diaf – Bouchaoui, Algiers


Mr Chairman, Mr President, Members of Parliament, distinguished delegates. In the year since most of us here were in Le Mans, the world has very much changed. It is called the “Arab Spring”, but in fact is much more than just changes within the Arabic speaking countries.

Young Lawyers Expose Sri Lankan Atrocities

CHOGM MUST DEAL WITH WAR CRIMES IN SRI LANKA

“Those responsible for war crimes at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009 must not be allowed to go unpunished”, said John Dowd AO QC, the President of the International Commission of Jurists, Australia. 
 

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 AO QC, the President of The International Commission of Jurists, Australia (ICJA). “The expert committee established by the United Nations Secretary-General found credible allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law. The Expert Panel called on the Sri Lankan Government to immediately commence genuine investigations into such allegations. This has not happened”, said John Dowd.

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