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Human Rights

Anti-slavery campaigners hold first face-to-face conference in four years

“Modern Slavery: Closer Than You Think” is the theme for the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) members and national committee conference, taking place in Sydney this week.

Europe Human Rights

Church fund ‘not enough’ to right slavery wrongs

The £100 million ($194m) earmarked by the Church of England for a new investment fund to help repair damage caused by its historic links to slavery is “not enough”, a report says. Source: BBC News.

Ageing Appointment Human Rights

Caritas chair appointed to Human Rights Commission

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has appointed Caritas Australia chair Robert Fitzgerald to the Australian Human Rights Commission for a five-year term as Age Discrimination Commissioner. Source: Caritas Australia.

Human Rights Religious Freedom

Christian schools warn Human Rights Act threatens religious freedoms

Australia’s Christian schools peak body has warned a proposed federal Human Rights Act could threaten religious freedoms, urging the Albanese Government to revisit religious discrimination legislation. Source: The Australian.

Health Human Rights Politics

Human Rights Commissioner calls for wider COVID review

Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions are still having a significant impact on people’s lives and must be rigorously reviewed to avoid unnecessary suffering in future, says Human Rights Commissioner Lorraine Finlay. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

Human Rights Modern Slavery

ACRATH pushes politicians for compensation scheme for modern slavery survivors

A delegation from Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) is this week embarking on its annual advocacy visit to Parliament House in Canberra.

Charity Human Rights

Caritas Australia launches appeal to support displaced people globally

Caritas Australia has launched its “Displaced People Crisis Appeal” to respond to the growing global need of people who have been forced to leave their homes due to conflict or the climate crisis.

Human Rights Pope Francis

Pope calls for end to ‘horror of torture’

Pope Francis has called on the international community to work against torture and to guarantee support to victims and their families. Source: NCR Online.

Human Rights Modern Slavery

Number of people in Australia experiencing modern slavery rises to 41,000

Australia has an estimated 41,000 people experiencing modern slavery – nearly triple the estimates since 2018, according to figures published yesterday. Source: Australian Catholic Anti-slavery Network.