High Court delivers landmark ruling validating abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’
By Caroline Henckels, Ronli Sifris, and Tania Penovic The High Court of Australia handed down a judgment on April 10 that upheld Tasmanian and Victorian laws that created “safe access zones” around abortion clinics. The court ruled the laws are constitutionally valid. Safe access zones prevent anti-abortionists from targeting patients, staff and others within a…
2014 Castan Human Rights Report: Reproductive rights still under threat
By Ronli Sifris Decades after the fight for reproductive rights began in Australia, the issue is in the spotlight again because of three significant developments. Report on Involuntary Sterilisation of People with Disabilities Australia, together with many other countries, has a history of sterilising people with disabilities and intersex people. During 2012-13, the Senate Community…
New book offers a different perspective on torture
A new book by Castan Centre Associate Dr Ronli Sifris, providing another angle on a feminist understanding of international human rights, will be launched in early March. The book, Reproductive Freedom, Torture and International Human Rights: Challenging the Masculinisation of Torture, examines restrictions on reproductive freedom through the lens of the right to be free from torture…
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