1 Hum. Rts. Defender 1 (1992)

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Human Rights
Defender

University of New South Wales PO Box 1 Kensington 2033 Australia
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Editorial

Vol 1 No 1 1992

- About the Human

Rights Defender

This is the first edition of a new
national human rights newsletter
that is intended to provide informa-
tion and commenton current human
rights issues. It will have a very wide
scope, much broader than the nor-
mal academic literature on human
rights allows. Taking in issues like
development, women, koori affairs,
environment and domestic politics,
its reading public will probaby be
wider than the term 'human rights'
usually suggests.
It will be a national newsletter
with a special interest in the Asia-
Pacific region and will hopefully find
readers both inside and outside of
Australia. There will be regular fea-
tures on international issues, of con-
cern to all peoples of this region as
well as issues relating to Australia.
The Editorial team comprises
Jane Hearn, Rebecca Peters and John
Scott-Murphy. While originating
from the University of New South
Wales Human Rights Centre, the
Human Rights Defender involves
regular contributions from a number
of human rights organisations, in-
cluding the Diplomacy Training

Program, Privacy International and
the Human Rights Council of
Australia.
The Human Rights Defender
aims to bring together information
and comment which is not normally
available to all defenders of human
rights. While each of us may have a
private network which serves our
needs, few individuals have access to
the wide range of material which we
hope to bring to you through this
publication.
Consequently the 'Defender'
will pick up items from other sources
as well as provide original materials
from practitioners, activists and re-
searchers. The UNSW Human Rights
Centre receives a steady stream of
human rights information from
NGOs and institutions around the
world. Some of this will find its way
onto these pages.
Original contributions are wel-
come from all sources. Correspon-
dence is encouraged. Too often
defenders of human rights work
alone, not recognising their own ex-
pertise or its relevance to others.
Please send us any information that
you think miaht be of interest.

The back page provides our
Guidelines for Contributors and a
subscription form. Please subscribe if
you want to receive the Defender
regularly.
Tasmanian Gays
appeal to the UN
The first attempt by
Australians to use the First
Optional Protocol to the In-
ternational Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights
By Rodney Croome, Campaign
Manager of the Tasmanian Gay and
Lesbian Rights Group.
Following the defeat of gay law
reform by the Tasmanian Upper
House in July last year, gay activists
in Tasmania began preparing an ap-
peal to the United Nations Human
Rights Committee.
Their case is the first human
rights violation from Australia, and
the first sexuality discrimination case
from anywhere in the world, to be ex-
amined by the Committee.
It argues that Tasmania's law
against sex between consenting
adult males in private violates the
right to privacy, the right to equality
before the law and the right not to be
discriminated against on the
grounds of sexuality.
Contpage 3

Human Rights Defender Vol 1 No 1 1992 Page 1

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