Category Archives: Human Rights

Civil Rights Act of 1964 (US) | 2 July 1964

ON 2 JULY 1964, the US Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law.

http://www.congresslink.org/print_basics_histmats_civilrights64text.htm

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Australian journalist Peter Greste jailed

ON 23 JUNE 2014, Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was convicted by an Egyptian court of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

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Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth) | 23 June 2004

ON 23 JUNE 2004, the Commonwealth Age Discrimination Act 2004 commenced.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/ada2004174/

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Somersett’s case (1772) 98 ER 499 | 22 June 1772

ON 22 JUNE 1772, the English King’s Bench delivered Somerset v Stuart (1772) Lofft 1; (1772) 98 ER 499.

Even though African slavery was tolerated at the time in the colonies, the court ruled that a slave could not be taken by force and sold abroad as property as no such right existed under the law of England,

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Plaintiff M150 of 2013 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2014] HCA 25

ON 20 JUNE 2014, the High Court of Australia delivered Plaintiff M150 of 2013 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2014] HCA 25 (20 June 2014)

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2014/24.html

The High Court held that the Australian immigration minister did not have the power to limit the number of protection visas that may be issued in a specified year.

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Plaintiff S297-2013 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

ON 20 JUNE 2014, the High Court of Australia delivered Plaintiff S297-2013 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2014] HCA 24 (20 June 2014).

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2014/24.html

The High Court held that the Australian immigration minister did not have the power to limit the number of protection visas that may be issued in a specified year.

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Magna Carta | 15 June 1215

ON 15 JUNE 1215, King James executed the Magna Carta at Runnymede. King James agreed to this document which limited the power of the Crown and granted the barons and citizens certain individual rights, freedoms, liberties and protections. The document laid the constitutional foundations for government under the rule of law.

http://bailii.austlii.edu.au/uk/legis/num_act/1215/magna__carta.html

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Google Spain SL, Google Inc v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos, Mario Costeja Gonzalez

ON 13 MAY 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered its judgment in case C-131/12 Google Spain SL, Google Inc v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos, Mario Costeja Gonzalez.

If a search engine shows a link to a web page containing personal information, the data subject may approach the search engine operator and request that the link be removed from the list of results and if the request is not granted, bring the matter before competent authorities to have the link removed.

The ruling applies to the European Union Member States but is likely to have an impact world wide.

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NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v Norrie [2014] HCA 11

ON 2 APRIL 2014, the High Court of Australia delivered NSW Registrar of Birth, Deaths and Marriages v Norrie [2014] HCA 11 (2 April 2014).

The High Court held that a person’s sex can be registered as “non-specific”.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2014/11.html

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State of Western Australia v Brown & Ors [2014] HCA 8

ON 12 MARCH 2014, the High Court of Australia delivered State of Western Australia v Brown & Ors [2014] HCA 8. Native title rights and interests asserted by the Ngarla People of the Pilbara were not extinguished by mineral leases because the leases did not exclude any and everyone from access to the land.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2014/8.html

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