The NSW Council for Civil Liberties (NSWCCL) was
founded in 1963 and is one of Australia’s leading
human rights and civil liberties organisations. Our
aim is to secure the equal rights of everyone (as long
as they don’t infringe the rights and freedoms
of others) and oppose any abuse or excessive power
by the State against its people.
To this end NSWCCL attempts to influence public debate
and government policy on a range of human rights issues.
We try to secure amendments to laws, or changes in
policy, where civil liberties are not fully respected.
We also listen to individual
complaints and, through
volunteer efforts, attempt to help members of the public
with civil liberties problems. We prepare submissions to government, conduct court
cases defending infringements
of civil liberties, engage regularly in public debates,
and conduct many other activities.
Recent projects and activities include:
- Federal Court cases on the rights of asylum
seekers, including Australia’s obligations
under the Convention against Torture.
- Many submissions to federal and state parliaments
on issues such as human rights, anti-terrorism
legislation, same-sex marriage and Australia’s
mandatory detention system.
- Campaigns for prisoner exchange programs
with foreign countries.
- Organisation of a national Bill of Rights
campaign in association with other interested parties.