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Legal Rights Information
Below is a list of resources that cover different aspects of your civil and political rights.
The Activist Rights website is for people who are trying to create positive changes in their lives and communities. Resources on the site have been drawn from around the world and from experience in Australia to help support new and experienced activists, campaign organisers, legal workers and progressive lawyers.
Police Powers: Your Rights in Victoria
This booklet, published by Victorian Legal Aid, is a general guide to help you when you deal with the police and Protective Service Officers.
The Law Handbook—Practical Guide to the Law in Victoria
The Law Handbook is a practical guide to the law in Victoria, updated by over 80 legal experts. It provides free, comprehensive information about the laws that affect Victorians in everyday life. The guide is published by Fitzroy Legal Service.
Who's Who in Victoria Police?
This is MALS own guide to the Who's Who in Victoria Police. The identification of individual officers goes to the heart of accountability. It is useful for Legal Observers, journalists, street medics and activists to have an idea who is who. With accurate identification we can get a sense of how different police units might act and more accurately identify police in the case of an incident or for an eventual complaint or legal action.
International Human Rights Standards for Law Enforcement
The United Nations Centre for Human Rights has been engaged for years in the training of national law enforcement officials. This document is the third global contribution of the Centre's police training programme, and is designed to provide a "readily accessible and portable reference for police committed to the lawful and humane performance of their vital functions in a democratic society."
The Right to Dissent
This useful guide by Lawyers Rights Watch Canada explains the international legal standards and underlying principles and interpretations of the standards that comprise the international legal framework for the right to dissent and protest.
Legal Handbook for the Coal and Gas Movement
This resource allows people to take informed risks and be educated on their legal rights while taking on the coal and gas industries. Written and published by CounterAct and Environmental Justice Australia.