The National Justice Project would like to congratulate one of our Board Directors Lizzie O’Shea on being named an AccessNow 2019 Human Rights Hero. Lizzie is being recognised for leading work to highlight, analyse and protest expansive surveillance laws in Australia. Aside from sitting on the Board of Directors of the National Justice Project, Lizzie is an Australian human rights lawyer, broadcaster, board member at Digital Rights Watch and recently published a book on the politics and history of digital technology. Lizzie was presented the award by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet at RightsCon Tunis, which took place last week in Italy.
Lizzie led the campaign against the Assistance and Access Bill and other threats to secure communications in Australia, which unfortunately was since passed into law. Nonetheless, her campaigning efforts mobilised a number of stakeholders across many industries and brought this important issue to the attention of thousands of Australian citizens. The National Justice Project congratulates Lizzie on this well-deserved accolade.