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Private firms ‘are using detained immigrants as cheap labour’

Kevin Rawlinson
The Yarl's Wood detention centre, Bedfordshire. A detainee who worked as a cleaner said she believed they were a substitute for staff paid the minimum wage. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Ima

G4S and Serco saving millions by paying detainees as little as £1 an hour to cook and clean, claim campaigners Jump to comments Campaigners have criticised private firms for using immigration detainees as cheap labour inside detention centres after research suggested this saves them millions of pounds. Some detainees said they were being paid as little as £1 an hour ... Read More »

Conflict Alert: Protecting Pakistan’s Threatened Democracy

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A little over a year ago, Pakistan entered an unprecedented second phase of democratic transition, with one elected government handing power to another by peaceful, constitutional means. This fragile transition will be gravely threatened unless a fast-escalating political crisis is urgently defused. The protests rocking Islamabad threaten to upend the constitutional order, set back rule of law and open the ... Read More »

NGOs urge legal definition of ‘temporary resident status’ for Syrian refugees

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A group of NGOs has called for legislation formally defining the status of temporary residents, expressing concern about the latest attacks targeting Syrian refugees in several Turkish cities. Stressing that Syrians are only able to enjoy limited rights and cannot officially apply for asylum in Turkey due to geographic restrictions, the NGOs said their rights should be clearly determined by ... Read More »

USA invites Russia to discuss elimination of ballistic missiles

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US authorities invited Russia to discuss the implementation of the treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range missiles at the top level, White House spokeswoman Marie Harf said.  She expressed a hope that the Russian Federation would promise the USA to resume the performance of contractual obligations. Harf said that the US was expiating a response from Russia on the subject. Harf ... Read More »

UN agency in High Court challenge to Abbott government’s treatment of asylum seekers

Michael Gordon Political editor, The Age
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The United Nations refugee agency will seek to appear in a High Court challenge to the Abbott government’s power to intercept boats on the highs seas, hold asylum seekers indefinitely on customs vessels and seek to return them to third countries. The full court will hear the challenge in October and rule on the legality of the government’s recent treatment ... Read More »

Theatre review: Master Class a masterful tribute to Maria Callas

Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead
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THEATRE Master Class ★★★★★ Terrence McNally fortyfivedownstairs Until August 28. The fiery Maria Callas – La Divina to her fans – was the ultimate diva as artist. She had a voice that will live forever, and a legend amplified by the essentially tragic arc of her life. Moving from the privations of wartime Greece (Callas performed Fidelio for the Nazis) to the ... Read More »

Tamil asylum-seeker court case may see UN intervene

Oliver Milman
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Refugee advocates are challenging the legality of the month-long detention of 157 asylum seekers on a customs vessel in June  Jump to comments The United Nations may become involved in the case of the Tamil asylum seekers who were detained on an Australian customs boat, with a court hearing to take place in Canberra in October. A brief high court ... Read More »

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