Human Rights

Refugee crisis: Millions of people fleeing war and poverty

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How many more lives must be lost before nations everywhere, including Australia, recognise their universal duty to assist in what has become the greatest crisis of refugees and mass migration since World War II? The Age – Editorial Many hundreds of thousands of people have crossed into Europe this year, most carrying nothing more than their children. This huge wave ... Read More »

Liberty Victoria welcomes removal of religious instruction from classrooms

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Liberty Victoria has welcomed the Victorian government’s decision to remove Special Religious Instruction (‘SRI’) from scheduled class time at government schools. The government has announced instead that SRI will only be available before or after school or at lunchtime. The government’s move comes just weeks after Liberty Victoria released a detailed report on the SRI programme, available at http://libertyvictoria.org/SRI-in-victorian%20-government-schools-report-2015031, on ... Read More »

High Court sets date for case challenging offshore detention

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The High Court will sit in Canberra on 7-8 October to consider the lawfulness of the Australian Government’s role in offshore detention on Nauru, in a case brought by a group of people seeking asylum. HRLC – The case, filed by the Human Rights Law Centre, raises important and untested questions about the Australian Government’s power to facilitate, fund and ... Read More »

Some German universities will educate refugees for free

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Migrant crisis: full coverage From Syria to Turkey: a migrant’s story While affordable tuition for undocumented immigrants is a remote prospect in some parts of the world, about 60 German universities are employing a radical strategy. The Sydney Morning Herald – Rick Noack They are offering refugees the chance to attend courses as guest students, without charging tuition fees. In ... Read More »

Mohsen

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THREE WARNINGS I am from Afghanistan, but when I was seven or eight I moved to Pakistan, because the situation was not good for my family. Behind The Wire – My dad was working with the American Army and he used to supply goods to them in the airport and the Taliban knew about it. They warned my dad to ... Read More »

Asylum seeker on Manus forcibly returned to Iran amid court challenge

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The 27-year-old man, repatriated while a case challenging detention is under way in PNG’s supreme court, had been held on Manus Island for more than two years The Guardian - Ben Doherty and Calla Wahlquist Papua New Guinea has forcibly returned an asylum seeker to Iran, even as a court case was under way to stop his removal. The 27-year-old ... Read More »

On the rule of law

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What it is, why it matters, and what threatens it TheMonthly – By Martin Krygier A judge. Source On 11 August, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights released an unsung but remarkable critique of the government’s bill to allow dual nationals to be stripped of their Australian citizenship.  Again and again, the committee finds that the Australian Citizenship Amendment ... Read More »