Human Rights

The Children Of Crisis | Kailash Satyarthi

For the first time ever, the international community will come together in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May, 2016, to discuss the serious humanitarian crisis that the world is facing. At the summit, the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, along with our partners, will bring together leaders at a discussion on protecting children. Through a high-level panel, we will aim to build a strong political will to bring the issues of child labour, slavery and deprivation from education ... Read More »

Vietnamese asylum seekers forcibly returned by Australia face jail

Four Vietnamese asylum seekers forcibly returned to their country by Australia will appear in court on Thursday, facing up to seven years in jail for trying to flee. Four others have already been jailed for between two and three years for illegally leaving the country, despite written assurances from the Vietnamese government – according to the commander of Operation Sovereign Borders – that they would not be charged or punished for leaving… Source: Inkl: The Guardian – AU – Vietnamese ... Read More »

Myanmar’s shame

Rohingya Muslims, in camps, wait for what democracy led by a Nobel peace prize winner will bring them. So far: Nothing. Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her “non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights”. Back then, she was a campaigner for those things, spending a total of 15 years under house arrest. She knows what it’s like to have rights and freedom taken away… Source: Myanmar’s shame – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Rohingya Muslim shot dead by police in mass escape from Thai detention centre

Thai police shoot dead a Rohingya man from Myanmar during a mass escape from an immigration camp, police say.. Police Lieutenant Colonel Noppadon Rakchart said 21 Rohingya fled the Phangnga Immigration Detention Centre at about 1:00am after sawing through an iron bar in their communal cell… Source: Rohingya Muslim shot dead by police in mass escape from Thai detention centre – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

One day at Agkalia (Embrace)

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One day at Agkalia *(Embrace) we encountered group of seemingly tough young men. By Giorgos Tyrikos-Ergas * Μια μέρα στην Αγκαλιά… They set themselves apart from the other groups with the families and were just sitting around and loitering making comments about the volunteers, all kinds of insinuations about the women volunteers, and in general: they looked like trouble. When we started giving away food they did not wait in line. They cut in and grabbed it. To my request ... Read More »

Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’

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World Vision’s Tim Costello has weighed into the asylum seeker debate. The Greens support the World Vision boss’ criticism of offshore detention. The Australian Greens have backed comments by World Vision boss Tim Costello who says detaining asylum seekers offshore constitutes psychological torture. Costello on Sunday said there was “no question” about the mental torture… Source: Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’ Read More »

Editors vs judges: which right is supreme – press freedom or privacy?

Newspapers rage against judgment that endorses the injunction preventing them from identifying a celebrity involved in a three-way sexual encounter.. “Be you never so high, the law is above you.” When that term was coined in 1733, there was no electronic communication, let alone the internet. Within the jurisdiction of the English courts, the law was supreme. Every citizen, whether politician or journalist, was subject to the rule of law… Source: Editors vs judges: which right is supreme – press ... Read More »

Comment: Let’s not rest until the death penalty is a thing of the past around the world

In a sane world, shouldn’t the right to life trump political expediency? Apparently not: given the addiction of some countries to the death penalty, and the possible re-introduction of capital punishment by some of our neighbours in the region… Source: Comment: Let’s not rest until the death penalty is a thing of the past around the world | SBS News Read More »

How Australia stood up to minister’s ‘illiterate migrants’ comments – BBC News

When Australia’s immigration minister spoke out about the level of literacy and numeracy among migrants late on Tuesday, he was addressing what has become one of the hot potatoes of this election season. With the build-up to the 2 July vote now in full swing, Peter Dutton responded to proposals by the opposition Labor party to increase annual refugee numbers from 13,750 to 27,000. Source: How Australia stood up to minister’s ‘illiterate migrants’ comments – BBC News Read More »

In pictures: The Dutch prison asylum seekers call home

Life for asylum seekers inside the former prison of De Koepel in Haarlem, Netherlands. With crime declining in the Netherlands, the country is looking at new ways to utilise its prisons, and some, such as the former prison of De Koepel, in Haarlem, are being used as centres for asylum seekers… Source: In pictures: The Dutch prison asylum seekers call home – BBC News Read More »

Western governments have mishandled refugee crisis for decades

IT was near midnight on October 6, 1998 when the dilapidated 40-foot clinker pushed off from northern Lebanon into the eastern Mediterranean. There were 75 passengers on board, including 10 adult women and 24 children (one born just two days earlier). Each person had been charged $2,000 per head. People traffickers promised them safe passage and refuge in Italy. Their mode of transportation was later described as “barely a floating coffin”… Source: Western governments have mishandled refugee crisis for decades – ... Read More »

Australia ‘talking rubbish’ about breaking people smugglers’ business model, lawyer says

A human rights lawyer in Sri Lanka accuses Australia of breaching international obligations over the recent return of a group of asylum seekers.. Lakshan Dias is representing some of the 12 men, women and children who reached the Cocos-Keeling Islands in early May and were subsequently flown back to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo… Source: Australia ‘talking rubbish’ about breaking people smugglers’ business model, lawyer says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

If Europe Turns Its Back Now The Concept Of ‘Refugee’ Will Cease To Exist

As Europe contemplates taking a path forged by Australia, the lives of those who flee conflict now and in the future hang in the balance, writes Paul McPhun. This week Europe celebrated unity and peace on Europe Day. But in 2016 we fear its leaders, like Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader BillMore… Source: If Europe Turns Its Back Now The Concept Of ‘Refugee’ Will Cease To Exist – New Matilda Read More »

Rights groups slam Nepal deal on war crimes amnesty

Human rights groups accuse ruling coalition, including Maoists, of attempting to “wash away the crimes of the conflict”. Rights groups have slammed a deal between Nepal’s ruling parties to withdraw civil war cases from courts and offer amnesty to people accused of abuses during a decade-long Maoist rebellion… Source: Rights groups slam Nepal deal on war crimes amnesty – AJE News Read More »

Comment: Australia’s victim-blaming culture needs to end

Let’s get one thing straight: there’s only ever one person who is responsible for rape or a sexual assault. The perpetrator. Never the victim.  It’s as simple as that. It takes only one person to commit a sexual offence, and this policy remains the same no matter what the gender or the sexual orientation of the people involved. It is astounding that in 2016 there is still such a culture of victim blaming when it comes to sexual crimes, particularly ... Read More »

OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson | Julian Burnside

Offshore 2b Madeline Gleeson LLLL book

On 9 May I launched OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson (NewSouth Publishing, 2016, paperback) Madeline is a Research Associate at the wonderful Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law It is a terrific book.  Buy it; read it; ask yourself: “How did it come to this?” Here is my speech at the launch. I have launched quite a few books in my time.  I always read a book before launching it.  It can be a chore, at times. I have ... Read More »