Human Rights

Defeated by high legal costs: the terrible injustice most of us could face

It’s one of the most glaring gaps between theory and practice in our community, a huge disconnect between our democracy and our economy. A terrible injustice most of us could face. Everyone knows about it, but it’s rarely discussed. Ross Gittins Brisbane Times What is it? The prohibitively high cost of justice. We’re all supposed to be equal before the law, but you ain’t anything like equal if they can afford a lawyer and you can’t. The president of the ... Read More »

Turkish Airlines pilot refuses to fly failed Kent asylum seeker

A failed asylum seeker remains in the UK after the pilot of a plane on which he was to be deported to Afghanistan via Istanbul refused to fly him. ABC Samim Bigzad, 22, had been living in Ramsgate, Kent, after entering the UK illegally two years ago in order to join his father who was granted asylum. The Turkish Airlines pilot refused to fly Mr Bigzad when he became hysterical as he was put on the plane at Heathrow. He ... Read More »

Dutton should learn to live with lawyers helping in matters of life and death

Mandatory detention and boat turn-backs have been proposed – and rejected – in the past. How have we moved from a humanitarian approach to this cruelty? Claire Higgins The Guardian <linkrel=”stylesheet”type=”text/css”href=”https://assets.guim.co.uk/stylesheets/4c4e9fc6f6275cf538d9f9f274cb7afd/content.css”/> Lawyers who defend asylum seekers, the immigration minister believes, are ”un-Australian”. Peter Dutton is not the first minister to level criticism at asylum seeker advocates. But history shows that things could – and should – have turned out very differently. Speaking in the wake of news that the Turnbull ... Read More »

Thousands more Rohingya flee to border as Myanmar violence flares

More than 18,000 Rohingya Muslims, many sick and some with bullet wounds, have fled the worst violence to grip northwest Myanmar in at least five years, while thousands more are stuck at the Bangladesh border or scrambling to reach it. COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – Reuters Hurriyet Aug. 25’s series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state and ensuing clashes triggered the Rohingya exodus, while the government evacuated thousands of Rakhine Buddhists. ... Read More »

Churches offer sanctuary to asylum seekers affected by welfare crackdown

Australia’s Christian churches are offering sanctuary to 100 asylum seekers caught up in a Government welfare crackdown affecting those who were originally transported to Australia for medical treatment. Lexy Hamilton-Smith ABC Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has said those whose treatment had been finalised would no longer receive financial assistance from the Government. The asylum seekers have been meeting with Immigration officials over the last two days to discuss cuts to their assistance. However, if they can find a way to ... Read More »

Court ‘satisfied’ the community is protected from child sex offender

A 46-year-old man who was imprisoned in Queensland and Mexico for child sex offences and breached the requirements of his supervision order has been released from custody to continue community supervision. Rachel Clun Brisbane Times The man served a four years sentence in Queensland for sexual offences against three young boys, and part of a 10-year sentence in Mexico for sexual offences against male children under the age of 12. He was subjected to a supervision order on February 1, 2016. ... Read More »

Rohingya refugees ‘forcibly returned’ to Myanmar

Rights group asks Bangladesh not to turn away refugees, and slams Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘unacceptable response’ to crisis. Al Jazeera Bangladesh has detained and forcibly returned at least 90 Muslim Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar, as thousands of civilians from the ethnic minority area, on the other side of the border, attempt to escape from continuing violence that has killed scores of people. At least 20 Rohingya were caught on Sunday and sent back after crossing the Naf river, ... Read More »

Tamie Fraser to continue legacy of late husband and former Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser

The ASRC is thrilled to announce that Tamie Fraser, widow of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, stands beside us as a Patron. Mr Fraser, who served as the 22nd Prime Minister of Australia between 1975 and 1983, was himself an active ASRC patron until his death in March 2015 (and he is still honoured as a Patron now). Mrs Fraser has long been an advocate for the rights of people seeking asylum, and a critic of offshore detention and other ... Read More »

Gillian Triggs labels Turnbull government ‘disgraceful’, accuses it of peddling ‘alternative facts’

Gillian Triggs has unloaded on the Turnbull government, labelling its actions “disgraceful”, and accusing it of abusing executive power and manipulating the truth. Eryk Bagshaw The Age In her first public speech since stepping down as president of the Australian Human Rights Commission in July, Professor Triggs attacked Coalition government ministers for interfering with the judicial system and for destroying the integrity of Parliament by peddling “alternative… ” A culture of post-truth has allowed politicians and Parliament to reject evidence ... Read More »

Governments that pay people smugglers should face legal action, Indonesia’s UNHCR rep says

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) representative in Indonesia, Thomas Vargas, has warned people smugglers remain active in the region and said legal action should be taken against governments that make payments to smugglers. By Indonesia correspondent Samantha Hawley ABC An Australian official is alleged to have given six crew members $US30,000 ($37,000) to turn a boat carrying 65 asylum seekers back to Indonesia in May 2015. In an interview with the ABC, Mr Vargas said any nation that ... Read More »

Inequality has a major impact on a country’s wellbeing. Why?

I’ve been in South Africa and the US recently. From geography to development both countries are, of course, very different. But they do share some similarities. Vincent Chin World Economic Forum Take inequality, for example. This issue – which is by no means limited to their shores – has become a deeply rooted feature of their social and economic landscapes, one that proven stubbornly resistant to attempted remedies. Inequality has many invidious consequences – too many to list here. This ... Read More »

UNAMA Human Rights Report on Mass Killings in Mirza Olang

KABUL – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released today the initial findings of its human rights fact-finding into the 3 to 5 August attack on Mirza Olang village in Sayyad district of Sari Pul… UNAMA verified allegations that Taliban and local self-proclaimed Islamic State / Daesh fighters killed at least 36 persons, including civilians and person hors de combat, during the attack on Mirza… At least half of the killings took place on Saturday 5 August when Anti-Government Elements ... Read More »

Malta ‘denies’ Defend Europe anti-migrant boat

Aid groups applaud Maltese government, saying snub sends ‘a clear message against the politics of hate and extremism’. Al Jazeera Malta has said a vessel carrying anti-migrant and anti-refugee activists was “not welcome”, allegedly denying the boat from docking on its shore. Far-right members of the Defend Europe group, who were aboard the C-Star vessel, said they were denied port access and a request for water sent out to the vessel, according to a statement on the group’s Facebook page. ... Read More »

Make no mistake, stalking is about power and entitlement over women

WHAT part of ”œit’s over” don’t men get? The refusal to accept the end of a relationship is not about being stubborn or stupid. When it extends to stalking, it’s about power and entitlement – the abuse of the former and an excess of the latter. Kylie Lang The Courier-Mail Mental illness, though often cited, is rarely involved. How have we come to the point in our nominally civilised society when one in five women is a victim of stalking? ... Read More »

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson wears burqa in Senate question time stunt

Face fully covered, the woman in black didn’t need to say anything as she entered the Senate. Pauline Hanson had made her point. Amy Remeikis The Age The One Nation leader took her seat for question time wearing a black burqa, ahead of her motion to ban the garment that was due for debate later on Thursday. The Queensland senator has rallied against the burqa since returning to Parliament last… Senate President Stephen Parry admitted there was not a lot he could ... Read More »

Turkey Uncensored: Will Turkey Succeed in Turning the Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque?

The Islamist Felicity Party (Turkish: Saadet Partisi) organized the “Great Jerusalem demonstration” on July 30 in Istanbul. This event attended by thousands of people who condemned Israel following the recent incidents on the Temple Mount. Uzay Bulut Philos Project The demo quickly turned into an anti-Israel and anti-Jew hate fest in which several Islamic activists delivered harsh speeches against the Jewish State. Mustafa Koylu, the head of the Cansuyu Association, said, “You have to do one thing so that those who do not see ... Read More »