Human Rights

George Brandis Says Asylum Seekers Break The Law, But Can’t Name Which One

‘I’m not going to quote a section.’ Attorney-General George Brandis clashed with barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside on the legality of asylum seekers after he said refugees who come to Australia commit “offences against our migration… Luke Cooper  The Huffington Post Brandis called any refugee who arrives “in the… George Brandis Says… Read More »

‘Last Night in Sweden’? Trump’s Remark Baffles a Nation

LONDON — Swedes reacted with confusion, anger and ridicule on Sunday to a vague remark by President Trump that suggested that something terrible had occurred in their… SEWELL CHAN  The New York Times During a campaign-style rally on Saturday in Florida, Mr. Trump issued a sharp if discursive attack on refugee policies in Europe, ticking off a list of places that have been hit by… ‘Last Night in… Read More »

Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all

Margot Wallström’s principled stand deserves wide support. Betrayal seems more… Nick Cohen The Spectator If the cries of ‘Je suis Charlie’ were sincere, the western world would be convulsed with worry and anger about the Wallström… It has all the ingredients for a clash-of-civilisations… A few weeks ago Margot Wallström, the Swedish foreign… Sweden’s feminist foreign… Read More »

Protesters in Barcelona urge Spain to take in more refugees

Tens of thousands of demonstrators march following mayor’s call to challenge the government over its failure to accept country’s quota of.. Agence France-Presse The Guardian Tens of thousands of people marched through Barcelona on Saturday urging the Spanish government to immediately meet its pledge to take in thousands of.. Protesters in Barcelona… Read More »

Australians believe 18C protections should stay

While debate over the merits of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act continues to rage, new research shows that an overwhelming majority of Australians support legislation that prevents insults on the basis of race, culture or religion. Andrew Jakubowicz, Kevin Dunn and Rachel Sharples The Conversation We found that just 10% of Australians believe people should have the freedom to “insult” and “offend” people on the basis of race, culture or religion. Over 75% are… Australians believe 18C… Read More »

Glimmer of hope for 10,000 refugees left stranded by Australia’s inaction

A federal court verdict exposed how valid citizenship applications from people who arrived by boat were shunted into a drawer and ignored. Ben Doherty The Guardian Now the immigration department has to say what it is going to do about them. Kyar was overjoyed to the receive the letter, embossed with the coat of arms of Australia and the… Glimmer of hope… Read More »

Suffer the little children: Sexual abuse and neglect by Church and state

Where is the outrage from our government at 4,444 reported cases of child sexual abuse over 30 years? The silence is deafening, says John Passant. John Passant Independent Australia IMAGINE if the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse had found and reported on widespread systemic abuse of children by Islamic religious leaders? The condemnation would… Suffer the little… Read More »

Triggs: public servants should know human rights obligations

Public servants should at least be aware of the human rights treaties to which Australia is party and the obligations they entail, says Gillian Triggs — and many do want to know how to do their… David Donaldson The Mandarin Public servants need to remember their obligations under international human rights treaties, despite… Triggs: public servants… Read More »

Do Iranian MPs want to send working women back home?

On Jan. 15, Iranian lawmakers approved a new law that would oblige state-run and public organizations to accept early retirement requests of female employees who have worked at least 20 years, without pushing any age limit. Alireza Ramezani Al Monitor At present, the age limit for early retirement of women covered by the Social Security Organization (SSO) is 52. The law needs… Do Iranian MPs… Read More »

We can stop the boats and also act decently, fairly and transparently

The only way forward in dealing with Manus Island and Nauru is for bipartisan commitment to keep the boats stopped while settling refugees in… Frank Brennan, Tim Costello, Robert Manne and John Menadue The Guardian Proven refugees who are still Australia’s responsibility have been languishing in camps on Nauru and Manus Island for well over three… The Refugee Council of Australia and… We can stop… Read More »

The sultanate of women: exploring female roles in perpetrating and preventing violent extremism

This paper examines the appeal of Islamic State (IS) to Western women and explores how women can be employed in countering violent extremism (CVE) structures to prevent further involvement. Sofia Patel Australian Policy Online It aims to deliver a comprehensive analysis for academics, policymakers and practitioners working in CVE program and policy design and implementation in order to bridge the gap between community development work and… The sultanate of… Read More »

Dani Garavelli: Duty to refugees is bigger than politics

The plight of Syrian children is far more important than politics, but Sturgeon richly deserves to tower over the Prime Minister from the moral high ground, writes Dani Garavelli The Scotsman One of the criticisms frequently levelled at the SNP is that it suffers from a “mora… The idea, promulgated by its opponents, is that the… Dani Garavelli: Duty… Read More »