Humanity

I feel free: Lawyer Nyadol Nyuon’s journey from horror to hope

Nyadol Nyuon is a commercial litigator at the prestigious Melbourne law firm, Arnold Bloch Leibler. She was born in the Itang refugee camp in Ethiopia, in 1987. Hannie Rayson WAtoday When Nyuon was four years old, there was conflict in Ethiopia. Her mother gave birth to her little sister, Nyanhial, and just two weeks later the family was forced to walk back to South Sudan. Her mother carried the baby in a bucket on her head. That journey took 40 ... Read More »

2040: hope and action in the climate crisis

It was framed as “the climate election”, but last week Australia returned a government with climate policies that make the task of building a zero-emissions, safe climate Australia even harder. John Wiseman The Conversation This result comes at a time when international studies are raising the real and imminent spectre of a mass extinction crisis and many communities are already struggling with the consequences of the climate emergency now unfolding around us. Amid the growing strength of movements like Extinction ... Read More »

Thai dissidents living in exile fear for their lives after a string of disappearances and murders

A string of mysterious murders and deportations across South-East Asia has Thai dissidents fearing for their lives and members of a controversial folk band say they may be targeted next. Liam Cochrane ABC The band Faiyen, which means “cold fire” in Thai, fled the country after the 2014 coup and has written songs criticising the military government and the monarchy. Late last week, the band posted a chilling message on Facebook. “We … fear for our lives. Many trusted people ... Read More »

An Opening for Internally Displaced Person Returns in Northern Myanmar

In 2011, fighting between Myanmar’s military and Kachin rebels displaced more than 100,000 people. Now they might be able to go home. ICG The military and insurgents should both cease fire while the government arranges for the internally displaced persons’ safe, voluntary return or resettlement. What’s new? The Myanmar government’s desire to close internally displaced person (IDP) camps and the Myanmar military’s unilateral ceasefire have created an opportunity to return or resettle people displaced by conflict in the… Discussions have ... Read More »

Australian artworks on climate change to feature in international exhibition

Global warming is a big concept that can be hard to grasp, and it is easy to glaze over when confronted with a raft of scientific statistics about temperatures and predicted sea level rises. Emma Siossian ABC Art, however, is a medium that is often more likely to engage people on an emotional level and international art exhibitions are increasingly focussing on environmental themes and climate change. One of the latest is an art-science exhibition called ‘Equilibrium’, which will be ... Read More »

Suicide crisis on Manus and Nauru island as six people make attempts on their lives after federal election result

Results of the federal election caused a suicide crisis on Manus and Nauru island Refugees at detention centres on the islands took to Twitter to express fear Up to six people have reportedly attempted to take their own lives since Sunday A total of six people have made attempts on their lives on  Manus and Nauru after the results of the federal election were announced, it has been claimed. By LAUREN FERRI FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA and AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS Refugees at ... Read More »

Aboriginal mothers are incarcerated at alarming rates – and their mental and physical health suffers

Aboriginal women are the fastest growing prison population in Australia. They comprise around one-third of female prisoners in New South Wales, despite making up just 3% of the population. Authors: The Conversation The majority of Aboriginal women in prison (more than 80%) are mothers. Our research team interviewed 43 Aboriginal mothers in six prisons across NSW about their physical and mental health and well-being. We found they were overwhelmingly unable to access culturally appropriate treatments for their mental health, well-being ... Read More »

Kon Karapanagiotidis: What the Morrison Government means for refugees

Our doors [at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre] have just opened for the first time since a Morrison Government was elected. Kon Karapanagiotidis Independent Australia I’m hurting just like I imagine you all are right now and I have shed more tears than I could have thought possible over this last weekend. But I feel most devastated for people seeking asylum, who were desperately holding onto the hope that a more compassionate government would be ushered in on Saturday. Still, ... Read More »

Returning from the Land of Jihad: The Fate of Women Associated with Boko Haram

Women are streaming home from Boko Haram’s domain in north-eastern Nigeria, some having escaped captivity and others having left jihadist husbands behind. ICG The state should safeguard these women from abuse, so that they stay in government-held areas and encourage men to come back as well. What’s new? The Nigerian military’s battle with Boko Haram has led tens of thousands of women formerly associated with the group to return to government-held towns across the north east. While prejudice against them ... Read More »

Migration is a growing issue, but it remains a challenge to define who actually is a migrant

According to the United Nations, more people live in a country other than their place of birth today than ever before. Authors: The Conversations The 2017 migration statistics show that about 34 people out of every 1,000 lived away from their place of birth. This number was over 31 in 2010, and 28 in 2000. Although the number of migrants is expected to grow, a clear understanding of contemporary migration remains a challenge. Defining who is a migrant This challenge ... Read More »

Christians seek refuge after deadly Burkina attacks

KAYA, Burkina Faso (Reuters) – Concerned about a rise in violence against Christians in Burkina Faso, Pastor Jacques Ouedraogo changed the time of his Sunday service as a precaution. He believes this is what saved his life. Thiam Ndiaga Reuters Later, his church was one of two targeted by gunmen on May 12 in the town of Dablo in a series of deadly attacks on churches and a religious procession in the last two weeks in Burkina’s formerly peaceful Central ... Read More »

How Australia ended up taking in Rwandans accused of killing tourists

Australia’s government faces questions over secret deal with US in which the men were granted humanitarian visas Helen Davison The Guardian Just hours out from a federal election, the Australian government is facing questions over its decision to grant humanitarian visas to two Rwandan men accused of the brutal 1999 murder of tourists in Uganda. The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has said that the men were subject to – and cleared – security checks, and on Friday distanced himself ... Read More »

Sweden v USA – What Happens Next In Assange?

It was confirmed this week that the Swedish authorities have reopened the criminal investigation into Julian Assange over allegations of rape in 2010. Gherson The decision comes as Assange is serving a prison sentence in the UK for breaching bail in the original extradition proceedings. Assange is also facing extradition to the USA in connection with hacking allegations. After years of deadlock with Assange holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy there is finally significant movement and many people are asking ... Read More »

Venezuela’s Collapse Is the Worst Outside of War in Decades, Economists Say

Butchers have stopped selling meat cuts in favor of offal, fat shavings and cow hooves, the only animal protein many of their customers can afford. Anatoly Kurmanaev The New York Times MARACAIBO, Venezuela — Zimbabwe’s collapse under Robert Mugabe. The fall of the Soviet Union. Cuba’s disastrous unraveling in the 1990s. The crumbling of Venezuela’s economy has now outpaced them all. Venezuela’s fall is the single largest economic collapse outside of war in at least 45 years, economists say. “It’s ... Read More »

Taiwan becomes first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage

Supporters celebrate as legislation is passed giving gay couples right to marry Lily Kuo The Guardian Taiwan has legalised same-sex marriage, the first of any Asian state, with the passage of legislation giving gay couples the right to marry. Lawmakers on Friday comfortably passed part of a bill that would allow gay couples to enter into “exclusive permanent unions” and apply for marriage registration with government agencies. Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, who campaigned on a platform of marriage equality, tweeted after the ... Read More »

Ramadan: how a new generation of British Muslims are becoming more green

Muslims worldwide are about to enter the second half of Ramadan, a month widely known to the public as one for fasting. William Barylo The Conversation However, growing concerns around the environmental crisis and social struggles across the globe have lead Muslims to consider its deeper meaning. For an increasing number of Muslims, Ramadan is interpreted as a time when they distance themselves from material needs, reconnect with nature and spirituality, acknowledge the suffering on the planet and challenge destructive ... Read More »