Humanity

Stopping the boats doesn’t stop the deaths

Successive Australian governments have boasted their success at “stopping the boats”  That is, they have stopped the boats arriving: we know they are still setting out, because our navy turn them back. But are we saving any lives by stopping refugees from getting to Australia?  No, we are not. Leave aside the refugees who are killed in detention (Reza Berati) or who die of medical neglect in detention (Hamid… Source: Stopping the boats doesn’t stop the deaths | Julian Burnside Read More »

Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns

Malawi’s albinos are at risk of “total extinction” amid escalating attacks against them for their body parts, the United Nations warned. Albinism is a genetic condition that leads to little or no pigment in the eyes, skin and hair. The southern African nation has about 10,000 albinos, according to the U.N… Source: Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns – CNN.com Read More »

Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country

Germany will this week start its first war crimes trial over Syrian atrocities, as a mass refugee influx brings suspects into the country. Aria L., a 21-year-old German national and suspected jihadist, posted on Facebook photos of himself posing next to two decapitated heads in Syria — and his case is not the only one from the war-torn country to occupy German justice… Source: Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country – ... Read More »

Eva Orner on Chasing Asylum: ‘Every whistleblower that I interviewed wept’

New film features shocking footage from within offshore detention centres. ‘I wanted to make a film that would shame Australia’, the film-maker says. Australia’s current refugee policy has been informed by a succession of prime ministers, and four of them have a part to play in the development of Chasing Asylum: a stunning new documentary directed by Eva Orner… Source: Eva Orner on Chasing Asylum: ‘Every whistleblower that I interviewed wept’ | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Cabinet approves €500 million for asylum seeker integration plans

Netherlands, Politics – The Dutch government is making 500 million euros available for the integration of asylum seekers who are given refugee status and allowed to stay in the Netherlands, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and… Source: Cabinet approves €500 million for asylum seeker integration plans – NL Times Read More »

Chasing Asylum first look review – asylum seeker documentary is vital and gut-wrenching

This viscerally intense exposé of Australia’s asylum seeker policy will make audiences feel like a brick smashed to pieces with a sledgehammer. If the debate about asylum seekers attempting to come to Australia has made your heart a little heavy over the years, be prepared for it to feel like a brick smashed to pieces with a… Source: Chasing Asylum first look review – asylum seeker documentary is vital and gut-wrenching | Film | The Guardian Read More »

Turnbull rejects New Zealand offer to take 150 refugees from detention

The prime minister says settlement in New Zealand would be used by people smugglers as a ‘marketing opportunity’. Malcolm Turnbull has again rejected an offer from New Zealand to take 150 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centres saying: “Settlement in a… Source: Turnbull rejects New Zealand offer to take 150 refugees from detention | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

EXPLAINER: What The PNG Supreme Court Decision Can Teach Us About Law And Justice

Tuesday’s Papua New Guinea Supreme Court decision has two vital lessons for Australia: the power of a Bill of Rights and the importance of a courageous Court. Thomas Kiat explains. The judgment blew a hole in Australia’s offshore detention network by declaring the arrangement unlawful under PNG’s Constitution. In doing so it raised the bar for theMore… Source: EXPLAINER: What The PNG Supreme Court Decision Can Teach Us About Law And Justice – New Matilda Read More »

Labor claims unity ticket with government on boat people, but not on Immigration Minister

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OPINION LABOR’S history means it will never win an asylum seeker debate in the broad electorate, but it could make a strong showing in another important area: Competence. On the eve of his calling the election, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is facing an accusation that the ministry he hand-picked might not be the smartest bunch in the… Source: The Manus Island decision illustrates how Peter Dutton and the Coalition lack a clear policy Read More »

Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka

After three decades of war with a local terrorist group, the island nation was beginning to enjoy peace and normalcy when the Syrian crisis erupted drawing some Sri Lankan Muslim youth to the conflict zone. Colombo responded quickly by joining hands with civil and religious groups to educate people about the danger of joining extremists groups like the… Source: Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka – Asia Times Read More »

Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the Manus Island regional processing centre will be closed following a ruling from the country’s Supreme Court. PNG’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday Australia’s detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island was illegal. Mr O’Neill has released a statement which said his… Source: Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

The Only Thing ‘Illegal’ About Asylum Seekers Is The Way Australia Treats Them

On 26 April, 2015, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court handed down a 5:0 ruling that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal. The Court ruled that detention in Manus breaches section 42 of PNG’s Constitution. Section 42 of the PNG Constitution provides (in part)… Source: The Only Thing ‘Illegal’ About Asylum Seekers Is The Way Australia Treats Them | Julian Burnside Read More »

Canberra rules out Australia for Manus detainees

The Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says detainees at its offshore detention facility on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea will not be brought back to Australia. PNG’s highest court ruled on Tuesday the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal… Source: Canberra rules out Australia for Manus detainees | Radio New Zealand News Read More »

Perth church protesters spared jail for refugee sit-in at Minister’s office

A group of Perth church leaders who staged a sit-in at Minister for Justice Michael Keenan’s office to protest against refugee children living in detention centres have been given spent convictions for trespassing and released on good behaviour bonds… Source: Perth church protesters spared jail for refugee sit-in at Minister’s office Read More »

Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has unveiled a statue of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The unveiling ceremony on April 27 was attended by Palestinian government ministers, diplomats, the leaders of various Palestinian factions and hundreds of Palestinian citizens… Source: Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah – MIDEAST Read More »

Shades of Abbott as Turnbull government attacks on climate, digs in on asylum seekers

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Malcolm Turnbull’s nose was out of joint when Tony Abbott said last month the Turnbull government would be running at the election on the Abbott government’s record. Turnbull insisted that while there might be continuities there was plenty of change… Source: Shades of Abbott as Turnbull government attacks on climate, digs in on asylum seekers Read More »