Asylum Seekers

Burnside calls for Clooney’s support to make politicians face ICC

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Prominent barrister Julian Burnside QC (pictured) is looking to international lawyers to back his appeal for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Prime Minister Tony Abbott and minister for social services Scott Morrison. Lawyers Weekly – Felicity Nelson Mr Burnside told Lawyers Weekly it was his personal view that Mr Abbott and Mr Morrison, as well as politicians responsible for ... Read More »

Highest number of asylum applications submitted from Pakistan in 2014: report

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GENEVA: Over 26,000 applications were submitted for asylum from Pakistan in 2014, the highest-ever number of such applications on record from the country, making it the sixth largest source of asylum seekers. The Express Tribune – By Ismail Sheikh / Reuters According to a report published by the UNHCR titled “Asylum Trends 2014”, as many as 26,300 applications were submitted by asylum ... Read More »

New Senate inquiry to probe sexual abuse in Nauru detention centre

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Rapes, sexual assault, drugs for favours: review finds The full Moss Review report Analysis: Taking out the trash but too clever by half Someone owes someone an apology The Senate is set to launch an inquiry into abuse of women and children inside the Nauru detention centre after an independent report detailed allegations of rape, sexual assaults and intimidation. The ... Read More »

Refugee lawyer’s Clooney call

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One of the nation’s senior barristers, Julian Burnside, has started a campaign to convince the International Criminal Court to investigate Prime Minister Tony Abbott and former immigration minister Scott Morrison for crimes against humanity committed on refugees in offshore detention centres. Helen Shield Mr Burnside, a Melbourne QC, told a Perth audience at the weekend he was trying to recruit ... Read More »

World Vision and other aid agencies reject Australia’s refugee deal with Cambodia

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International aid agencies based in Cambodia have rejected the Abbott government’s resettlement deal, saying it  is not appropriate for a country that has been accused of human rights abuses and has no refugee resettlement experience. The Sydney Morning Herald - Sarah Whyte * Fairfax Media understands immigration officials Greg Kelly and Pilar Davidson, based in the Australian embassy, visited a number ... Read More »

Fraser didn’t move left, the party moved right

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Vale Malcolm Fraser, I didn’t know him well. Who did, really, outside his family? But if I may one brief personal reminiscence, it is of the last time I saw him to speak to for more than a few minutes, about a decade ago when I spoke at the opening dinner of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. The Sydney Morning ... Read More »

Someone owes someone an apology

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Rapes, sexual assault on Nauru: review The full Moss Review report Analysis: Taking out the trash but too clever by half The Moss report is a scathing indictment of the level of care afforded to vulnerable and damaged people who sought protection from Australia after fleeing persecution. The Age – Michael Gordon The picture it paints is shocking. It reports that ... Read More »

Nauru: Iranian refugee couple pelted with rocks by local men, sources say

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Man and wife were knocked off their motorbike by rocks and taken to hospital The Guardian – Ben Doherty @bendohertycorro An Iranian refugee couple has been taken to hospital after being pelted with rocks and knocked off their motorbike on Nauru on Monday night. The man and his wife were riding past the Menon Hotel in the capital Yaren about 10pm when ... Read More »

Australia urged to allow refugees to appeal ASIO ruling

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Australia has been urged  to comply with a United Nations ruling and allow more than 30 refugees to challenge the secret ASIO assessments used to justify their indefinite detention. The Age – Daniel Flitton, Senior Correspondent Harvard University law specialist Gerald Neuman, who recently completed a four-year elected term on the UN’s top human rights expert panel, said Australia’s refusal to reveal ... Read More »