Humanity

Australia’s detention centres a crime against humanity, says submission before ICC

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Australia’s network of offshore immigration detention centres could constitute a crime against humanity, according to a submission before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Stephanie Anderson ABC The 115-page submission from the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) argues Australia’s immigration policy constitutes an attack against the civilian population — something which could be classified as a crime against… Australia’s detention centres… Read More »

How to tackle repetitive droughts in the Horn of Africa

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Investing in localised initiatives to mitigate drought can help the continent to break the cyclic nature of disasters. Esther Ngumbi Al Jazeera News The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently declared that millions of citizens in the Horn of Africa face food shortages. Owing to a persistent… How to tackle… Read More »

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

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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 »

International Criminal Court told Australia’s detention regime could be a crime against humanity

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Submission argues ICC should investigate possible crimes ‘committed by individuals and corporate actors’ Ben Doherty The Guardian Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime could constitute a crime against humanity, a petition before the International Criminal Court from a… International Criminal Court… Read More »

How to Lose a Country: Henry David Thoreau, the Politics of Nature and the Citizenship of Fear

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Jedediah Purdy is Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke University. Jedediah Purdy ABC His most recent book is After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene. “I have lived for… How to Lose… Read More »

Dani Garavelli: Duty to refugees is bigger than politics

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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 »

Women and children ‘endure rape, beatings and abuse’ inside Dunkirk’s refugee camp

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The fate of those stranded by the UK’s decision to limit taking child refugees from France Mark Townsend The Guardian Children and women are being raped by traffickers inside a refugee camp in northern France, according to detailed testimony gathered ahead of fresh legal action against the… Women and children… Read More »

Peaceful Protests Are Not a Crime

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A bit of silver lining at the onset of the Trump administration has been the groundswell of activism by hundreds of thousands of Americans taking to the streets to face off against a president, and a Republican establishment, they see as reckless, divisive and destructive. The Editorial Board The New York Times But Republican lawmakers have been so alarmed by the size and intensity of the demonstrations — for women’s rights, immigrants and the environment — and by protests around ... Read More »

Australia urged to act as outrage over Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya grows

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Bangkok: A coalition of organisations has called on the Australian government to urgently pressure Myanmar authorities to condemn atrocities, including the slaughter of babies, in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State and… Lindsay Murdoch The Canberra Times “The recounts from Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar are horrific and truly devastating,” said Kate Lee, executive officer of… Australia urged to… Read More »

Breaking Up the Family as a Way to Break Up the Mob

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REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy — Fighting the mafia at the very toe of Italy, Roberto Di Bella has seen a lot: children as young as 11 or 12 serving as lookouts during murders, attending drug deals and… Gaia Pianigiani The New York Times But it was the day he charged the younger brother of a minor he had jailed years before that he decided to take a… Breaking Up the… Read More »

Media Sauce: Where’s BLeak when it comes to #FreeSpeech for cartoonists?

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A large number of Australian cartoonists have supported international efforts to get their colleagues out of detention in Malaysia, Turkey and Manus Island but, as Dr Martin Hirst discovered, there’s… Martin Hirst Independent Australia  Where’s #FreeSpeech Bill when we… The Australian’s highly… Media Sauce: Where’s… Read More »

Juvenile justice to face scrutiny after Australia ratifies torture treaty

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Attorney general George Brandis announces optional protocol to the convention against torture will finally be ratified Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson and Paul Karp The Guardian Australia has promised to ratify an international treaty that will bring all its detention sites – including juvenile justice centres such as Don Dale and… Juvenile justice to… Read More »

Eva Cox’s wisdom: dare to be difficult

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In a lifetime of pushing the boundaries, from her birth in 1930s Austria and through her postwar life in Australia, the feminist, academic and activist Eva Cox has never shied away from being difficult. David Fanner and Lucy Clark The Guardian Video In fact, she sees it as her duty. ‘Don’t worry about being called difficult. It shows you’re making a difference… We need the stirrers, we need the outsiders, we need the people who change things’ Eva Cox’s wisdom… Read More »

UN alarmed at reports of forced deportations of Manus asylum seekers

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The United Nations refugee agency has expressed alarm at reports that Papua New Guinea has begun forced deportations from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus… Michael Koziol, Michael Gordon The Age An attempt to remove two Nepalese asylum seekers from the island was made early on… It is understood one of the… UN alarmed at… Read More »

Kenya’s high court declares move to close the world’s largest refugee camp illegal

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A Kenyan court has ruled that the government must not close the world’s largest refugee camp and send more than 200,000 people back to war-torn… ABC The decision that eases pressure on Somalis who feared the camp would close by the end of… Kenya’s Internal Security Minister abused his power by ordering the closure of Dadaab camp, Judge… Kenya’s high court… Read More »

What will Donald Trump mean for America’s half a million homeless people?

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Bad weather has been forecast — high winds and freezing rain — but today Daniel is lucky: he has the sun on his face and a spot at the entrance to the famous Santa Monica Pier, one of LA’s premier beachside… RN – By Antony Funnell ABC It’s a commanding view, but Daniel’s not there for the sightseeing, he’s there to beg. What will Donald… Read More »