Refugees

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 »

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 »

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 »

‘Worse than death’ Nauru: A mother’s story

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Another shocking first-hand account of the appalling conditions in offshore detention, this time on Nauru. Sarah Smith reports. Sarah Smith Independent Australia MARIE* AND I have a lot in common. We are both… ‘Worse than death… Read More »

America’s loss will be our gain

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It was Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, detained on Manus Island since August 2013, who first alerted me to the story of Mehdi Savari. Arnold Zable The Age Short in stature, 31 years old, in Iran Savari was a stage actor, troubadour, magician and comedian, and the host of a popular… America’s loss will… Read More »

Australians protest in support of refugees

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Protests have continued around Australia, as the White House confirmed the US President will honour a refugee resettlement deal with Australia – in some way. Sonja Heydeman and Biwa Kwan SBS Under the deal, the United States would take up to 1,250 asylum seekers from Manus Island and Nauru. In return, Australia… Australians protest in… Read More »

Systematic racism, dehumanisation and Islamophobia

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The destruction and degradation of human life is always insidious and systematic. Roj Amedi The Saturday Paper Once basic values of human life and human rights are eroded by propaganda and falsehoods, society becomes accustomed to performing and entrenching oppression. The voices of… Systematic racism, dehumanisation… Read More »

The Australia government is playing Russian roulette with women’s lives

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The case of a pregnant woman with pre-eclampsia on Nauru is sadly representative of a broader risk women face on the island Katie Robertson The Guardian  While much focus this week has been on whether President Trump will honour the covert deal made by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and… The Australia government… Read More »

Close Manus and Nauru, bring refugees here say 70 organisations

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Coalition of charities, aid groups, unions and thinktanks says refugee deal with US in ‘serious doubt’ and call for bipartisan policy to evacuate… Michael Slezak The Guardian With the US-Australia refugee deal now in doubt, an unprecedented coalition of more than 70 organisations has joined forces to call for immigration camps… Close Manus and… Read More »

Why Middle Eastern nations support Trump’s immigration halt

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The US president’s measure has had precisely the result he intended, giving succour to those engaged in an existential war against jihadist elements Spengler Asia Times Critics of President Trump’s temporary travel ban on seven Muslim nations should remember the Chinese proverb, “Kill the chicken and let the monkey watch.” The much-criticized measure… Why Middle Eastern nations… Read More »

On refugees, Trump and Turnbull compete in a race to the bottom

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As the former Australian immigration minister said about Trump’s border plans: ‘Really, the rest of the world is catching up to… Oliver Laughland The Guardian The fallout between President Donald Trump and the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, on the resettlement of refugees is not only an… On refugees, Trump… Read More »

The Australia government is playing Russian roulette with women’s lives

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The case of a pregnant woman with pre-eclampsia on Nauru is sadly representative of a broader risk women face on the island Katie Robertson The Guardian While much focus this week has been on whether President Trump will honour the covert deal made by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Obama administration to accept some of the refugees held in Australia’s… The Australia government… Read More »

Lives turned upside down at the stroke of US President Donald Trump’s pen

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The absurdity of the perceived threat posed by refugees and immigrants from ‘banned’ countries is about politics not US security, writes Tania Karas. Tania Karas Irish Examiner Farah Marcolla’s life has been upended by the stroke of US President Donald Trump’s pen. The United States government… Lives turned upside… Read More »