Human Rights

Send them to Taiwan: Turnbull government’s secret refugee deal revealed

The Turnbull government has signed a deal to send refugees on Nauru who need urgent medical care to Taiwan, in an undisclosed arrangement aimed at stopping them from applying to stay in Australia after being treated in local hospitals. David Wroe The Age Fairfax Media can reveal Australia signed a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan – which is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention – in September last year that has so far seen about five refugees flown ... Read More »

Donald Trump makes Time cover again, this time over US-Mexico border immigration crisis

Donald Trump has got himself another Time magazine cover, but it’s probably not one he’ll be rushing to get his hands on. ABC The iconic American weekly news magazine published its latest front page and it was quickly being shared across the internet. It draws on the immigration crisis on the US-Mexico border and features the President looking down over a crying toddler. That crying toddler is a two-year-old Honduran, who was captured in a photo with her mother that ... Read More »

Thailand: Resuming Death Penalty a Major Setback

Government Executes a Prisoner After 9-Year Moratorium (New York) – The Thai government should halt further executions and publicly resume its de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said today. HRW Thai authorities executed a 26-year-old man by lethal injection on June 18, 2018, the country’s first execution since August 2009. “Thailand’s resumed use of the death penalty marks a major setback for human rights,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “The Thai government’s many pledges ... Read More »

UN Human Rights Council Should Act on Venezuela

Venezuelan Crisis needs to be a Council Priority Leila Swan HRW No one was surprised when Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro was re-elected last May, or when the opposition alleged voting irregularities. Unofficial reports estimated low voter turnout, less than 40%, despite government officials’ frantic attempts to increase participation. Upon hearing the results, Maduro sang victory, claiming “The whole of Venezuela has triumphed! Democracy has triumphed! Peace has triumphed!”. Yet the elections were rejected by democracies world-wide. The Lima Group – comprised… UN ... Read More »

How a photo research project gives refugee women a voice in resettlement policy

Between 2000 and 2017, the number of refugees and asylum seekers globally increased from 16 to 26 million. Authors: The Conversation In 2016, women made up 49% of global refugees. Dominant representations of refugee women are that of vulnerable and helpless victims. This disregards women’s agency, voice, and deep desire for education and social enterprise. Australia’s refugee intake is expected to increase to 18,750 in 2018-19, the largest intake in 30 years. In 1989, Australia established a “Woman at Risk” ... Read More »

How refugee children make American education stronger

In recent years, there has been a great deal of public angst about refugee resettlement in the U.S. and Europe. Shawna Shapiro The Conversation Americans are deeply divided on the issue. For instance, a Pew Research Center study published in May of this year found that only a quarter of Republicans and right-leaning independents say the U.S. “has a responsibility to accept more refugees,” compared with almost three-quarters of Democrats and… Policies under the Trump administration reflect this division: The ... Read More »

Australia must reconsider how it deals with refugees

Nearly 70 million people globally are now forcibly displaced from their homes and 25.4 million of them are refugees. More people are fleeing conflict and catastrophe than at any other time in history. Ian Smith Brisbane Times The Middle East, South-East Asia, Central America and Africa are all melting pots of enormous unrest. The movement of so many people impacts every country in the world. In danger, people will do the natural thing and look after their families by searching ... Read More »

It’s 34,361 and rising: how the List tallies Europe’s migrant bodycount

The deaths do not just occur at sea – but in detention blocks, asylum units and even town centres. Here’s how the List is put together The boat capsized in rough seas in March close to Italian territorial waters. by Niamh McIntyre and Mark Rice-Oxley, graphics by Niko Kommenda and Pablo Gutiérrez The Guardian A search and rescue operation fished bodies from the sea, dead and alive. Many of the ship’s passengers remained unaccounted for. No one knew quite how many. It’s a grimly familiar tale ... Read More »

Trump Retreats on Separating Families, but Thousands May Remain Apart

WASHINGTON — President Trump caved to enormous political pressure on Wednesday and signed an executive order meant to end the separation of families at the border by detaining parents and… By Michael D. Shear, Abby Goodnough and Maggie Haberman The New York Times “We’re going to have strong — very strong — borders, but we are going to keep the families together,” Mr. Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office. “I didn’t like the sight or ... Read More »

Hungary passes ‘Stop Soros’ law banning help for migrants

The Hungarian parliament has passed new legislation that criminalises lawyers and activists who help asylum seekers. BBC Anyone “facilitating illegal immigration” will face a year in jail. Viktor Orban’s government has dubbed the legislation the “Stop Soros law”, after the billionaire philanthropist it accuses of supporting Muslim migrants. The vote in Budapest came hours after a number of European Union leaders agreed to hold crisis talks on how to overhaul asylum rules. Hungary says immigration… Hungary passes ‘Stop… Read More »

US leaving UN’s Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias

The United States is leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” WASHINGTON – Associated Press Hurriyet It’s the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley said Tuesday the U.S. had given the human rights body “opportunity after opportunity” to make changes. She lambasted the council for “its chronic bias against Israel” and lamented the fact that its membership includes accused human rights abusers such ... Read More »

From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: ‘We saw corpses along the way’

Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers who are braving the longer Latin America route to the US. by Walker Dawson, Caron Creighton & Carlos Mureithi Al-Jazeera Tijuana, Mexico – Kombo Yannick, a 30-year-old pastor from Cameroon, waited in line with about 100 other asylum seekers at the US-Tijuana border on a chilly afternoon in late December. He and his wife had been in Tijuana for two days, and were speaking with an aid worker about where to find a bed ... Read More »

The human cost of Turkey’s crackdown

Today, if all goes to plan, I will step through the imposing metal gates of Şakran high security prison in Turkey. And there is nowhere else in the world I would rather be. Salil Shetty, Amnesty International I am in Turkey to attend tomorrow’s trial of our jailed Amnesty Turkey honorary chair, Taner Kılıç, in Istanbul. But before the hearing begins I have travelled to the seaside city of Izmir where I have been granted permission to visit Taner for ... Read More »

‘You will be responsible’: a mother’s warning is unheeded on Nauru

For months in the Australian-run detention centre she pleaded for her sons. The eldest, Fariborz Karami, killed himself last week Saba Vasefi and Ben Doherty The Guardian Two days before her son took his own life on Nauru, Fazileh Mansour Beigi’s final plea for help carried with it a warning too. For months inside the Australian-run regional processing centre, Mansour Beigi had begged for help for her sons, whom she had watched deteriorate over five years in immigration detention. To ... Read More »

Refugees’ lives have become weapons in a rugged political contest

For the past five years, Australia has used the lives of 2,000 innocent refugees as a political game Behrouz Boochani The Guardian On 19 July 2013, Kevin Rudd, the then prime minister of the Labor government, announced the resumption of offshore processing. According to the policy, whoever came to Australia by boat would be exiled to Manus Island and Nauru. Together with 60 other people travelling on a leaky boat headed for Australia, I was lost on the ocean when the ... Read More »