Humanity

Refugees can offer economic boost to their host countries

Refugees are often considered an economic burden for the countries that take them in, but a new study conducted by UC Davis with the United Nations World Food Program indicates that refugees receiving aid—especially in the form of cash—can can give their host country’s economy a substantial boost. The researchers found that these economic benefits significantly exceeded the amount of the donated aid. The findings come as refugee numbers around the world are growing. In 2015, an estimated 15.1 million ... Read More »

Record 65.3 Million People Were Displaced Last Year: UNHCR

One in every 113 people on the planet is now a refugee.. GENEVA (Reuters) – A record 65.3 million people were uprooted worldwide last year, many of them fleeing wars only to face walls, tougher laws and xenophobia as they reach borders, the United Nations refugee agency said on Monday…. Source: Record 65.3 Million People Were Displaced Last Year: UNHCR Read More »

The worst I’ve seen – trauma expert lifts lid on ‘atrocity’ of Australia’s detention regime

Exclusive: In his 43-year career, Paul Stevenson has worked in the aftermath of the Bali bombings and the Boxing Day tsunami but says nothing he witnessed was as bad as the treatment of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus.. In my entire career of 43 years I have never seen more atrocity than I have seen in the incarcerated situations of Manus Island and Nauru.”… Source: The worst I’ve seen – trauma expert lifts lid on ‘atrocity’ of Australia’s detention ... Read More »

The number of homeless children reached 2,177 in May

Number of minors in emergency accommodation rose by 79% in a year.. The number of homeless children and families continues to increase with the latest figures for last month showing there were 2,177 homeless children in 1,054 families homeless across the State last month. This represents a 79 per cent increase in the number of children in emergency accommodation since May 2015, and an 86 per cent increase in families… Source: The number of homeless children reached 2,177 in May Read More »

Sri Lankans reportedly bound for Australia and stranded off Aceh to be ‘escorted’ back

A pregnant woman and nine children are among the 44 on the boat, which has been drifting off the coast of Lhoknga.. A group of Sri Lankans who were reportedly trying to reach Australia when their boat became stranded off Indonesia during bad weather are set to be “escorted” back towards India, officials say…. Source: Sri Lankans reportedly bound for Australia and stranded off Aceh to be ‘escorted’ back | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Samantha Power, Henry Kissinger & Imperial Delusions

Quite revealingly, the self-proclaimed crusader against genocide, Samantha Power, was awarded the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize in Berlin. That Power would be awarded a prize named after one of the world’s great génocidaires, and that she would happily accept it, proves what many of us have believed all along – that she is more the clever apologist for U.S. crimes than a bona fide human rights advocate… Source: Samantha Power, Henry Kissinger & Imperial Delusions Read More »

Turkey fails to meet criteria for visa-free EU travel

European commission says Turkey has not met conditions of possible deal including border security and human rights issues.. Turkey has missed an EU deadline that would have allowed its citizens visa-free travel through most of Europe, amid ongoing tensions over a controversial migration deal… Source: Turkey fails to meet criteria for visa-free EU travel | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Chasing Asylum: A film by Eva Orner

Reviewed by ARNOLD ZABLE Chasing Asylum is a visceral and confronting documentary which includes revealing, clandestine footage shot inside the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres. The images are reinforced by eye-witness accounts of former detention centre workers, and the observations of asylum seekers who have spent time inside the centres. Filmed by Oscar award-winning documentary maker, Eva Orner, it highlights the harsh conditions that asylum seekers have endured in offshore detention—and the punitive nature of a regime that breaks ... Read More »

In PNG and Nauru, Australia’s immigration policy comes at the expense of democracy

Australia’s offshore detention policy relies on the weakness of its post-colonial states, even as it weakens them further.. A regional solution for refugees. That was the liberal sweetener in the “expert panel” report of 2012, a document that endorsed the deterrent of offshore processing. Duly fortified against her left flank (one of the “experts” was Paris Aristotle, a well-respected “refugee advocate”), then prime minister Julia Gillard declared her government would “move urgently to restart offshore processing on Manus Island and ... Read More »

Resettling refugees in Australia would not resume the people-smuggling trade

In normal circumstances, deaths of asylum seekers, sexual assaults on adults and children, and widespread severe mental illness – including self-harm – attributable to the length and conditions of offshore detention would demand a reconsideration of the policies that allowed these events to occur. And yet, the Australian government and the Labor opposition maintain an unwavering, untested, bipartisan assertion: no-one will be resettled in Australia, as that will encourage people smugglers… Source: Resettling refugees in Australia would not resume the ... Read More »

Breda O’Brien: Irish need to be as good with the dying as we are with death

Unbearable suffering and assisted suicide are far from the only options at the end of life.. Recently, I read Séamus O’Mahony’s occasionally grumpy, sometimes bleakly humorous and always thought-provoking book, The Way We Die Now. O’Mahony, a consultant physician in Cork University Hospital, is suspicious of the idea of the “good death”. It is not that he does not believe that it is possible. He provides several examples in his book. He is… Source: Breda O’Brien: Irish need to be ... Read More »

Why human rights and Christian faith aren’t always compatible

Is the Christian faith compatibale with modern human rights? A recent conflict between Amnesty International and the Roman Catholic Church in Northern Ireland has sparked questions as to whether the modern manifestation of human rights and the Christian faith can ever see eye-to-eye. Catholics in Northern Ireland don’t want this human rights charity speaking in their schools because their views on abortion are in conflict with the Church’s pro-life position. Their protest is not a dispute of the good that ... Read More »

Refugee camps are not the answer to a complex crisis

With Kenya’s announcement to close down two of its biggest refugee camps, it’s time to focus on the effective alternatives.. At last month’s World Humanitarian Summit, Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto announced that the decision to close down its two largest refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, was final… Source: Refugee camps are not the answer to a complex crisis | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian Read More »

Referendum required as UN move confirms abortion law is unsustainable

Human Rights Committee decision underlines Eighth Amendment is incompatible with human rights.. Ιn a decision that will not have come as a surprise to those who are attentive to either international human rights law or abortion law in Ireland, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has found that a woman’s rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights were violated by her having to travel for an abortion in a situation of fatal foetal abnormality… Source: Referendum required as ... Read More »

A modern-day slave in Australia’s suburbs

The Global Slavery Index says there could be thousands of people in Australia living in conditions amounting to slavery, but that despite a tightening of laws, prosecutions are rare. The BBC’s Phil Mercer spoke to one woman about her experiences. Susan’s (not her real name) story began when the family who employed her as a housekeeper moved back to Sydney from east Africa. She knew the family well and trusted them. They had always been kind and generous, so it ... Read More »