Refugees

Justice for the next Generation? The Collapse of Values.

I was honoured to be invited to give the 2018 Hobart Oration. Julian Burnside It is sponsored by the Bob Brown Foundation. Here is what I said. Hobart Oration 23 July 2018:  Justice for the next Generation?  The Collapse of Values. The two great issues our generation is leaving the next are climate change and the treatment of refugees. Climate change I have no hesitation in saying that climate change is the number one issue today: refugees are a second-order issue, ... Read More »

Toronto’s FCJ Refugee Centre Allows Asylum Seekers To Share Their Stories

“I want the politicians to know one thing: I can do great things.” Liam Casey Canadian Press HuffPost TORONTO — Inside a large brick home in midtown Toronto, people pore over documents needed to file refugee claims, discuss the legal aid system, and work through the challenges of finding housing. The FCJ Refugee Centre is a place where those who’ve been accepted as refugees help others seeking asylum deal with all sorts of practical issues. It’s also an environment where ... Read More »

U.N. pact offers hope to world’s climate migrants

The United Nations agreed to draw up a migration pact to cope with the millions of migrants moving from country to country. Now campaigners want nations to follow up with concrete… Lin Taylor Thomson Reuters Foundation LONDON, July 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Be it by flood, drought or hurricane, communities at risk of climate displacement have won vital protection after their plight was for the first time recognised in a… The United Nations agreed last Friday to draw up ... Read More »

What is happening on Nauru should shock the conscience of every Australian

It is important that we all know the truth of what our government is doing to innocent people Julian Burnside The Guardian In the middle of 2016 Guardian Australia published the Nauru files: more than 2,000 incident reports recording things that had happened in Australia’s refugee gulag on Nauru. The incident reports – made by people directly or indirectly employed by the Australian government – contained reports of assaults, sexual abuse, self-harm and child abuse. They gave an insight into the ... Read More »

Why attorneys represent immigrants for free

Scores of lawyers, paralegals and law students are volunteering to help immigrant families caught in the crosshairs of the Trump administration’s bid to drastically reduce the number of people without papers in the U.S. Eduardo Capulong The Conversation One of these movement’s highest priorities is assisting the more than 2,500 children separated from their parents in government custody. Mobilized by the American Bar Association, nonprofits like Lawyers for Good Government, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Immigration Lawyers ... Read More »

Wife’s despair as asylum seeker deported by Australia is arrested in Sri Lanka

Karthika Gnaneswaran says she and her 10-month-old daughter have been devastated by Thileepan’s removal Ben Doherty The Guardian The wife of deported Tamil asylum seeker Thileepan Gnaneswaran says she is devastated by her husband’s forced removal from Australia and arrest in Sri Lanka, and says her baby daughter faces a future where she might never see her father again. “We are all so depressed; my daughter is very upset, she misses her father,” Karthika Gnaneswaran told the Guardian. “My husband is ... Read More »

Australia deports Tamil asylum seeker, separating him from baby daughter

Thileepan faces permanent separation from his wife and child, who have been granted safe haven visas Ben Doherty The Guardian A 30-year-old Tamil asylum seeker faces permanent separation from his wife and 10-month-old Australian-born daughter, after being deported more than six years after arriving in Australia. Thileepan (like many Tamils he only uses one name) had been in Australia since arriving by boat in June 2012. He lived in the community for most of his time in Australia, marrying in ... Read More »

Adul Sam-on: the stateless boy who survived the Thai cave – and helped with the rescue

The dramatic rescue of the 12 boys trapped in Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand captured the world’s attention. Derina Johnson The Conversation But one young person in particular stood out: 14-year-old Adul Sam-on, who, as the only English speaker in the group (he also speaks Chinese, Burmese and Thai), greeted the British divers who found them, and… Adul is stateless. According to reports, he was born in Wa state, an unrecognised state within Myanmar which is unable to issue ... Read More »

Europe’s Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen

A recent European Council summit in Brussels was meant to articulate a united policy on the burgeoning refugees and migrant crisis. Instead, it served to highlight the bitter divisions among… Ramzy Baroud CounterPunch Considering the gravity of the matter, Europe’s self-serving policies are set to worsen an already tragic situation. True, several European leaders, including Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, went home to speak triumphantly of a ‘great victory’, achieved through a supposedly united European position. Italy’s Interior Minister, Matteo ... Read More »

Italian president intervenes in migrant stand-off, angering Salvini

President Sergio Mattarella has made a rare intervention in Italian politics to end a dispute within the ruling coalition over a migrant boat, angering right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. ROME – Reuters Hurriyet Mattarella contacted Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte late on July 12 to express his concern about the plight of 67 migrants rescued at sea and brought to a Sicilian port. Salvini had refused to allow them to disembark. The ship had been brought to the port of Trapani with the ... Read More »

Each time Australia delays bringing a sick child from Nauru, the stakes get higher

The government is playing a dangerous game with the lives of refugee children Ben Doherty The Guardian Last week, three children held in Australia’s offshore immigration regime on the island of Nauru were moved to Australia following court order or threat of legal action. In six months, eight cases have been brought before the Australian courts of children suffering life-threatening psychological or physical illness that cannot be properly treated on Nauru. Every one of those cases has been won. Children have been ... Read More »

Refugee crises need long-term solutions

Some Western leaders are tapping into nationalistic instincts of people to dehumanise asylum-seekers By Linda S. Heard, Special to Gulf News It seems to me that some opportunistic Western politicians are exploiting the refugee crises to feather their own nests by appealing to voters fearful of being culturally swamped and threatened economically. They tap in to people’s nationalistic instincts engendering contempt for the other, rendering ‘compassion’ to the status of a dirty word. More than 1,000 migrants crossing the Mediterranean ... Read More »

New migrant processing centres in EU must avoid inhumanity of ‘hotspots’ in Greece and Italy

A new plan to set up “controlled centres” to hold migrants once they arrive in EU territory risks repeating many mistakes of the past, bypassing due process and breaching fundamental human rights and… Samantha Velluti The Conversation At the EU’s June summit in Brussels, leaders agreed to create centres within EU member states to speed up the processing of asylum requests and assist those countries on the rim of the Mediterranean sea – such as Italy, Malta and… No country ... Read More »

Justice for Cyprus: The Goal should be Freedom from Occupation

Cyprus, a member state of the European Union, has been illegally occupied by Turkey since 1974. Turkey’s false excuse for its presence on the island is the “protection of Turkish Cypriots from Greek violence.” Uzay Bulut * H Fusion     However, in 2017, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tuğrul Türkeş revealed the real reason behind Turkey’s control of Cyprus:  “There is this misinformation that Turkey is interested in Cyprus because there is a Turkish society there… Kyrenia Harbour Even if no Turks lived in Cyprus, ... Read More »

‘We want peace’: A Rohingya family’s 40 years of suffering

Rohingya refugees tell of decades of persecution and horrors suffered at the hands of Myanmar security forces. Mohammed Jamjoom AlJazeera Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – Gul Zahar is the head of four generations of family and and the bearer of 40 years of suffering. A Rohingya refugee in her 90s, she has fled persecution in Myanmar on three separate occasions in her life: first in 1978, then in 1991 and, finally, in 2017. Like many other Rohingya members of her generation, Gul isn’t exactly sure how old ... Read More »

‘Are they going to shoot me?’: Statue of Liberty ​climber on her anti-Trump protest

Interview Exclusive: Patricia Okoumou says her four-hour standoff with police was fired by outrage at caging of migrant children Joanna Walters in New York The Guardian The grainy aerial images of a woman clinging to the skirts of the Statue of Liberty were beaming live around the world for hours on Independence Day, as police tried to talk her down from her protest against Trump immigration policies. But what was going through the woman’s mind as she huddled against the green metal ... Read More »