Human Rights Week – The Thursday Podcast

By Right Now Radio
Nauru Processing Facility

To celebrate Human Rights Week, we have a bumper edition of the Right Now Radio Triple R podcast.

Ben Schokman and Rachel Ball speak to Alex Pagliaro, refugee campaigner at Amnesty International about her recent trip to Nauru where she saw first hand the living conditions of asylum seekers sent to the island for off-shore processing.  Can you imagine 400 men living in tents in an area the size of half a football field in 40 degree heat?

Evelyn Tadros reports all the news and gossip from the 25th Australian Human Rights Commission awards at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, including from James Spigelman’s oration on where to draw the the line between hate speech and free speech.  Ev also managed to chat with some of the nominees and award winners, including Benson Saulo, National Director for the Indigenous Australian Youth Leadership Academy, Katie Pashley, winner of the 2012 human rights photography award and the principal and students of Holroyd High School, nominees of the community organisation award.

Finally, Jane Dixon talks to Ben and Rach about the funding crisis hitting Victorian Legal Aid and the likely impact  of the changes to the VLA funding guidelines on access to justice and the rights to fair trial.

To listen to the podcast, tune in at RRR. Have a happy human rights week!

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