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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

22 June 2012 Asylum seekers caught in treacherous conditions A boat carrying approximately 200 asylum seekers was caught in rough conditions and capsized approximately 110 nautical miles from Indonesia. The Hon. Jason Clare MP spoke about the search and rescue operation in a press conference this morning and stated that of the approximately 200 people […]

THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

15 June 2012 Large numbers of people with a disability subject to chemical restraint The Age has reported that more than 1800 people with a disability were drugged for the purposes of controlling their behaviour in 2011. A report by the Office of the Senior Practitioner released this week identified that the use of ‘chemical […]

THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

8 June 2012 Australians is support of protection for whistleblowers A recent poll has shown Australians are very much in support of protecting whistleblowers and their right to go to the media. This finding debunks the notion that Australians dislike “dobbers” and calls for the federal government to introduce promised legislation to safeguard whistleblowers. Independent […]

Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands

By Oliver Ramsay

This article is part of our June theme, which focuses on Indigenous People and their human rights. Read our Editorial for more on this theme. The Ngaanyatjarra lands stretch west some 1,000 kilometers from Alice Springs. They’re some of the remotest lands in the country and are home to 2,000 Aboriginal people spread across ten tiny […]

THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

1st June 2012 VEOHRC releases report on children relinquished into state care The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has released a report that examines instances where children with a disability are relinquished into state care. The report found that 50 or more families are surrendering the day to day care of children with […]

THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

 25 May 2012 High Court Challenge to indefinite detention Human rights lawyer David Manne has lodged a challenge in the High Court against the Australian governments policy of indefinite detention on the grounds of ASIO security assessments.  The case will argue that refugees should have the right to an independent review of their security assessments. […]

THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

18 May 2012 Board member of VEOHRC offers resignation after opposing same-sex marriage Professor Kuravilla George has offered to resign from his position on the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission after publicly opposing same-sex marriage. As a signatory to a submission from “Doctors of the Family” to a Senate Committee […]

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THIS WEEKS HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

4 May 2012 Announcement of new Commonwealth Children’s Commissioner The Commonwealth Attorney-General has announced that the Government will appoint a Children’s Commissioner to sit within the Australian Human Rights Commission. Commission president Catherine Branson has said that, “currently there is no coordinated approach to protecting children’s rights across Australia” and that there are many groups […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

13 April 2012 Sentencing Advisory Council releases report on sentencing children and young people in Victoria The Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council has released a report which aims to fill the gap in publicly available data on the sentencing of young offenders in Victoria. Sentencing Children and Young People in Victoria Report includes a discussion of […]