Ellen Hays spoke to Elaine Pearson, Australia director of Human Rights Watch, at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law’s annual conference, where Pearson was speaking on the consequences of Australia’s border protection policy.
Spencer Zifcak explains why Australia’s asylum seeker policy misses the scale of the global refugee tragedy, disregarding both the humanity of asylum seekers and Australia’s international responsibility.
A refugee’s journey is often filled with violence, even after they land on Australian shores. Asher Hirsch details some real examples of the violence that occurs in Australian-run detention centres.
How have human rights issued fared during the campaign coverage and exactly what role is the media playing? Pia Ella White examines the media’s performance.
Maya Borom reviews Antony Lowenstein’s latest book, Profits of Doom, which examines the impact of multinational corporations taking charge of traditional government functions.
By Roxanne Moore and Alexandra Scott. We cheered when Rudd abolished Temporary Protection Visas. We celebrated when Rudd ended the Pacific Solution. His return to power restored our hope… then suddenly – BAM – hello Darkness, my old friend. Now what? This shrewd policy has left most of us in despair, grasping at arguments which […]
Papua New Guinea is ranked 134 out of 147 in the UNDP’s Gender Development Index. Given that Australia accepts refugees from PNG on the basis of gender-based violence, Angelica Neville argues that the Australian Government will be sending female asylum seekers into harm’s way.
The power dynamic between Australia and its tropical neighbours is an unequal one, writes Kate Galloway. Australia’s call on its tropical neighbours to host offshore detention centres offers an interesting case study.
There is scope across the board for the Australian government to place a far stronger emphasis on human rights in its relationship with PNG, writes Jonathan Schultz.