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August 4, 2015

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Another chimpanzee personhood claim fails, but there’s hope yet

By Joanna Kyriakakis Late last week, Judge Barbara Jaffe of the New York State Supreme Court declined to recognise the personhood of two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, for the purpose of a habeas corpus claim brought on their behalf. The chimpanzees are in the custody of Stony Brook University, where they are used for scientific research. […]

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July 31, 2015

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Joint Statement of Support for Adam Goodes

Today, a coalition of organisations has endorsed a statement in support of Sydney Swans player and former Australian of the Year Adam Goodes. The statement was prepared by the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the Australian Human Rights Commission and ANTaR. The Castan Centre is proud to be one of the endorsing organisations. The full text […]

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July 27, 2015

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Operation Sovereign Borders and the “Drownings Argument”

Operation Sovereign Borders, offshore detention and the ‘drownings argument’ Sarah Joseph, Monash University This article is based on Sarah Joseph’s presentation to the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law’s 2015 conference, delivered on July 24. On the day of the release of the Human Rights Commission’s report into children in detention, Prime Minister Tony Abbott […]

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June 29, 2015

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Out of the frying pan and into the fire: the plight of LGBTI refugees

By Paula Gerber and Jasmine Dawson Countries such as the US, Ireland, Finland and Scotland have recently joined the growing list of nations legalising same-sex marriage. But in many parts of the world the situation for LGBTI people is getting worse – rather than better. There are 77 countries that still criminalise homosexuality. The majority of these […]

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June 17, 2015

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New video explains the human right to vote

Today, the Castan Centre is launching a new video that uses humour interspersed with academic expertise to explain the human right to vote. For those who have been following along, this new video is the final episode of series two of “Have You Got That Right?”. The concept of the series is to answer important […]

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June 1, 2015

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No Andrew, it is not the responsibility of the LGBT community to help you hang on to your 1950s ideal of marriage

By Paula Gerber As a long time supporter of marriage equality and the rights of LGBT people, I generally find my views are diametrically opposed to those of conservative commentator Andrew Bolt. Imagine my surprise then to find Bolt citing my work to support his argument that the gay community must now adopt a conservative […]

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June 1, 2015

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The 2015 Human Rights Report – The latest refugee laws weaken protection for the vulnerable

By Maria O’Sullivan This piece is featured in the 2015 Castan Centre Human Rights Report. We will be featuring the articles on the blog throughout the month of May.  Refugee law in Australia is the subject of political controversy and rapid change. This was illustrated in the last hours of the final sitting of the Senate on […]

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May 31, 2015

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The 2015 Human Rights Report – Harsh treatment of asylum seekers breaches human rights

By Tania Penovic This piece is featured in the 2015 Castan Centre Human Rights Report. We will be featuring the articles on the blog throughout the month of May.  Since the Abbott Government’s election in 2013, it has used a military-led response to stop asylum seekers trying to reach Australia by boat. ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’ includes offshore […]

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May 30, 2015

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The 2015 Human Rights Report – Is the Pacific a Tropical Paradise? Not if you are LGBT

By Paula Gerber This piece is featured in the 2015 Castan Centre Human Rights Report. We will be featuring the articles on the blog throughout the month of May.  Most of us know that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face dire threats in countries like Russia, Uganda, Nigeria and Iran.  The media is filled with […]

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May 26, 2015

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The 2015 Human Rights Report – Why commercial surrogacy should be legalised

By Ronli Sifris This piece is featured in the 2015 Castan Centre Human Rights Report. We will be featuring the articles on the blog throughout the month of May.  In August 2014, the story of Baby Gammy hit the headlines nationwide. Baby Gammy was born with Down Syndrome as part of a surrogacy arrangement between his biological […]

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