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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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May 24, 2015

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The 2015 Human Rights Report – When prison authorities should be charged with contempt

By Gideon Boas 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.  Prison overcrowding is a serious issue for the Victorian justice system with implications for the fundamental human rights of prisoners, especially in situations where they are prevented from attending […]

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May 23, 2015

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The 2015 Human Rights Report – Prisoners’ rights: a missed opportunity for the Victorian Charter

By Dr Julie Debeljak 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.  The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act (Charter) allows people to complain to the courts about human rights abuses. Unfortunately, judges and lawyers have often failed […]

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May 20, 2015

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The 2015 Human Rights Report – Land Grabs in Cambodia: Brought to you by Western Consumers

By Adam McBeth This article is featured in the 2015 Castan Centre Human Rights Report. We will be featuring the articles on the blog throughout the month of May.  The story of what happened to Boeung Kak, a lake once crucial to Phnom Phen in preventing flooding from rivers during monsoon season, illustrates the problem of corruption and human rights […]

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May 18, 2015

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The 2015 Human Rights Report – The International Criminal Court’s Africa Problem

By Joanna Kyriakakis This article 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 2014, Andrew Wilkie MP proposed that the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigate our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and his cabinet for crimes against asylum seekers. Similar calls were made […]

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May 15, 2015

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The 2015 Human Rights Report – Going to jail for not having a birth certificate? It happens

By Paula Gerber and Melissa Castan This article is featured in the 2015 Castan Centre Human Rights Report. We will be featuring the articles on the blog throughout the month of May.  It is well known that millions of children around the world never have their births registered. UNICEF puts the total number of unregistered births at 230 […]

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May 14, 2015

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The 2015 Human Rights Report – Indigenous Rights 2014/5: Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts?

By Stephen Gray and Melissa Castan 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 the past twelve months, Australian Indigenous affairs have witnessed three so-called ‘developments’: more weighty and bewildering government reports; more unsuccessful test cases brought by […]

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May 11, 2015

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The 2015 Human Rights Report – Torture and Refoulement: the Shame of Liberal Democracies

By Sarah Joseph 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.  Gross human rights abuses happen all over the world. They are not confined to the barbaric acts of groups such as Islamic State. Indeed, even liberal democracies, such […]

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May 4, 2015

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The Bali Nine could happen again tomorrow: the rules still allow Australian police to provide information in death penalty cases

By Adam McBeth It has been well documented that the intervention of the Australian Federal Police played a central role in the arrest of the Bali Nine in Indonesia in 2005, ultimately leading to the execution by firing squad of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran on 29 April 2015. Without the information provided by the […]

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April 23, 2015

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The evidence is in: you can’t link imprisonment to crime rates

By Bronwyn Naylor Prison populations in Australia are increasing rapidly. This is usually said to be driven by increases in crime. Digging deeper though, in Australia and internationally, the link is far less clear. The extent of a country’s use of imprisonment seems in fact to be more a matter of policy choice than of […]

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