Author: Azadeh Dastyari

  • Explainer: why is Australia adopting the global refugee compact but not the migration compact?

    Explainer: why is Australia adopting the global refugee compact but not the migration compact?

    By Azadeh Dastyari A young girl protesting at a rally to bring refugees on Nauru and Manus Island to Australia. Photo: AAP/Penny Stephens   Australia was one of 176 countries to vote in favour of the Global Compact on Refugees (refugee compact) in mid-November this year. The United Nations General Assembly will adopt it by […]

  • Processing centres in North Africa are not the answer for EU refugees

    Processing centres in North Africa are not the answer for EU refugees

    Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron invited his counterparts from Libya, Niger, Chad, Italy, Germany and Spain to Paris to discuss ways of stopping the flow of irregular migrants and refugees through transit countries. The leaders explored the possibility of establishing processing facilities in North Africa to identify refugees and turn back anyone who does […]

  • What is happening in Manus and what can we do about it?

    What is happening in Manus and what can we do about it?

    The situation is becoming increasingly dire for asylum seekers and refugees who have been transferred to offshore processing centres by Australia, particularly for those who find themselves stranded in PNG’s Manus Island. As explained by our Deputy Director, Maria O’Sullivan, the PNG Supreme Court found in April 2016 that the detention centre in Manus Island […]

  • Nauru Files: Why Does this Policy Continue and What Can We do About it?

    Nauru Files: Why Does this Policy Continue and What Can We do About it?

       By Azadeh Dastyari On 10 August, The Guardian newspaper published the Nauru files,  approximately 2000 leaked incident reports from the Australian funded and operated detention centre on Nauru where men, women and children seeking Australia’s protection from harm are selected by our government and sent indefinitely. The more than 8000 pages of accounts paint […]

  • Handing over Tamils to the state they fled breaks international law

    by Azadeh Dastyari Australia appears to have reached a new all-time low in its violation of international obligations and its treatment of vulnerable people seeking Australia’s protection. If widespread media reports are true, Australia is preparing to hand over to the Sri Lankan Navy a group of Tamil asylum seekers who fled Sri Lanka. The group reportedly includes 37 […]

  • Deterring and denying asylum seekers in Australia

    By Azadeh Dastyari Australia has long prided itself on its commitment to fairness. It is a signatory to a range of international conventions intended to protect the vulnerable and has in the past provided sanctuary for those seeking refuge, most notably in the wake of the Vietnam War. In recent years, however, successive Australian governments […]

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