NAURU’S RENUNCIATION OF APPEALS TO THE HIGH COURT – LAWFULNESS AND IMPLICATIONS
By Maria O’Sullivan The Nauru Government surprised many in the international community earlier this week by announcing that it had withdrawn from a highly important judicial review agreement with Australia. This agreement allows applicants in Nauru to lodge an appeal with the High Court of Australia and therefore provides an important oversight mechanism for affected…
Are white farmers in South Africa refugees? Giving Protection to those in need.
By Maria O’Sullivan The Minister Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, announced last week that the government is considering giving visas to white farmers from South Africa on the basis that they are ‘persecuted’. The Minister noted that Australia has refugee, humanitarian and other visa programs which have the ‘potential to help some of these people’ and…
On the ground at Australia’s Universal Periodic Review
While Australia accepted the vast majority of the recommendations from the 2011 UPR…only 10% have been fully implemented.
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…
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…
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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