Tag: nauru

  • NAURU’S RENUNCIATION OF APPEALS TO THE HIGH COURT – LAWFULNESS AND IMPLICATIONS

    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The Nauru Government surprised many in the international community earlier this week by announcing that it had withdrawn from a highly important judicial review agreement with Australia.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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Looking beyond Australia’s debate about asylum to better regional answers for refugees

    Guest Blogger: Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia The current international refugee situation is one of the most challenging the world has ever seen. Statistics recently released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) show that the number of people forcibly displaced worldwide has now topped 50 million, the highest level […]

  • 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 […]

  • 2014 Castan Human Rights Report: Asylum seekers punished more every year

    By Azadeh Dastyari The human rights of asylum seekers and refugees, in particular those who arrive in Australia by boat, continue to be gravely compromised. Australia has instigated a military response to ‘unauthorised maritime arrivals’ titled Operation Sovereign Borders, led by a three-star General. We are concerned that the emphasis on denying asylum seekers access […]

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