Tag: refugee



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The Nauru Government surprised many in the international community earlier this week by announcing that it had withdrawn from a highly important judicial review agreement with Australia.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

  • 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 […]

  • Preventing asylum seekers’ return to harm through the High Court

    By Maria O’Sullivan Later today, the High Court is due to hear a challenge to the screening and transfer of a boatload of Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to Sri Lankan authorities. Under international law, return of persons to their country of origin without properly ascertaining if they are refugees is clearly in breach of […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Return to Rudd: a turn for the worse on asylum seeker policy?

    The night of Wednesday 26th of June was full of surprises. We got an old/new Prime Minister in Kevin Rudd, found out that our first female Prime Minister was quitting politics, and learned what the Foreign Minister Bob Carr thinks of refugees and our international obligations to protect them. Not much as it turns out. […]

  • 2013 Refugee Week Blog: Hope. It’s all I’ve got left

    By Jessie Taylor When I was approached by the Castan Centre to write a blog for refugee week, my heart sank.  To be clear, I’m delighted to write for the Castan Centre (which I proudly identify as the birthplace of my human rights consciousness), but I just don’t know what to say anymore.  What can […]