Decriminalising ‘Humanitarian Smuggling’ – Refugee Studies Centre

Written by Rachel Landry (alumna of the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies), This research brief summarises the legal and policy findings from the RSC Working Paper no. 119, “The ‘humanitarian smuggling’ of refugees: criminal offence or moral obligation?” It outlines the concept of ‘humanitarian smuggling’, and then critiques smuggling prohibitions at the international … [Read More] Decriminalising ‘Humanitarian Smuggling’ – Refugee Studies Centre

The Future of Energy: As business commitments to renewable energy increase, so must the sector’s respect for human rights – Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Extract from an article by Jim McClelland, Times (UK) Much has happened since 195 countries adopted the first universal, legally binding climate deal to limit global warming below 2C, as signatories to the COP21 Paris Agreement, 2015… There is resilience to this shared vision for renewables and upwards trajectory, despite Brexit and President Trump, observes … [Read More] The Future of Energy: As business commitments to renewable energy increase, so must the sector’s respect for human rights – Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Banning Refugees from Australia: Not Targeting Those Preying on the Vulnerable: Just Preying on the Vulnerable – Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog

Extract from an article by William Phillips, 14th December 2016 As previously discussed on this blog … since 2001, Australia has made concerted efforts to intercept all ‘unauthorised maritime arrivals’ (this being the choice phrasing for asylum seekers used in the Migration Act 1958(Cth)) and transport them to detention centres outside of the Australian migration zone or in … [Read More] Banning Refugees from Australia: Not Targeting Those Preying on the Vulnerable: Just Preying on the Vulnerable – Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog

World Report 2017: Australia: Events of 2016 – Human Rights Watch

Extract Australia is a vibrant multicultural democracy with a strong record of protecting civil and political rights, but serious human rights issues remain. In 2016, the government continued its draconian policy of offshore transfers of asylum seekers to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Nauru. There were growing calls to address abusive offshore … [Read More] World Report 2017: Australia: Events of 2016 – Human Rights Watch

World Report 2017: Our annual review of human rights around the globe – Human Rights Watch

World Report 2017 summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. It reflects investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff undertook in 2016, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the country in focus. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth writes that a new generation of authoritarian … [Read More] World Report 2017: Our annual review of human rights around the globe – Human Rights Watch

International Journal of Refugee Law – Special issue

Special issue of the International Journal of Refugee Law in honour of Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill *with articles based on presentations from the April 2016 symposium celebrating Professor Goodwin-Gill’s scholarship Last April, a special international gathering was held in Oxford to celebrate the scholarship of Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill, Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law … [Read More] International Journal of Refugee Law – Special issue

‘But I Can do the Job’: Examining disability employment practice through human rights complaint cases – Disability & Society

ABSTRACT Natural data on the Australian Human Rights Commission’s website outlining the complaint cases generated from Disability Discrimination Act, 1992 (DDA) were used to examine the social construction of disability employment discrimination. Using a social model and human rights citizenship lens, some 987 complaint cases were analysed to assess the prevalence of disability discrimination in … [Read More] ‘But I Can do the Job’: Examining disability employment practice through human rights complaint cases – Disability & Society

Social Justice and Native Title Report 2016 – Australian Human Rights Commission

This is the seventh and final report during the term of previous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mr Mick Gooda. Mr Gooda was appointed Royal Commissioner to the Royal Commission into the Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems of the Northern Territory in August this year. During his term as Aboriginal and … [Read More] Social Justice and Native Title Report 2016 – Australian Human Rights Commission

Companies and the Australian Immigration Detention System: Profiting from human rights abuse – The Australia Institute

Extract from a briefing note by Brynn O’Brien November 2016 Australia sends asylum seekers to offshore camps where they are detained indefinitely and subjected to well documented abuses, in violation of their human rights. The Australian Government outsources the operations at the camps, and Spanish company Ferrovial has responsibility for the system’s largest operational contracts, through … [Read More] Companies and the Australian Immigration Detention System: Profiting from human rights abuse – The Australia Institute

Strong and Effective Racial Vilification Laws Needed to Stop the Spread of Racial Hatred – FECCA

EXTRACT The Australian Government must maintain strong and effective laws against racial hatred, Aboriginal, ethnic and human rights organisations said today in a joint letter that responds to the inquiry into the racial vilification protections in the Racial Discrimination Act. The release of the letter coincides with a meeting in Melbourne today between the UN … [Read More] Strong and Effective Racial Vilification Laws Needed to Stop the Spread of Racial Hatred – FECCA

Human Lives, Human Rights – UNHCR

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the first major group of refugee arrivals seeking asylum and protection directly from Australia. On 26 April 1976, five young men fleeing Vietnam sailed into Darwin Harbour. The Human Lives Human Rights campaign, released by the Regional Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra today, … [Read More] Human Lives, Human Rights – UNHCR

Refugees & Ayslum Seekers – A selection of articles

A selection of articles published 9-14 November  2016 Amnesty International Australia is heading in the wrong direction with refugee ban / Anna Neistat Asylum Seeker Resource Centre ASRC Fact Sheet: Information for people affected by offshore resettlement deal with US / Campaigns Team The Conversation Australia shores up defences against asylum seekers as US deal provides escape for refugees / Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, … [Read More] Refugees & Ayslum Seekers – A selection of articles

Government Concession sees Gag Removed from Doctors Working in Detention – Fitzroy Legal Service Blog

Doctors will no longer face jail terms for speaking out about the abuse and neglect in detention centres, on and offshore, after a major concession by the Australian government.  In a move welcomed by the Fitzroy Legal Service, the Secretary to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has issued a determination that means the … [Read More] Government Concession sees Gag Removed from Doctors Working in Detention – Fitzroy Legal Service Blog

Vulnerability Screening Tool: Identifying and addressing vulnerability: A tool for asylum and migration systems – UNHCR & IDC

Identifying and addressing vulnerability: a tool for asylum and migration systems Extract This screening tool on identifying and addressing situations of vulnerability is a UNHCR and IDC collaboration intended to help guide and inform frontline workers and decision-makers on the relevance of vulnerability factors to detention decisions, referrals to alternatives to detention, open reception facilities, … [Read More] Vulnerability Screening Tool: Identifying and addressing vulnerability: A tool for asylum and migration systems – UNHCR & IDC

Pursuing the Capabilities Approach within the Migration–development Nexus – Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

ABSTRACT The ‘migration–development nexus’ has become an established development mantra with debate surrounding the ability of migration to promote economic growth and reduce poverty. The optimism of this debate is paired with a push to control migration through the promotion of temporary migration programmes and initiatives considered to support the regular movement of migrants. This … [Read More] Pursuing the Capabilities Approach within the Migration–development Nexus – Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

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