Category: Human Rights

International Human Rights Day Walk, Thursday 10 December

The International Human Rights Day Walk, organised by Youth for Human Rights, is on at 5pm Thursday, 10 December, beginning at Stage 88 by Lake Burley Griffin. The walk is intended to “help Raise Awareness to fundamental Human Rights, by doing…

Federal Circuit Court judge Alexander Street accused of bias after rejecting hundreds of migration cases

Serious issues relating to the procedural fairness of proceedings must arise in circumstances such as the present, in which an unrepresented applicant whose primary language is not English … is called on, without notice, to mount arguments NATASHA ROBINSON, ABC…

Wilson Security Guards handcuffed an asylum seeker boy as a joke:

(or when is a flexicuff not a cable tie?) Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson 29 August 2015 Four Wilson Security guards used a “cable tie” to handcuff an eight-year-old asylum seeker boy on Nauru as “a joke”, an apparent contradiction…

Abbott’s Offshore Catastrophe: How Australia’s Treatment of Refugee Women Echoes an Older Violence

Somayra Ismailjee, New Matilda, 20 August 2015 Violence against women by Australians isn’t just happening in Australia. Somayra Ismailjee explains. Australian immigration detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island have become breeding grounds for abuse. In addition to men and young boys, female…

Sarah Hanson-Young’s speech on the Maintaining the Good Order in Immigration Detention Facilities Bill 2015

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (18:10): I rise tonight to speak to the Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015 and put very clearly on the record the Greens’ objection to the bill. I participated in…

She was raped, then denied medical treatment by Australian authorities

Grace Jennings-Edquist Mamamia 17 August 2015 A vulnerable young woman has been raped while under the care of the Australian Government. Now, those same officials are denying her vital medical treatment. Sounds like a  story that deserves front-page coverage, right? A…

Serco and Border Force bring cruety to new levelsAn extraordinary example of a catch22 demanding widespread protest

  by Julian Burnside  Aug 13, 2015 The cruelty and indifference of Serco and Border Force continue to astound. Mojgan Shamsalipoor was in year 12 at school in Brisbane and was taken into detention. Then she was put in detention…