Australia’s refugee policy comes under more UN fire
29 November 2017
In the comprehensive global report, presented to the UN General Assembly in New York last week, the Special Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, said Australia’s regime of secretive boat-turnbacks “raise serious concerns” and “may intentionally put lives at risk, given that security officials know, but disregard, the reality that returnees may be victims of brutal crimes when returned under these circumstances.”
This latest criticism comes just a fortnight after Australia was handed a seat on the UN Human Rights Council only to then be hit with a barrage of UN criticism over its “shocking” and “disturbing” mistreatment of refugees on Manus and Nauru and “chronic non-compliance” with international human rights laws and UN human rights rulings.
Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. | 30 November 2017
According to the United Nations, more than 65 million people (23 million of them refugees) are counted as forcibly displaced due to persecution, war and violence. More than half are children under the age of 18. We need to revisit the views of this 16th-century reformer on hospitality now more than ever.
Frank Brennan SJ | 30 November 2017
The CEO of the Australian Social Justice Council, Frank Brennan SJ, names what is happening on Manus Island a “humanitarian disgrace” and calls on both the Australian government and the Labor opposition to bring the 600 men on Manus Island to Australia for processing.
Cecily McNeill | 30 June 2017
While pondering the issues in our planet this month, two stories particularly caught my eye. One is that of a Syrian violinist, Alaa Arsheed, who looks at his shattered, wartorn world through an artist’s eye, using his talent to turn his apparently hopeless situation around. The other story is about those who buy shares in a company then challenge the company’s unjust practices at board level.
Frank Brennan | 31 August 2017
What possessed Filippo Grandi, the relatively new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to go public last week, having a go at Australia for our government’s treatment of unvisaed asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat? He repeated UNHCR’s demand that Australia terminate offshore processing of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island and that we not outsource our responsibilities to others, writes Frank Brennan for Eureka Street
| 31 August 2017
The NSW government has allocated $2.2 million to Catholic schools to help fund the provision of intensive English language classes for newly arrived refugee students from war-torn Syria and Iraq, reports Catholic Education Commission NSW.