Refugees


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Ambae evacuees to receive help from government

05 June 2018 |

Plans to support people on Vanuatu's Ambae who want to relocate to the nearby island of Maewo are being finalised. Ambae's volcano has been erupting since September, but activity increased in April with ash and acid rain ruining crops and contaminating water supplies.


Kafka comes to Nauru

05 June 2018 | Harold Zwier

Befriend a Child in Detention started in 2014 to support refugee and asylum seeker children in detention, by sending them donated new books, writing material and toys. Letters from Australian school children are also placed inside the books we send, as a way of providing something more personal than a plain gift.


The myth about stopping the boats

09 May 2018 | John Menadue

With the appointment of Angus Campbell as the new Chief of the General Staff we have witnessed again the repetition of the nonsense that the Coalition and Operation Sovereign Borders stopped the boats. As if the media farce over a Chinese military base in Vanuatu was not enough the media has climbed aboard again 


Graveyard of dreams: Julian Burnside on the plight of refugees

09 May 2018 | Luke Buckmaster

In a scene from the Australian documentary Border Politics, presenter Julian Burnside AO QC visits a strange and surreal garbage dump on the Greek island of Lesbos, located off the coast of Turkey. Strewn across beautiful grassy hills, with aqua blue water visible in the background, is the unsettling sight of thousands upon thousands of life jackets.


New dose of cruelty: up to 7000 asylum seekers to lose income support

31 March 2018 | Ben Doherty

The federal government has outlined its plan to cut income support from up to 7,000 asylum seekers living in Australia from June, in a move lawyers and refugee support groups say could leave people destitute, hungry and at increased risk of self-harm, writes Ben Doherty for The Guardian.


Government policies and the torture of refugees

31 March 2018 | Spencer Zifcak

Nils Melzer is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment. Recently, he presented a damning report to the UN Human Rights Council on the subjection of refugees across the world to torture. Melzer’s fundamental contention was this. The primary cause for the massive abuse suffered by refugees globally is neither migration itself nor organized crime. 


Slavery-free Easter chocolate

30 March 2018 | ACRATH

Children as young as 12 are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat. Some of these children are trafficked. Most are forced to pick cocoa from an early age for minimal or no wages, for long hours, in dangerous working conditions, without any possibility of attending school. Most of these children have never tasted chocolate and they never will.


Jesuits to give a “Sri Lankan face” to reconciliation

30 March 2018 | UCANews

Children’s education must be a priority to help the war-torn nation heal. Helping a fractured and war-ravaged nation put itself back together through reconciliation has become a top priority for priests serving the Society of Jesus (SJ) in Sri Lanka.


More on Manus

29 November 2017 | Frank Brennan SJ

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.


Australia’s refugee policy comes under more UN fire

29 November 2017 | hrlc.org.au

The UN’s top expert on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions has included criticism of the Australian Government in a scathing global report condemning deterrence-based responses to people seeking asylum.


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