Oceania

December 10, 2017

December 10th marks the anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a touchstone piece of human rights work, fundamental to laying guidelines for later legislation on and treatment of human rights in the international community. The Declaration formally asserts that all human beings are free and equal, regardless of race, class, nationality, religion, gender or any other category. Agreement on this document by th...

November 14, 2016

Since the violent and bloody war on drugs began in the Philippines, nearly 2,000 people have been murdered, with the full support and encouragement of President Rodrigo Duterte. During his campaign the President vowed that 100,000 criminals, not only drug dealers, would die within the first half of his first year as president. Further campaign rhetoric includes his pledge to “fill Manila Bay with the bodies of thousands of exe...

November 13, 2016

The Australian government maintains a strict rule that asylum seekers travelling by boat will be detained and subject to ‘offshore processing’ outside of the country. The ongoing Syrian Civil War and conflict within the Middle East have flooded European countries with refugees fleeing war-torn countries, and migrant target destinations are expanding across the Pacific. Thousands of refugees attempting to enter Australia, regar...

August 15, 2016

On Tuesday August 9th, the Guardian released 2,000 incident reports from Australia's immigration detention and offshore asylum processing centre on the Island of Nauru, an island in the Central Pacific so remote, that it’s nearest neighbour is Kiribati over 300 km away. According to the Guardian's analysis, 51.3% of the reports involve children, despite children only making up around 18% of those detained on Nauru. The reports...

October 14, 2014

In 2013, a slew of articles was published regarding the sterilisation of disabled women in Australia, but recently this issue has dropped from the headlines despite having not been resolved. Disabled women, often under the age of 18, are recommended for permanent sterilisation by means of hysterectomy. There are various reasons proposed by those supporting this method to justify its use, however it is highly contested becaus...

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