Panel discussed the Global Refugee Crisis at the Ethics Centre Sydney on Monday 19th March, 2018



Did you know by the end of 2015, 65.3 million individuals had been forcibly displaced by conflict or violence? Emmanuel Musoni (Chairman, Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development) Shukufa Tahiri (Policy Officer, Refugee Council of Australia),Dr Valentina Bau (UNSW), Dr Vera Sistenich (Board certified emergency specialist) and Dr Gael Walker (Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children) formed a panel to discuss the Global Refugee Crisis at the Ethics Centre Sydney on Monday 19th March.

What’s so special about Canada?

Grandmothers were in the audience to hear  University of Toronto Chair in Human Rights Law Audrey Macklin speak from first hand experience (including the highs and lows) of how Canada’s unique program enabling groups of ordinary people to support a refugee’s resettlement is positively transformative – for the refugees, the sponsors, and for their communities and the citizenry at large.

Ai Weiwei on the US-Australia refugee deal: 'It’s exactly like slave trading'

The internationally renowned Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiweibelieves the US and Australia are engaging in a slave trade.

His claim comes amid a discussion of worldwide refugee movements, the impact of globalisation on human suffering and a lack of humanity in the west – which form the context of his contribution to this month’s Sydney Biennale exhibition.

Ai is well aware of Australia’s refugee policies, including its most recent chapter – a deal with the US to take up to 1,200 refugees languishing in offshore detention centres.

 The refugee crisis isn’t about refugees. It’s about us




The Vulnerable Position of Women and Girls on Nauru

The abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in Nauru violates the human rights of all refugees and asylum seekers. However, women and girls are vulnerable to suffering some of the most pronounced negative impacts of Australia’s policy of transferring refugees to offshore centres for detention, processing and even resettlement.

Women and girls are highly vulnerable to gendered forms of violence on Nauru such as groping, touching, explicit threats, and rape.  Lack of secure housing is a significant issue for women in Nauru. Women also do not feel safe leaving their accommodation alone. There is strong evidence that the Nauran police have failed to protect women from sexual and physical abuse or to investigate allegations from victims of rape.

In addition, women are more likely to suffer adverse health problems as a result of ‘catastrophic’ health facilities. Pregnant women, in particular, face greater risks to their well-being because of poor conditions.     Read more

Domestic Injustices set to haunt Australian Government on UN Human Rights Council

“The Turnbull Government told the UN that it ‘believes that all people are entitled to respect, dignity and the protection of their rights.’ I can only imagine how those words must sound to the 150 children the Turnbull Government has left languishing on Nauru for almost five years.”

Nauru refugees, asylum seekers and staff exposed to 'highly toxic' mould

Four years after the Australian government was repeatedly warned the mould growing throughout Nauru’s regional processing centres was making people sick, refugee families, including young children, are still being forced to live under rotting canvas in Nauru. .........

A community of former staff – many suffering what they have termed “Nauru lung” – are in regular contact with each other, discussing doctors’ reports and legal avenues.