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Seminar – Turning our backs: responding to ‘the boats’

Just days before the recent Federal election, the UNSW UN Society and the Australian Human Rights Centre co-hosted a seminar on Australia’s response to the global refugee crisis in the Law Faculty. With neither major political party offering an acceptable policy for processing asylum seekers, the event offered a chance for students, staff and guests to discuss the situation and possible options in response.

A focus on the right to health in the context of migration

Whilst the media focus on asylum seekers and refugees has come to dominate the discussion on migration policy in Australia, two new articles, authored by Centre Project Director Jed Horner and colleagues, focus the spotlight on the effects of the migration health criteria for some migrants, their families and communities.

Who said cruelty is unavoidable? Australians wait for moral leadership on asylum seeker policy

The Student Voice Project publishes opinion pieces by students on current human rights topics.

Security Council sanctions: can Australia make a difference?

In the lead-up to Australia assuming the SC presidency on 1 Sept, The Conversation is running a set of op-eds, including today's article on sanctions by AHRCentre project director Christopher Michaelsen and Marie-Eve Loselle, founding members of the Security Council Analysis Network (SCAN).

Seminar on Migrant Workers' Access to Justice in Countries of Origin

Visiting from the University of Pennsylvania, Prof. Sarah Paoletti joined AHRCentre's Migrant and Refugee Rights Project Director, Bassina Farbenblum, for a seminar on migrant workers' access to justice in their own countries.

Columbia-UNSW Law Human Rights in Practice intensive summer course in NYC

UNSW Law just successfully conducted an intensive summer course Human Rights in Practice (Laws3146/8146/Jurd7146) taught at Columbia University, NY, led by Justine Nolan, in conjunction with the Columbia Human Rights Institute and a number of human rights practitioners.

Nominations open for 2013 Australian Human Rights Awards

“The Australian Human Rights Awards are a unique opportunity to celebrate the work of individuals and organisations who contribute to human rights in Australia,” said Australian Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs.

Perspectives on Preventative Detention considered at Onati workshop

A recent workshop at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati in the Basque country brought together specialists from 15 countries to examine the practice of preventive detention from historical, legal, criminological and psychiatric perspectives. Organised by AHRCentre’s Chris Michaelsen, the workshop explored comparative perspectives on the theory and practice of preventive detention.

Historic human rights law provides overdue protections to LGBTI community

This week the Australian Parliament passed the Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill, which legislates long-overdue protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. The legislation will establish, for the first time at the Federal level, protections against discrimination in areas such as accommodation and healthcare.

‘Justice on the Margins’ in Cambodia

On Friday 7 June, Christoph Sperfeldt, Regional Program Coordinator at the Asian International Justice Initiative, and Sarah Williams, Australian Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, UNSW presented a seminar entitled ‘Justice on the Margins: victim participation and reparations in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)’.