Archive of posts in the 'International projects' category
The treatment of asylum-seekers and others who enter or remain in Australia without a valid visa attracts great controversy. But some things should be uncontroversial. Governments owe a duty of care to the people they detain. The state has a … read more
A new report highlighting a lack of basic medical care provided to asylum seekers in Australia’s onshore immigration detention centres, has called for urgent legislation and practical measures to ensure that asylum seekers receive the same health care as the … read more
In this edition: Please help us continue the fight for social justice; ‘In Poor Health’: report on health care in immigration detention out tomorrow; Sri Lanka conflict mapping project enters phase two; Time for recognition: Uluru Statement from the Heart; … read more
We are about to commence the next phase of our Sri Lanka Conflict Mapping and Archive Project (CMAP). Phase one of CMAP included a detailed review of more than 60 different sources that had written or reported on alleged violations … read more
The Australian Human Rights Commission has released its latest inspection reports of the immigration detention facilities at Villawood and Yongah Hill, a large facility outside of Perth. Key issues addressed in the reports concern treatment of immigration detainees, conditions of … read more
Right now, more than 1,250 people – most of whom are seeking Australia’s protection from persecution – are being detained for long periods of time in prison-like conditions, despite having committed no crime. To make matters worse, the level of … read more
Jonathon Hunyor and Daniela Gavshon met with the Hononourable Mano Ganesan, Minister for National Co existence, Dialogue and Official Languages at the Australian Human Rights Commission. The Sri Lankan delegation included, Mr. Ranjith Uyangoda, Secretary to the Ministry of National … read more
Sri Lanka is taking firm but slow steps towards ethnic and national reconciliation and in Australia, home to tens of thousands of Sri Lankans, old suspicions are being replaced by new friendships.
This week marks seven years since the end of the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka in May 2009. Following a change of President in January 2015, and the adoption by consensus of a historic United Nations Human Rights Council … read more
This submission to Sri Lanka’s Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms summarises views expressed by a group of 16 victims and witnesses of serious crimes allegedly committed during the Sri Lankan civil war who now reside in Australia.