A government lost in a sea of cynicism

It was 16 years ago but the memory of the Australian navy and air force charging to the rescue of lost sailors in a yacht race still resonates as a clear statement of Australia’s commitment to the law of the sea.Then - when it was revealed that it had....

Gillard orders deportations to danger - says Govt. official

The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has breached international  refugee law by ordering asylum-seekers to be deported without proper investigation of their claims for asylum, an Australian TV report has revealed....

An endless nightmare: Asylum seekers tell of their fears of deportation

For newly-arrived Christmas Island asylum-seekers, many of whom have endured life-threatening journeys, often without food or water for days, there is no respite from fear and trepidation. In fact, the dreaded....

May 18: Tiny glimmers of hope four years on

Four years after the guns went silent at the end of the most brutal phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war, it’s quite extraordinary that survivors still don’t feel safe to come forward and tell the world what they witnessed, with the exception of.....

Looking beyond the obvious: Why ASIO needs more scrutiny

Manokala Jenaddarsan and her son Ragavan are tasting freedom for the first time this week. Not just liberation from immigration detention, which has been their life for the last 18 months, but freedom from the ravages of political violence. They came to.....

Sunila has given to the world, now it's time to give to her!

Sunila has been a lifelong feminist and human rights activist in Sri Lanka and South Asia, and a major player in the global women’s movement. She is currently based at the Institute for Social Studies in The Netherlands as the recipient of a Scholars At Risk fellowship. These ......

Sri Lanka’s traumatised families of disappeared seek justice in court

Breaking the prolonged silence, five families - whose loved ones were among those disappeared after surrendering to the advancing Sri Lankan troops during the final stages of the war in May 2009 - have filed applications for the writs of habeass....

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