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Delving beyond the politicised asylum seeker debate

More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees Rosemary Sayer Margaret River Press As the major political parties in Australia shifted into election mode earlier this year, the topic of refugees was almost always one that elicited an emotional response, with questions like ‘who are these people?’, ‘why did they come here?’ and ‘why should we…

Aboriginal Human Rights Trajectory Crucial Reading

Originally published at Right Now : Human Rights in Australia Book review by Maya Borom No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia | UQP In 1967, a successful referendum was held to determine whether the Australian constitution should be altered to remove references that discriminated against Aboriginal people. Momentum has since been…

The Coal Face, book review.

Originally published at Right Now : Human Rights in Australia Book review by Samaya Borom The Coal Face | Penguin Books Australia On 9 February 2014, a fire started at the Hazelwood coal mine and would continue to burn almost unfettered for nearly two months. During this time, the residents of Morwell and the greater…

Human rights off the table?

Street scene in Beijing This article was originally published at G20 Watch Given that the G20 is being billed as the most significant leadership meeting that Australia has ever hosted and will ‘address the global growth challenge in an ambitious and meaningful way” we need to ask where the discussion on human rights is taking place.…

MIFF WRAP – Point and Shoot

Point and Shoot | Marshall Curry Filmmaker Marshall Curry’s documentary about ex-Gaddafi prisoner and self-styled freedom fighter Matthew VanDyke is both mesmerising and disturbing. VanDkye is well known for being captured by Gaddafi forces during the Libyan civil war and for his choice to remain in Libya and re-join the National Liberation Army rather than return back…

HRAFF 2014 Film Picks

This article was originally published at Right Now: Human Rights in Australia, an edited version is below. HRAFF movie reviews by Sonia Nair, Maya Borom and Sam Ryan. With the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival just days away, the Right Now review team pick out some of the most intriguing films from the extensive 2014 HRAFF…