Report launch: Australia’s cooperation with Sri Lanka to intercept asylum seekers is in urgent need of rethink
12 March 2014
A new report has found that Australia’s cooperation with Sri Lanka to prevent would-be-refugees from seeking protection is riddled with human rights risks and should be stopped immediately.
The report, Can’t flee, can’t stay: Australia’s interception and return of Sri Lankan asylum seekers, which is based on interviews with government officials, information obtained through freedom of information requests and statements from the public record, reveals a deeply flawed suite of policy measures and practices.
“The entire approach is flawed because it fails to recognise that many Sri Lankans are in genuine and urgent need of protection. Instead of providing protection, Australia blocks their pathway to safety and puts Sri Lankan asylum seekers at risk of torture and mistreatment in the hands of Sri Lankan military and police,” said Ms Howie.
Fertility clinic launches legal action against Melbourne City Council to ensure safe access for patients and staff
12 March 2014
The Melbourne City Council is facing legal action over its failure to ensure safe access medical services at an East Melbourne health clinic.
The Human Rights Law Centre today rejected comments by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle who claimed the Melbourne City Council felt “impotent” to act against anti-abortion protestors who for decades have beset the East Melbourne Fertility Control Clinic. Cr Doyle welcomed new laws allowing police to move on protesters and said they would help remove the protestors from the front of the clinic.
Human Rights Week panel discussion: Promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights worldwide4 December 2013
Join us for morning tea in Melbourne to celebrate Human Rights Week and to hear a global discussion on the UN’s ‘Free and Equal’ campaign, a global public education initiative to promote LGBTI equality.
Daniel Webb on Breakfasters talking about the matter with Manus
Triple R, 20 February 2014
Asylum seekers’ safety is compromised by this secretive government
The Guardian, 20 February 2014
Information leak “may help asylum claims”
SBS News, 19 February 2014
East West Link, union, No maccas in Tecoma protesters join together to march on State Parliament
The Herald Sun, 18 February 2014
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