Lucas Hafey

About Lucas Hafey

Lucas is a final year Law (LLB)(Hons) student, and Arts (BA) Graduate, with majors in History, Politics and International Relations, at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is committed to multilateral diplomacy as a means to peaceful conflict resolution and ending impunity for grave international crimes. Lucas loves to travel, explore the outdoors and can often be found half-asleep on Monday mornings after a weekend of late nights watching the English Premier League.

President Trump Dismantles US Climate Policy As Thousands Suffer From Natural Disasters

This week saw ex-cyclone Debbie ravage north-eastern coastlines of Australia. An avalanche near the Nasu Onsen ski resort in Japan killed eight and injure 40 more, and flooding and flood-induced landslides in Peru and the Colombian city of Mocoa together killed over 350 people, with many more missing and injured. […]

Extrajudicial Killings And Human Rights Abuses In The Philippines: What Can Australia Do?

In previous weeks, I have discussed the human rights concerns over the ‘war on drugs’ in the Philippines, and how Australia can improve its own human rights record. This report will build on and converge these ideas to investigate how Australia can advocate for and improve human rights in Southeast […]

Towards Peace in Colombia: Rebels Begin Surrendering Weapons

Colombia’s left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) have begun surrendering their weapons as part of the landmark peace agreement struck with the Colombian government late last year. After logistical delays in gathering the rebels at 26 specially designated rural disarmament zones, the six-month demobilisation process was set to begin on Wednesday, […]

Some Australians Are Still More Equal Than Others: Closing The Gap Report 2017

The ninth Closing the Gap report was released on Tuesday by the Australian Government, which found that only one of the seven targets to improve health, education, and employment among the Indigenous Australian population were on track. Whilst Aboriginal Australians make up just three percent of the 23 million population, […]

“War on the Poor”: Human Rights Groups Condemn Duterte’s Anti-Drug Campaign

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his “war on drugs” this week, after a “pause” was announced in the controversial anti-drug operations. On January 30, 2017, Philippine National Police Director-General Ronald Dela Rosa declared that the Philippine government would cease anti-drug operations, in […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership: More Than The Economy, Stupid

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to withdraw the United States’ involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Putting into practice his protectionist “America first” rhetoric, Trump signed the order on his first full day in the White House, effectively burying the already problematic trade policy of former President […]

Incoming President Trump Warned Against Sending Iran Nuclear Deal To Waste

At a glance: Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which took effect on 16 January 2016, Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment programme in return for sanctions relief. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified, on six separate occasions since, that Iran is fulfilling its obligations […]