Australia


Humanitarian Crisis Prompted By Closure Of Australia’s Guantanamo

On October 31, Australia’s detention camp on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea was closed. Nearly 600 refugees are refusing to leave, fearing discrimination within the local communities they are going to be resettled in. Meanwhile, the Australian government has cut off power and water and removed its people from the island. […]


Australia Rejects New Zealand Offer To Take Stranded Refugees

The Australian government has rejected an offer by its New Zealand counterpart to take in 150 refugees from those now barricading themselves in at the Manus Island facilities. The offer, first made in 2013, would have seen 150 refugees resettled annually in New Zealand. It was reinstated this weekend, with […]


COP 23 – An insight Into The Paris Agreement One Year Later

On the 6 November 2017, nations worldwide will attend the Bonn Conference in Germany to discuss climate action and to reinforce their promises under the Paris Agreement. One year after the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the Bonn Conference signifies an opportunity for nations to review climate related goals for the […]


Manus Island: Why Policy Should Account For People

In a decision that has been criticized by his own party, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has refused New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 Manus Island refugees. After deliberations in Sydney on November 5 with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Mr Turnbull announced that although thankful for the offer, […]


Unfolding Humanitarian Emergency At Manus Island Detention Centre

United Nations Human Rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has described the situation at the Manus Regional Processing Centre in Australia as an “unfolding humanitarian emergency.” The centre closed on the 31st of October; despite this, 600 men are refusing to leave due to security fears. Amenities are no longer being […]


Deaths In Australian Detention Centres Should Make Us Look To The Root Cause

On October 2, 2017, another man committed suicide in the Australian Detention Centre on Manus Island. Staff described the man’s mental illness as “acute” in the months leading up to his suicide. In fact, he had a failed suicide attempt three days earlier. Ian Rintoul of Refugee Action Coalition points […]