Oceania


Is History Repeating Itself? Pondoland Residents Strive To Conserve Their Land In Fight Reminiscent Of 1960s Apartheid Struggle

With a year having passed since the murder of environmental activist Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe, the number of arrests and charges made remains unjustifiably at zero. Witnessed by his 17-year-old son at their home in Pondoland, Rhadebe was shot 8 times in the head. The brutal murder of Rhadebe and his […]


Could The New Zealand SAS Be Responsible For War Crimes In Afghanistan?

Last week, journalist Nicky Hager launched his latest book, Hit and Run, about New Zealand Special Air Service raids on villages in Afghanistan. The book centres around allegations that New Zealand SAS may have been involved in war crimes during deployment in Afghanistan. The book describes Operation Burnham, a New Zealand-led raid […]


Is The Idea Of Human Rights A Universal Concept Or A Representation Of Western Cultural Imperialism?

Human rights are the epitome of human dignity that we, as a human race, have long fought for and truly deserve. Despite the rise of continuous human rights battles around the globe, the ideology of ‘equal and inalienable’ rights stands firmly as the icon of human’s fundamental respect and morality. The […]


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 […]


Trump Administration Hosts Anti-ISIS Summit

President Donald Trump has invited 68 coalition nation’s fighting with Islamic State to meet in Washington. The Summit, which is a ministerial-level gathering of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, is led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. It has been two years fighting against ISIS, and this meeting will […]


Pakistan Holds Female Lawmakers Conference, Hopes To Bring Gender Equality And Democracy

Pakistan hosted a three-day conference in which female lawmakers from 12 nations focused on the role of women within democracy. The theme for the conference was, “the role of women parliamentarians in strengthening democracy and social justice.” It included lawmakers from Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Australia, Romania, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, […]


Australia’s “Angry Summer” Driven By Climate Change

Australia’s independent Climate Council recently released a report titled “Angry Summer 2016/2017: Climate Change Super-Charging Extreme Weather.” The paper detailed key findings relating to Australia’s 2016/17 summer and the impact of intense heat waves across the majority of Australia’s east coast, contrasted with record summer rainfalls and flooding in the […]


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, […]