Oceania


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 […]


Will The Australian Government ‘Wake Up’ After The Latest Asylum Seeker Death At An Offshore Detention Facility?

Another detainee has died in an Australian offshore detention centre on Manus Island after allegedly taking his own life. The thirty-two-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil man was sent to hospital three days prior to receiving attention for injuries from self-harm. Since the Papa New Guinean High Court ruled that the detention […]


Serbian-Australian Dragan Vasiljković Sentenced To 15 years Imprisonment In Croatia For War Crimes

Ex-Serbian commander Dragan ‘Captain Dragan’ Vasiljkovic has been sentenced by a Croatian court to 15 years imprisonment for war crimes, including torturing soldiers and murdering civilians during the 1991-95 Croatian War of Independence. The three-judge panel of the municipal court in Split, Croatia, found Vasiljković guilty of two of the […]


Australia’s New Strategy Against Terrorism In Crowded Spaces

The Federal Government recently announced Australia’s first national strategy for protecting crowded places from terrorism. The announcement looks to respond to the devastating terror attack in Barcelona by addressing concerns the use of vehicles as weapons among crowds. Currently, Australia’s National Terrorism Threat Level is “probable.” According to the policy outline, […]


Colonialism Continues To Echo Through Australian Aboriginal Policy

The United Nations have accused Australia’s Close the Gap Campaign of being “woefully inadequate,” asserting that the incarceration rates of Indigenous Australians is a human rights violation and criticizing government policy for being culturally insensitive. UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, released a report on […]