Category: News and Views

Jane Kelsey: The latest on resisting the TPPA

The rebranded TPPA-11 is a high stakes gamble for Labour (I refuse to call it the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership – there is nothing progressive about it!). Jacinda Ardern admitted as much when she recorded a propaganda video, hailing the changes she says Labour won, while she was still en route back from Vietnam.

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UNHCR: Immediate action needed to avert further harm and tragedy on Manus Island

UNHCR is deeply disturbed by the forcible removal of refugees and asylum-seekers from the former ‘Regional Processing Centre’ on Manus Island today. The beating of refugees and asylum-seekers by uniformed officers with metal poles, shown by footage released today, is both shocking and inexcusable. UNHCR staff remain on the ground on Manus Island, where limited

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UNHCR: Australia urged to ensure protection, assistance and solutions for refugees on Manus Island  

The following is a transcript of what was said by Nai Jit Lam, UNHCR’s Deputy Regional Representative in Canberra (on mission to Manus Island) at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, 21st November 2017. Nai Jit Lam spoke to the briefing by phone.  Background: In October, UNHCR appealed to Australia to

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CIEL: UN Committee Calls on Norway to Revise its Energy Policy, Noting Climate Impacts of Arctic Oil Extraction

Today, the UN human rights committee mandated to review states’ respect for and protection of women’s rights (CEDAW Committee*), expressed concerns about the climate impacts of oil and gas extraction in the Arctic and the adverse consequences for women’s rights. The committee noted that, given the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women, the Norwegian

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Newshub: Australia ‘criminal’ for refusing Manus Island refugees – Golriz Ghahraman

A Green party MP has labelled Australia as “criminal” for its handling of refugees trapped on Manus Island. “I started by calling [Australia] callous, but it’s criminal,” Green trade spokesperson and former refugee Golriz Ghahraman told The AM Show on Tuesday. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not yet accepted New Zealand’s offer to take

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