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Culture - World War I: Censored images and graphic portraits. UW-Madison Writing Center Writer's Handbook: index. Skip navigation The Writer's Handbook Index Home » Writer's Handbook UW-Madison Writer's Handbook Introduction In this section, you will find many instructional materials we've developed for our Writing Center teaching. However, there are limitations to these materials. Finally, handouts can give only a fraction of the customized guidance that an individual conference with a Writing Center instructor can provide.

Contact Us. The acid test: Australian journalists must ask what agenda they serve. It’s been a big week for the Australian media. We’ve published a picture supposedly of a terrorism suspect that was actually, not. We’ve presented front page stories full of unsourced and misleading or just plain wrong information about a horrific confrontation between a messed up, radicalised, dangerous Melbourne teenager and counter-terrorism police. At the same time, as the ABC broadcaster Mark Colvin noted on Friday, the Australian Senate passed arguably the most significant restraints on press freedom in this country outside of wartime. Those measures are on their way to becoming law. Given that parliament seems to be on a path to deliver a bigger surveillance state and less means for whistleblowers to expose its abuses or for journalists to scrutinise it, a bit of push back from the community might have been expected.

Yet nobody, apart from the industry, the Greens and a couple of crossbench parliamentarians stood up for press freedom. “It is understood” was also ubiquitous. Refugees And Asylum Seekers | Human Rights Law Centre. Australia should not return a person to a place where there’s a 50/50 chance they’ll be killed | Human Rights Law Centre. News Australia should not return a person to a place where there’s a 50/50 chance they’ll be killed 12 August 2014 Proposed amendments to the Migration Act would significantly increase the risk of people being returned to persecution, the HRLC has said in a submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee.

The Committee is conducting an inquiry into changes which would increase the risk threshold asylum seekers have to meet before being eligible for Australia’s protection under important human rights treaties. HRLC Director of Legal Advocacy, Daniel Webb, explained that a person is currently eligible for Australia’s protection under these treaties if there is a “real risk” they’ll face significant harm on return. The changes would raise that threshold to “more likely than not” – that is, a probability of greater than 50%. “These reforms would potentially see a woman 50% likely to be the victim of an honour killing forced to go home and take her chances. HRC27_HRLC_oralstatement_ATSI_overimprisonment_Sep2014.pdf. UN alerted to Australia’s over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples | Human Rights Law Centre. News UN alerted to Australia’s over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 18 September 2014 The United Nation’s Human Rights Council – the world’s peak human rights body – has been alerted to Australia’s rapidly increasing imprisonment rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Human Rights Law Centre has lodged a statement to the 27th session of the Human Rights Council currently underway in Geneva calling on the Council to urge Australia to take effective steps to address the social crisis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ high imprisonment rates. The HRLC’s Senior Lawyer, Ruth Barson, said successive Australian governments have failed to address the socio-economic reasons that lead to a disproportionate number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people being caught up in the criminal justice system. For further information, please contact:Ruth Barson, HRLC Senior Lawyer on 0417773037.

Www.indigenousjustice.gov.au/briefs/brief014.pdf. Loss signals lessons yet to be learnt on custody deaths. Andrew Kaldor writes 'Are We Paying Too Much To Stop The Boats?' | Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. OPINION: This is a longer version of an article which first appeared in the Australian Financial Review, 'Visas will cut refugee costs', 15 September 2014 Are We Paying Too Much To Stop The Boats?

By Andrew Kaldor One of the claims that some commentators like to make about Australia’s asylum seeker policy is that it saves money. It’s got to be cheaper to stop the boats than to have people coming to our shores that way to seek refuge. Right? Wrong. It is not easy to find the actual total costs of Australia’s policy of mandatory detention and offshore processing across all agencies because no government has ever provided a total figure. By the Audit Commission’s reckoning, Australia now spends the same as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) spends on its entire global refugee and displaced persons operations. The UNHCR is responsible for helping and protecting some 50 million displaced persons around the world, including 11.6 million refugees.

Compassion Without Borders Australia | Resources and information relating to asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. Home | Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. New UN human rights chief attacks Australia over asylum seeker rights 'violations' Australia's treatment of asylum seekers at facilities like Manus Island has been condemned by the United Nations. Asylum seeker death: Family's organ donation wish unable to be granted Exclusive Australia has been accused of a "chain of human rights violations" in its treatment of asylum seekers by the incoming United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein.

In his maiden address to the UN Human Rights Council, the Jordanian prince has also challenged plans to resettle those found to be refugees in "countries that are not adequately equipped". Advertisement In a copy of the address, to be delivered early on Tuesday morning, AEST, Prince Zeid castigates Australia over the policy of offshore processing of asylum seekers and the interception and turning back of vessels at sea. He says the policy has led to human rights violations including "arbitrary detention and possible torture following return to home countries". Australia wants to resettle refugees on remote island, Cambodian opposition leader says. Up to 1000 refugees may be sent to live on a remote Cambodian island.

Photo: Angela Wylie Australia has considered sending up to 1000 refugees to live on a remote island off the coast of impoverished Cambodia under a controversial resettlement agreement,, according to an opposition leader in Phnom Penh. Australian officials have visited several sites to accommodate the refugees now on Nauru, including land in Preah Sihanouk province, far from the Cambodian capital where there are few schools, hospitals or other essential services, according to the Phnom Penh Post.

Some islands in the province are owned by wealthy Cambodians connected to key government figures. Map of the area in Cambodia where refugees could be sent. Australian officials have also visited sites in Phnom Penh, the newspaper reported. Advertisement The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee said it is gravely concerned the two countries will push ahead with the agreement without public scrutiny. Illustration: Matt Golding. Resettled refugees say they are desperate and living 'like animals in the jungle' on Nauru.

Depressed: Single men on Nauru have threatened suicide to protest their treatment. Photo: Angela Wylie Refugees' mental anguish in Australia's 'Guantanamo' More than 50 refugees resettled by Australia on Nauru say they have been "abandoned to live like animals in the jungle". In an interview from the tiny Pacific island, the refugees told Fairfax Media they don't have enough clean water, food, or work to sustain themselves and that they can't afford phone calls to their families back home. "In our country, the Taliban will come and they will slash our throats and finish our lives. Advertisement Already, one refugee has died. Fifty-one men – 44 Pakistanis, six Afghans and one Iranian – are living at the isolated "Fly Camp" on Nauru.

While they are classified as "single men" for their refugee status, almost all have wives and children in their homelands. "I am ready for suicide. Almost all food is imported, and costly, in Nauru. "We cannot buy clean water. "One man's mother had a heart attack. Refugees' mental anguish in Australia's 'Guantanamo' Inmates at Melbourne immigration transit accommodation in Broadmeadows on Sunday. (Digitally altered image) Photo: Joe Armao At least one in four refugees locked in indefinite detention on the basis of secret ASIO findings has attempted or threatened suicide, a new analysis has revealed. Several of the 44 refugees have now been incarcerated more than five years without charge in Melbourne and Sydney, and none are allowed to know the detail of the secret assessments used to justify their detention.

The heavy psychological toll has led to extraordinary rates of depression, anxiety and self-harm, including one man repeatedly beating his head with a toilet door. Detainees at the centre in Broadmeadows. (Digitally altered image) Photo: Joe Armao The 42 men and two women have been officially recognised as refugees and almost universally report a history of torture and trauma. Advertisement An aerial view of the centre. How we collected information from more than 2000 reports. Four countries that treat asylum seekers better than Australia. Facilities at the Manus Island Regional Processing Facility, used for the detention of asylum seekers that arrive by boat.

Photo: Getty Images There’s a bedtime story that Australians like to tell about themselves. ‘We’re a democratic country’, we coo, ‘compassionate, open and with a strong tradition of human rights’. To show how true this story is we compare ourselves with other countries. Unlike China, our government is open to public scrutiny. Unlike the middle-east, we embrace modern freedoms. Unlike the violence of certain African countries, we are a peaceful people.

It’s a fatuous, narcissistic story which fell to pieces last week when the atrocities of Manus Island made their way into our lounge-rooms. But since 1992 when Paul Keating introduced mandatory detention we have remained relatively unconcerned by the routinized violence inflicted upon asylum seekers. Reza Berati. In a global perspective Australia is ungenerous, mean-spirited and cruel. Advertisement Lebanon: Kenya Italy. The Leader in Refugee Decision Support. The war on asylum seekers. The current dispute with Indonesia over border incursions by the Australian Navy is symptomatic of a deeper problem — the militarisation of political discourse. Von Clausewitz famously claimed that 'war is politics by other means': in other words, that military force is employed in service of political ends. In Australia, as elsewhere in the West, this is being taken to an extreme not previously seen outside authoritarian societies.

It is true that the Westminster tradition of politics has always viewed the deployment of the armed forces as a matter for the executive (with the governor-general being head of the military). Nevertheless, there were two clear understandings underpinning this tradition. The first was that military actions were international, involving other states. In a perverse twist, refugees — themselves often the victims of war — are now an enemy to be fought with all the might of the nation's armed forces. Comments Comments should be short, respectful and on topic.

How Did We Let This Terror Happen? They say a frog, placed in a saucepan of cold water, can be slowly boiled to death, as long as the water temperature is raised slowly enough. The boiled frog metaphor, like its age-old cousin, the slippery slope, has long been used to describe processes of gradual but dangerous change. The idea is that the slow ratchet of distasteful change can eventually lead a person or a nation to a state of affairs unimaginable at the starting point.

It’s now clear we’ve reached that point in asylum seeker policy. Australia was once a proud liberal democracy that peacefully settled hundreds of thousands of refugees from all over the world. This is what we can conclude from the events of the past few days: The Australian government is actively colluding in the imprisonment and likely torture of dissidents fleeing one of the most brutal regimes in Asia – a government currently being investigated by the UN for war crimes. The military is now completely in charge of Australian immigration operations. News. Urgent independent review needed into another asylum seeker tragedy. Amnesty International today expressed deep concern at reports that a 24 year old asylum seeker, Hamid Kehazaei, is brain dead in a Brisbane hospital after contracting septicaemia at Australia’s detention centre on Manus Island. “We express our deep sympathy to the family and friends of Mr Kehazaei.

Mr Kehazaei’s family should, if desired, have access to visit him and should be fully informed and able to make medical decisions on his behalf”, said Graeme McGregor, Refugee Spokesperson for Amnesty International. “If a medical guardian is to be appointed by the Australian government to make medical decisions on behalf of Mr Kehazaei or his family, the Australian government must ensure this is done with the full, informed consent of Mr Kehazaei's family.” No medical care This is why we hold serious concerns that Mr Hamid Kehazaei's condition may have been preventable and a result of unsanitary conditions and a lack of appropriate medical care at the Manus Island detention centre.

Refugee Council of Australia. Manus Island whistleblower describes 'filthy' conditions inside detention centre. Updated A former detention centre guard says he is not surprised an asylum seeker has died from an infection he caught at Manus Island because he witnessed filthy living conditions inside the facility. Hamid Kehazaei cut his foot at the detention centre about three weeks ago, developed septicaemia and was sent to Brisbane's Mater hospital. The 24-year-old suffered a heart attack, and was later declared brain dead. His family in Iran made the harrowing decision to switch off their son's life support late Friday.

Former Manus Island detention centre employee Beau Mitchell has told the ABC he is not surprised at Mr Kehazaei's plight after recording evidence of poor hygiene inside. "There's no air conditioning, the beds are extremely close together. "Often they'd be standing on concrete to have a shower that was literally falling apart underneath them, just completely rotting away. " "The people that were actually working there did a fantastic job with what they had to work with," he said. Lawyer for family of deceased Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei says there is possibility of Government negligence. Updated The family of deceased Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei have enlisted the help of a lawyer to investigate whether they have a case of negligence against the Australian Government. The family's lawyer indicated that there may have been at least three critical points where other actions could have been taken that may have saved Mr Kehazaei's life.

The 24-year-old cut his foot at the Manus Island detention centre about three weeks ago, developed septicaemia as a result and died due to complications late yesterday. Lawyer Ruth Hudson will be representing the family and believes there are obvious signs of negligence. "This wasn't a fatal injury until the Government made it so," she told the ABC's AM program.

Ms Hudson said the family, who are seeking "justice for Hamid", were given very little information about the treatment or events prior to Mr Kehazaei's transfer to the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. 'This just does not happen in a civilised society' Scott Morrison rejects negligence claim over brain dead asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei.

Detention healthcare tossed overboard - The Drum. Scott Morrison clashes with Human Rights Commission head amid defence of child detention on Christmas Island. Iraqi Christians, Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamic State for Australia may miss out on visas. Christmas Island class action: Maurice Blackburn Lawyers to sue Immigration Dept over treatment of asylum seekers. Federal backbencher Andrew Broad supports work rights for asylum seekers. Pacific Islanders reject 'climate refugee' status, want to 'migrate with dignity', SIDS conference hears. Asylum seekers on Manus Island sent to isolation units: leaked report. Hindmarsh Shire plan to help boost Karen refugees intake. Former Vietnam refugee Hieu Van Le set to be installed as governor of South Australia.

Pop up 'refugee embassy' makes debut. Scott Morrison proposes releasing asylum seekers onto Australian mainland under TPV plan. Are asylum seekers who arrive by boat illegal immigrants? | Factsheets | Go Back to Where You Came From | SBS. Refugee Council of Australia. A Human Rights Guide to Australia's Counter-Terrorism Laws. President reports on Abdellatif v Commonwealth (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) Detention shame: children, mothers self-harming - The Drum. Topic - The Drum. 140912_RWZ100.pdf.