The refugees Australia tried to offshore are still its responsibility

By Dr Claire Higgins

Along with the United States and Canada, Australia has proudly resettled tens of thousands of refugees since World War II. Yet in recent years, Australia has adopted a radically harsh approach to those asylum seekers who have traveled by boat to the country’s northern coastline and sought to claim refugee status...

Manus detention centre: Australia is still responsible for these men — and those who haven't made it this far

By Madeline Gleeson

Australia has "closed" the Manus Island detention centre, and all eyes are on the hundreds of men who have barricaded themselves in, refusing to move to the "transit" accommodation in nearby Lorengau for fear of what awaits them there...

A Half-Century of Universal Refugee Protection Under Threat

By Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill

Fifty years ago, the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees entered into force. It would finally put the international protection of refugees on a universal basis, without limit of time or place. It would thus provide the framework for a truly international response to international problems that no one state should bear alone...

Regional Cooperation on Refugee Protection: The Unanswered Questions

By Madeline Gleeson
First published by the Middle East Institute, 5 September 2017

With record numbers of people displaced around the world, the issue of how regions might cooperate to manage forced migration, and respond to the needs of people on the move, has become more relevant than ever...

Australia’s long history of offshore detention

By Dr Claire Higgins
First published in the Lowy Interpreter, 8 September 2017

Shutting down the Manus Island detention centre by 31 October, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has said, will represent 'the closure of a sad chapter'. Much remains unclear about this planned closure, but the eventual failure of offshore detention was clearly foreseen by the Immigration Department – not in 2012, when Manus and Nauru were re-opened, nor even in 1992, when mandatory detention became law...


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