Human Rights

New study into 'Forgotten Australians' announced

In the first half of the 20th century, the support services for children in institutional or out of home care was limited by today’s standards.

Cases of abuse and neglect were common and it wasn’t until the late 1980’s that a shift in public attitude and government policy began to take root.

Since then Australia moved away from the institutionalisation of children, but the effects on those who grew up in out of home care are life long.

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Malcolm Fraser defends Gillian Triggs, slams Tony Abbott

The Human Rights Commission's Forgotten Children report found that children in detention had suffered significant mental and physical illness.

Although the report called for a royal commission into the detention of children under both Labor and Coalition governments, it was denounced as ‘blatantly partisan’ by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Commission president Gillian Triggs found herself attacked by Prime Minister Abbott, senior government ministers and the Murdoch press.

Indonesian officials meet to plan transport for Bali Nine's Chan and Sukumaran

Indonesian officials will meet today to discuss arrangements to transport Australian Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to be executed.

Plans to transfer Chan and Sukumaran to the prison island of Nusa Kambangan was initially delayed due to the prison being unprepared for their arrivals.

The lawyers for the imprisoned Bali Nine pair are attempting to gain a full hearing in an East Jakarta court next week, arguing that the Indonesian president Joko Widodo did not give Chan and Sukumaran’s cases enough attention.

The appeal is seen as a last-ditch attempt at getting the president to give Chan and Sukumaran clemency and a second chance at life.

Government confirms sending asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka

The Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed customs authorities intercepted a boat carrying four Sri Lankan asylum seekers off the Cocos Islands ten days ago.

Mr Dutton said that authorities interviewed those on board and came to the conclusion that they did not require Australia’s protection.

The asylum seekers were later transferred to Sri Lankan authorities at sea.

The government’s decision to transfer the group has been condemned by the Human Rights Law Centre and the Tamil Refugee Council.

Housing overhaul needed to get young disabled out of aged care, senate told

Disability advocacy groups are calling on the federal government to lead a strategy to get young people out of aged care facilities.

Currently there are around 340 000 people with dementia in Australia and around 25 000 under the age of 65; about 600 of those are in residential and aged care facilities.

Alzheimers’s Australia is calling for a government commitment to reduce the numbers of young people in aged care by 50 per cent by 2020 as well as specialised care facilities for younger people with dementia.

One year anniversary of Manus Island bashing death

Yesterday marks one year since the bashing death of Reza Berati in the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island.

The anniversary sparked protests and vigils by fellow asylum seekers, a number of whom were friends of Mr Berati.

The initial incident in 2014 saw police and security guards storm the compound, where the 23 year old was killed.

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Bali Nine arrests lead to criticism of Federal Police

The Australian federal police facing bitter criticism over their involvement in the arrests of the Bali Nine who have been moved from their cell to face an execution that is likely to happen next month.

Australian Police allegedly tipped off their Indonesian counterparts regarding the heroin smuggling operation rather than intercepting the operation on Australian grounds where the group would have avoided the risk of the death penalty.

Under current federal police guidelines, police must consider Australians safety when sharing information with foreign agencies. Former foreign minister Bob Carr, joined the fray, by stating the Australian Federal Police needed to present a more robust defence on their decision or else continue to suffer public condemnation.

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Still no convictions in assault on Manus Island Detention Centre

One year ago, a huge riot at the Manus Island detention centre left 23 year old Iranian man Reza Barati dead. And yet just two men are as yet facing legal punishment.

The detention centre is supposed to be protected guards employed by the Australian government through the contractor G4S. Yet dozens of refugees suffered serious injuries in the attack, incuding stabbings and, almost incredbly, multiple gunshot wounds.

When the gunsmoke cleared, one refugee, the 23 year old Iranian man Reza Barati, was dead.

Myuran Sukumuran and Andrew Chan to be executed this week

Myuran Sukumuran and Andrew Chan, former drug smugglers and members of the Bali Nine are set to be moved to a central Java island in order to be executed this week.

Myuran Sukumuran and Andrew Chan, former drug smugglers and members of the Bali Nine are set to be moved to a central Java island in order to be executed this week. Mombock Bambang Samiarso, Bali’s head of provincial prosecutors office has stated that the pair will be moved ‘this week, as soon as possible,’ however ‘not on Tuesday.’

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Isamic and Human Rights groups reject plans in Indonesia to test high school girls for virginity

Controversy sparked in Indonesia and has raised a significant outcry and opposition to the country’s proposed law to subject high school girls to virginity tests in order to be allegable to graduate.

Controversy sparked in Indonesia and has raised a significant outcry and opposition to the country’s proposed law to subject high school girls to virginity tests in order to be allegable to graduate.

The law was proposed by an MP in the Jember local parliament as part of a ‘good conduct’ regulation that was aimed at preventing pre-marital sex in Indonesia.

Both Islamic and rights groups joined in opposing this plan, quickly preventing it from coming to fruition. Currently the officials of Jember are attempting to disassociate themselves from the idea.

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