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With Australia’s main political parties overwhelmingly in favour of indefinite detention for refugees with an adverse security assessment, the High Court offers the final hope for a fair go, writes George Williams.

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Just days before she is due to deliver an annual human rights lecture at UNSW, Zimbabwean lawyer and government critic Beatrice Mtetwa is again facing criminal charges.

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A new video series featuring some of Australia's leading law academics takes viewers behind the headlines for expert guidance on our most pressing contemporary issues. 

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The historical record shows that no party has a monopoly on human rights reform. It also shows that every government has, at some point, deserved criticism for breaching human rights, argues George Williams. 

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Developing practical strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to reinforce their rights in Australia is the focus of an intensive summit at UNSW this week.

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UNSW's Andrea Durbach has won the 2013 Australian Human Rights Law Award and paid tribute to the legacy and influence of Nelson Mandela on her extraordinary career. 

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The attack on a fellow Jewish family of Bondi is alarming, but the response from the local community gives some comfort, writes Fergal Davis.

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If the UN thinks indefinite detention of asylum seekers on the Australian mainland is cruel, inhuman and degrading, we can only imagine what it might say about Nauru and PNG, writes Jane McAdam.

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The Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights has found that Australia's regional processing legislation violates many of our human rights obligations. It should act as a wakeup call that we have gone too far, writes Jane McAdam.

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Australia's international commitments and federal resolve put high hurdles before any state that seeks to reintroduce the death penalty, writes George Williams.

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