human rights

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An extraordinary number of Australian laws now infringe basic democratic standards, but we hardly bat an eyelid, writes George Williams.

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The Diplomacy Training Program, based at UNSW Law, and its alumni have won a prestigious human rights award from Australia’s peak body on international development and humanitarian action.

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The government’s response to the cancellation of the visit by the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants is evidence of the bewildering doublethink regarding Australia’s “legitimacy” as an international leader, UNSW's Human Rights Clinic says.

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More than 60 scholars have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister to express their concern at the cancellation of a visit to Australia by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants. Many were due to meet with the Special Rapporteur next week in Sydney.

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As the Diplomacy Training Program, based at UNSW Law, celebrates 25 years, some of its alumni have shared stories of the difference the advocacy program has made to the most vulnerable in the Asia-Pacific.

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Eighteen frontline human rights advocates from Asia and the Pacific will come to UNSW this month for consultations with politicians, industry, journalists, academics and NGOs on how to ensure business promotes peace, development and human rights. 

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US Ambassador-at-Large Stephen Rapp has told a UNSW audience the Assad regime's penchant for documenting its criimes means “justice will arrive” for Syrians.

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As in Australia, the process of abolishing the death penalty in Indonesia will take time, led by people with a deep commitment to the value of human dignity, writes Patrick Earle.

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Australia is seen as “cruel and selfish” for its treatment of asylum seekers, barrister Julian Burnside has told a packed UNSW auditorium.

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Distinguished barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside will deliver the 2015 Hal Wootten Lecture at UNSW Law on Monday 30 March.

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