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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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The NSW Parliament's recent criminal justice reforms diminish human rights, add to the complexity of criminal justice and increase the risk of wrongful conviction, argue Gary Edmond and David Hamer.

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One of Australia's most admired and respected public figures, former High Court Justice Michael Kirby, will deliver UNSW's 2013 Gandhi Oration on 30 January.

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An Indonesian fisherman, represented by UNSW law students, has filed the first international case against Australia’s people smuggling laws, claiming they violate international law.

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Australia has once again shown its willingness to promote human rights abroad, but not at home, as the recent case of Stefan Nystrom has illustrated, writes George Williams.

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The chance of success for Kofi Annan's plans in Syria is slender. Should his initiatives fail, the crisis could become catastrophic, writes Anthony Billingsley.

The plight of around 50 Indonesian boys currently being held in Australian adult prisons awaiting criminal prosecution for people smuggling will be outlined at a free public forum at UNSW Law School next week (Monday 17 October).

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Australia and the United States should not be afraid to shine a spotlight on nations in the region that fall short on their human rights obligations, US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich has told a UNSW audience.

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