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Human Rights: Treatment of Refugees

Year 12 Legal Studies

Resources in Accessit

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS..

Australian Human Rights Commission

Over the last decade the Commission has worked to promote and protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. The Commission aims to provide clear, factual information to highlight the human rights issues involved in the treatment of these groups of people.

Refugee Action Committee

Useful Links- Extension

Refugees International

The UN Refugee Agency- Internal Displaced People

International Committee for the Red Cross- Refugees and Displaced People

UNESCO- What is a Displaced Person?

ABC- Number of forcibly displaced people hits 51 million, highest since WWII: UNHC



Australia's handling of the asylum-seekers on board the Oceanic Viking and recent 'freeze' on Sri Lankan and Afghan asylum applications has sparked vigorous and ongoing debate. In this interview ahead of her inaugural lecture as the Freilich Foundation Professor, Penelope Mathew looks at Australia's past and present policies against the backdrop of global refugee movements and makes some suggestions for steps that could be undertaken.

A speech by Julian Burnside who is a prominent barrister and winner of the Sydney Peace Prize. Here he describes Australia's inhumane treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

UN human rights investigator Francois Crepeau is urging the Australian government to resettle asylum seekers, and to stop violating international law by keeping them in offshore detention centres.

Issues in society

Refugee Council of Australia

Mandatory detention applies to many groups, including people who overstay their visas or breach their visa conditions. However, the policy disporportionately affects asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat without authorisation.

Lowy Institute

The international refugee regime is failing Australian national interests; the interests of the international community; and the interests of refugees themselves. But contravening international commitments is not the most effective way to remedy these failures, or to provide a lasting solution to Australia’s asylum crisis.