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Hannah Withers completed her Arts (languages) and Law degrees at UNSW, before gaining a Masters of Human Rights from the University of Sydney in 2010. She now lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working for the Mekong Migration Network, a sub-regional, consultative, and coordinative network of advocates working for the promotion of the welfare, well-being, dignity and human rights (particularly labour rights, family rights and women’s rights) of migrants in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (Burma, Cambodia, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos).

The blind leading the blind Migration 

The blind leading the blind

In this post, Hannah explores the Australian government’s controversial new refugee transfer policy with Malaysia from the perspective of international human rights law and regional influence. What is the real cost of this policy on the international human rights framework? She argues that by shirking its responsibilities under international law for quick political gain, Australia is engaging in a perverse...