Ian Wishart reflects on Plan International's work on securing children's rights, and laments a recent high court decision in Australia that will see children returned to offshore immigration detention centres.
A recent government inquiry into the welfare of asylum seekers has uncovered shocking human rights abuses at a detention centre. Brendan Rigby gives you clues and asks you to guess which country. Hint: It is not where you think.
Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, recently announced a new policy of regional deterrence for asylum seekers hoping to settle in Australia. The policy included the ability to buy un-seaworthy boats from Indonesian fishermen. In an exclusive for WhyDev, Brendan Rigby managed to dig up the original email that Abbott sent to Indonesian fishermen.
Frustrated by Australian political parties' refugee policies in the lead-up to this weekend's election, Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte decides to wade into the policy arena. There she sees the underwhelming response of politicians, but also learns the benefits of joining a community to advocate for an issue.
What is empathy? How do we empathise those who have had very different and experiences from us? How can Australians and others empathise with the trauma, stress and fear of asylum seekers and refugees, when we are not refugees? Brendan Rigby reflects on these questions.