Thu 25 May 2017
Since the 1970s, there has been significant growth in activist and human rights-focused film festivals around the world. In part, this reflects the fact that human rights has, particularly in the West, become a dominant political and legal language through which all kinds of issues can be expressed. However, it also reflects the influence that the film culture in Latin America during the late 1960s, early 1970s has had on the international fil ...
Wed 08 Feb 2017Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the US on 20 January 2017. Last year, we saw the rise of right wing populism globally: Duterte’s regime in the Philippines is killing thousands of people extra-judicially as part of his tough stance on drugs, Germany and France face emergent right-wing movements as they approach national elections this year, Australians elected three One Nation representatives to the ...
Thu 02 Feb 2017
We belong to a world of people on the move - in 2015, 244 million people lived outside their country of origin, including 20 million refugees. These migrants often create vibrant diaspora communities that can become agents of social, political, cultural and economic change in both the homelands they have left behind and in the societies they have adopted. But they can also be conflicted and conservative, bringing with them the conflicts ...
Wed 05 Oct 2016
In Malaysia refugees are not the political issue they have become in Australia. Most Malaysians are preoccupied with domestic economic woes and the curtailment of their civil liberties under an increasingly authoritarian and corrupt government. This highlights a key problem for Australia - its draconian border control policies rely on our neighbours being compliant partners and at the same time makes Australia beholden to (some of) ...
Thu 03 Mar 2016
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles — or drones — are at the forefront of military technology today and are increasingly forming the invisible frontline of modern state warfare. Support for the deployment of drones is growing on the basis of their supposed accuracy and cost for militaries that have been downsizing since the end of the Cold War. Drones have also been used in humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. In the words of Leon Panetta, ...
MFU 4 Asylum Seekers: Global Politics
Human Security and Human Rights
Tue 04 Feb 2014
On Democracy and Human Rights
Tue 06 Dec 2011
Ethics and Morality in the 21st Century
Sat 05 Jun 2010Ours is a world in which ‘truth’ shares equal footing with ‘opinion’, where ‘equality’ is at odds with liberty, where ‘difference’ is held up as sacrosanct and ‘plurality’ is strictly – often brutally – enforced. As such, can we still speak of such a thing as ‘universality’ today? Focusing on the most famous contemporary invocation of universality, the discourse of ‘universal human rights’, we will debate the meaning as well as the merits of the ...
Voices from the South
On human rights
Thu 12 May 2011
Gender Wars: The Military, Guns & Women
The UN Security Council: What have women got to do with it?
Tue 17 Sep 2013This week we will present a panel session with Di Otto (Melb Uni) and Caroline Lambert (Executive Director, YWCA Australia). Di and Caroline will examine the role of the Security Council in relation to issues faced by women around the world, and will reflect on the ways in which women have engaged with the broader UN system - reflecting particularly on advocacy in the context of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Human Rights Treaty Syste ...
Middle East Mediated
Thu 16 Oct 2014Mazen Hajjar: 961 beer founder and brewer Manelle Chawk: Human rights lawyer and ultra-marathon runner
Middle East Mediated
Thu 23 Oct 2014Samah Sabawi: Palestinian Australian Canadian writer and human rights advocate Eli Glasman: Jewish writer and author of the novel The Boy's Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew
Contemporary Australian Issues
Race Relations in Australia
Sat 01 May 2010In regard to its indigenous population and to non-European immigrants, Australia was a deeply racially divided country from its settlement until 1972, when the Whitlam government symbolically opened a new era in Australia’s race relations by abolishing the White Australia Policy. The bipartisan effort to reject the racist bias which had been official for most of Australia’s existence seemed threatened in the 1990s with the rise of Pauline Hanson ...
Middle East Mediated
Thu 30 Oct 2014Amin Ansari: PhD candidate at Flinders University, author and manager of Greens’ Art website; the most comprehensive online archive and exhibition of artworks related to the Green Movement of Iran Linda Briskman: Professor of Human Rights at Swinburne University of Technology and refugee advocate