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Policy as Punishment: Asylum Seekers in the Community without the Right to Work

Curtin University researchers from the Centre for Human Rights Education have just released the findings of the first academic study into the experiences of asylum seekers living in the community in Australia without the right to work. The study highlights the distress and fear caused by not being able to work and the ongoing uncertainty [...]

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Update on the Centre’s activities for 2013

It has been a busy 6 months for the staff at the Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE) so we thought it was time for an update of our work.
On top of our postgraduate teaching and our 10 year anniversary events that have been organised by Gaylene Galardi with help from all CHRE staff, we [...]

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Report: Released but not yet free

Dr Lisa Hartley and Dr Caroline Fleay have released a research report titled Released but not yet free: Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Community after Long‐Term Detention. The report explores the experiences of asylum seekers released into the community after long-term immigration detention in Australia (between 15 – 25 months). This is the first [...]

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Opinion Piece: Australia is now Uncle Sam’s ‘Keystone of the Pacific’: learn from Okinawa

On the 30th of November 2012, The Conversation website published an article by Centre for Human Rights Education Adjunct, Dr Miyume Tanji titled Australia is now Uncle Sam’s ‘Keystone of the Pacific’: learn from Okinawa.
Miyume’s piece is about the growing presence of the US military in Darwin and the effect this may have on the [...]

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Publications: Refugee and asylum seeker rights – Dr Lucy Fiske

A number of pieces have been published this year on refugee and asylum seeker issues by Centre for Human Rights Education staff member Dr Lucy Fiske.
On 5 July 2012, “Want to Stop the Boats? Make refuge available off-shore” was published in The Conversation online. The article addressed the topical issue of “Australia’s politicians determined to [...]

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Insider Resistance: Understanding refugee protest against immigration detention in Australia 1999 – 2005

Congratulations to Centre for Human Rights Education staff member Lucy Fiske who recently completed her PhD research titled Insider Resistance: Understanding refugee protest against immigration detention in Australia 1999 – 2005. Lucy interviewed refugees who had been detained in Australia and who had protested against their detention through a range of methods from writing letters [...]

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Article – Rethinking the Guardianship of Refugee Children after the Malaysian Solution

An article titled Rethinking the Guardianship of Refugee Children after the Malaysian Solution, written by Mary Anne Kenny and Professor Mary Crock from the University of Sydney on issues relating to the guardianship of unaccompanied children and young people who arrive in Australia seeking asylum has just been published in the September 2012 edition of [...]

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Paper: Nauru – Repeating the Past

As the first asylum seekers are sent to Nauru from Australia, the voices and experiences of those who were held on Nauru under the Howard Government must be heard. ‘Repeating Despair on Nauru: The Impacts of Offshore Processing on Asylum Seekers’, a paper by Caroline Fleay, highlights the despair that was generated by offshore processing [...]

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Photovoice exhibition – Refugees in Western Australia: Settlement and Integration

Collage of images from the exhibition
Prior to her appointment to the Centre, Dr Lisa Hartley coordinated a Lotterywest funded research project in 2011-2012 with  Professor Farida Fozdar from The University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre.
The research titled ‘Refugees in Western Australia: Settlement and Integration’, investigated the experiences of refugees settling [...]

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Publications: Disability Rights – Dr Karen Soldatic

Dr Karen Soldatic in England
Karen Soldatic has recently returned after spending several months in England as a British Academy International Fellow at the Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University where she undertook field work on the impact of the Cameron Government’s welfare reforms on disabled women living in North West England. Together with colleagues from CeDR, [...]

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