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Anxiety and empathy

Someone recently accused me of not being empathetic to their anxiety. And upon reflection I see that they were correct: I wasn’t sufficiently compassionate to their suffering. I’ve pondered this … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Australian government cover-up mental health of children asylum seekers

When I was in Kulala Lumpur in January I spoke with a Burmese refugee whose 14 year old nephew is detained on Christmas Island. The man was happy that his nephew … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

What will become of asylum seekers?

157 mostly Tamil asylum seekers from India and Sri Lanka were held at sea for over a month and are denied the right to have their claims for refugee status processed on Christmas Island. … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Caning for rape victim?

Unfortunately it’s true that a 25 year-old woman faces up to nine lashes with a wooden cane as punishment for “adultery” after being gang-raped by eight men in the Langsa district … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Boko Haram and Nigeria: The Power of Social Media

In keeping with my pledge to Amnesty International that I would use my blog to bring people to the Amnesty International website, I have prepared a post on the abductions of … Continue reading

May 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Crisis in the Central African Republic

This week I was called twice by a persistent young man from Amnesty International asking me to make monthly donations. I listened to his spiel and agreed that the work … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Will Australia send refugees to Cambodia?

In late February, Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, visited Cambodia to ask if Australia could initially send a small group of asylum seekers to live in Cambodia. Presumably this is a … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Refugee statistics

Having posted a few times on Australia’s policies towards asylum seekers I decided to drill down into the actual statistics of who arrives in Australia, by what means, and what … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Death of asylum seeker on Manus Island: Australia’s shame grows

On Sunday about 35 people broke out of the Manus Island mandatory detention centre after they became agitated during a meeting about their future resettlement prospects. On Monday, an asylum seeker inside Manus … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

International criticism of Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers

Today China’s vice-minister of foreign affairs, Li Baodong, said he was concerned about the ”very important issue” of the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, especially children, who arrive in … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · 3 Comments