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Human Rights Observatory
By Cleo Hansen-Lohrey, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania
Tamara Wood, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania; Visiting Fellow, Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW, University of Tasmania
Last week, independent MP Andrew Wilkie reintroduced to federal parliament the Ending Indefinite and Arbitrary Immigration Detention Bill 2022. This bill gives Australia the chance to bring its immigration detention regime in line with basic international law requirements for the first time since 1992.

Wilkie’s bill presents a timely opportunity for the new federal government to reform a regime that leading legal and human rights organisations have called…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Rod Sims, Professor in the practice of public policy and antitrust, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
Public interest journalism is essential to a well-functioning society, even for those who do not watch or read it. It holds the powerful to account, provides a journal of record and is a forum for ideas.

Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code was a world-first: set up to value public interest journalism, it’s made it easier for most Australian news media to do deals with global platforms such as Google and Facebook.

It was conceived of and largely formulated by…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image A police officer looks on as supporters of the opposition coalition, National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), block roads after authorities banned them from protesting in Conakry, Guinea, July 28, 2022.  © 2022 CELLOU BINANI/AFP via Getty (Nairobi) – Guinea dissolved the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (Front national pour la défense de la Constitution, FNDC), a prominent coalition of Guinean civil society groups and opposition parties, on politically motivated grounds on August 8, 2022, Human Rights Watch said today. The move… (Full Story)
By New Bloom
China may attempt to normalize its military drills in the Taiwan Strait. What does this mean for the future of Taiwan and regional relations? (Full Story)
By Joanne Orlando, Researcher: Digital Literacy and Digital Wellbeing, Western Sydney University
Classrooms should not be a free-for-all TikTok fest. But we need to support children to learn how to concentrate and function in a digitally-saturated world.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Marnie Blewitt, Head, Molecular Medicine Laboratory, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Natalia Benetti, PhD Student, Epigenetics and Development Division, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Our study in mice shows epigenetic changes in the mother can be passed to her offspring to influence a critical time in how the spine develops.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Michelle O'Shea, Senior Lecturer, School of Business, Western Sydney University
Hazel Maxwell, Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania
Robyn Newitt, Lecturer, Criminology, Western Sydney University
Sonya Pearce, Casual academic, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney
This year’s Commonwealth games boasted a record number of First Nations athletes, a lot of them women. While positive, the history of the Games and potential for burn-out for athletes is very real.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Huw Griffiths, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Sydney
Gaslight, fog, and mysterious doorways abound in STC’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a play which is a complex portrait of morals being realigned in a new world of discovery.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image Taliban leaders at a ceremony in Kabul in April 2022 marking the anniversary of the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Taliban’s founder. © 2022 AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi (New York) – The Taliban have broken multiple pledges to respect human rights and women’s rights since taking over Afghanistan a year ago, Human Rights Watch said today. After capturing Kabul on August 15, 2021, Taliban authorities have imposed severe restrictions on women’s and girls’ rights, suppressed the media, and arbitrarily detained, tortured, and summarily executed critics and perceived opponents,… (Full Story)
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image The destroyed remains of a house in Belo’s Sho neighborhood burned by Cameroonian soldiers during a counter-insurgency operation on June 11, 2022. © Private, Belo, North-West region, Cameroon, June 12, 2022 (Nairobi) – Cameroonian soldiers summarily killed at least 10 people and carried out a series of other abuses between April 24 and June 12, during counter-insurgency operations in the North-West region, Human Rights Watch said today. The troops also burned 12 homes, destroyed, and looted health facilities, arbitrarily detained at least 26 people, and are presumed… (Full Story)
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