Month: November 2015

Reclaiming Dignity

Over the weekend, protests against immigration took place in various locations across Australia. Most of these protests adopted the title Reclaim Australia. The central argument is that the religion of Islam contains values that are at odds with Australian Anglo-Christianity. Although no recognised church is affiliated with the Reclaim movement and several oppose it, its supporters do have a right […]

Burundi Unrest

Burundi has been in a state of political instability since President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a contentious third term in office. With the suspension of NGOs, close surveillance of the population, the shut down of independent media and the departure of over 100 Burundian journalists, the State is beginning to resemble a dictatorship, […]

Time For the Eradication of the Death Penalty

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, has announced that there has been a 70% decline in countries who uphold the death penalty in the last 40 years; in 1975, 97% of countries executed criminals compared with 27% today. Simonovic made this announcement at the launch of a UN book on recent global […]

Compassion Over Sacrifice

The international community are becoming increasingly critical of Australia’s offshore immigration detention centres. However, have we gone too far to be able to identify why the international community perceives this as a serious moral issue? A strong rhetoric of preservation has developed over the past twenty years. This rhetoric created the type of polarised humanitarian […]