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Six months later: a reflection on what has changed since the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea ordered an end to detention on Manus Island

Madeline Gleeson 26th October 2016

On 26 April 2016, the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea (PNG) ruled that the detention of asylum seeker and refugee men at the Manus Island ‘regional processing centre’ (MIRPC) was unconstitutional, illegal, and should end ‘forthwith’. Six months on, this post reflects on the Court’s order for both the Australian and PNG governments to […]

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EUNAVFOR Med: A Military Operation on Shifty Waters

Purvi Khanna 12th October 2016

EUNAVFOR Med (referred to in this post as the “Operation”) was commissioned by the European Council on 18th May, 2015 to address the immediate concern of migrant deaths occasioned by excursions over choppy Mediterranean waters with the aim of “disrupt[ing] the business model of smugglers” in the region. On 9th October, the Security Council, invoking […]

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Thinking Long–term: A Foundational Framework for Durable Solutions for Refugees

Liliana Jubilut and André de Lima Madureira 7th October 2016

The world is currently facing the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War. The debate so far has rightly focused on traditional refugee protection topics, such as access to safe territories and adequate Refugee Status Determination (RSD) procedures. However, as refugees are uprooted from their daily lives for an average of 20 years, durable, […]

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What Principles Should Guide a Fairer Refugee Responsibility-Sharing Regime?

Stephen Kingah, Khadija Leuenberger, Caylan Ford, Masayo Ogawa and Pallavi Sharma 21st September 2016

On 19 September 2016, world leaders gathered at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants . This historical Summit was set against the backdrop of a select few countries bearing most of the responsibility for hosting refugees, putting the issue of a more equitable and sustainable approach to responding to refugees centre stage. During the […]

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Statelessness as a Rising Human Rights Issue in Tajikistan

Masayo Ogawa 21st July 2016

The right to a nationality — or as Hannah Arendt put it: “a right to have rights” — has been recognised in various human rights instruments. Despite this, statelessness — when a “person is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law” — remains a serious concern around the […]

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