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Reanimating Equality

Davina Cooper - 25th September 2012

How do equality norms look when visualised through the lens of a social practice? In this post, Dr Cooper challenges existing conceptions of these norms using the example of public nudism.  Brian Coldin was prosecuted in 2011 for using a restaurant drive-thru in Ontario without clothes. This year, Britain’s “naked rambler”, Stephen Gough, was back […]

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Horizontal Application of the Right to Education in India

Jayna Kothari - 13th September 2012

A Full Bench of the Supreme Court of India delivered the long awaited judgment on the constitutionality of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (RTE Act). The case arose out of a series of petitions filed by several private aided and unaided schools, challenging the RTE Act and specifically Section […]

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Elusive Equalities Workshop: Live-blog

Import Import - 10th September 2012

This week Laura Hilly and Chris McConnachie will be live-blogging from the Oxford Human Rights Hub’s inaugural workshop, ‘Elusive Equalities: Sex, Gender and Women’, taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday in Oxford.   Leading academics and practitioners from nine countries will explore barriers to achieving gender equality and how human rights frameworks can be used to […]

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Trapped between the Fences

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler - 10th September 2012

Following Laura’s post on new Australian policies on asylum seekers, events on Israel’s border with Egypt shed light yet again on the Israeli government’s (mis)handling of (primarily Eritrean and Sudanese) asylum seekers. For a week, a group of about 20 Eritreans fleeing Egypt have been trapped, after they crossed the rather flimsy Egyptian fence into Israeli territory, only […]

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Getting real on children’s rights: Is offshore processing compatible with Australia’s legal obligations to child refugee applicants?

Jason Pobjoy - 8th September 2012

Amidst the fierce debate surrounding the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers (Houston Report) and the subsequent enactment of the Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Act 2012 (Cth) (Regional Processing Act), children’s rights have been kicked further under the carpet as the Australian Government persists in its crusade for legal exceptionalism. […]

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Getting real on children's rights: Is offshore processing compatible with Australia's legal obligations to child refugee applicants?

admin - 8th September 2012

Amidst the fierce debate surrounding the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers (Houston Report) and the subsequent enactment of the Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Act 2012 (Cth) (Regional Processing Act), children’s rights have been kicked further under the carpet as the Australian Government persists in its crusade for legal exceptionalism. […]

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Stigma and Stereotyping of Asylum Seekers: Is this the Australia We Want?

Guest Contributor - 5th September 2012

Continuing with our Australian asylum seeker theme this week, the Oxford Human Rights Blog is delighted to welcome Australian writer, comedian, social commentator and participant from the SBS programme Go Back to Where You Came From, Catherine Deveny, to comment on the stigmatisation and stereotyping of asylum seekers in Australia. The Australian government policy to ‘stop […]

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Australia’s new offshore processing laws for asylum seekers raise doubt over Australia’s commitment to fundamental human rights and beyond

Laura Hilly - 4th September 2012

On 16 August 2012, the Migration Legislation (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012 was passed in the Australian Parliament.  In broad terms, the laws were introduced as a measure to reduce the number of asylum seekers who attempt to reach Australia by boat. There are several aspects of this new law that, from a human […]

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Australia's new offshore processing laws for asylum seekers raise doubt over Australia’s commitment to fundamental human rights and beyond

admin - 4th September 2012

On 16 August 2012, the Migration Legislation (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012 was passed in the Australian Parliament.  In broad terms, the laws were introduced as a measure to reduce the number of asylum seekers who attempt to reach Australia by boat. There are several aspects of this new law that, from a human […]

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Same-Sex Marriage: Transforming to an Institution of Equals

Rob Clark - 2nd September 2012

There is a substantial amount of debate in Australia currently regarding same-sex marriage, with parliamentary discussion in the Federal Parliament ahead of a vote, and some states, such as Tasmania, South Australia and also the Australian Capital Territory, declaring that they intend to enact their own laws allowing same-sex marriage. This has led to some […]

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Sex Workers Have Human Rights Too

Guest Contributor - 30th August 2012

By Stacey-Leigh Manoek and Gcobisa Silwana South African law criminalises sex work. In terms of the law both the sex worker and the client commit offences, yet it is sex workers who bear the consequences of this criminal status. This is one of many cases where sex workers experience human rights violations at the hands of […]

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Gendered Poverty: A Role for the Right to Social Security

Guest Contributor - 27th August 2012

By Beth Goldblatt The welfare safety net has been eroded in many developed countries over recent decades. Since the global financial crisis, austerity measures involving welfare cutbacks have worsened poverty in a number of European nations. This crisis has also had a major impact on the economies of the developing world, leading to food insecurity, […]

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