Category: Exclusive Interviews

Indigenous Child Removals Linked to Incarceration: An Interview With GMAR’s Helen Eason


During a recent NT Estimates Committee hearing, it was revealed that 100 percent of children being held in youth detention in the Territory are Aboriginal. This figure is even more staggering when you consider that First Nations peoples account for only 25.5 percent of the overall NT population. In March this year, 47 percent of ...

Crimes Against Humanity: An Interview with Human Rights Lawyer Julian Burnside


The Norwegian freighter MV Tampa entered Australian waters on 29 August 2001, carrying 433 asylum seekers who’d been stranded on a fishing boat in the Indian Ocean. The vessel crossed the maritime boundary close to Christmas Island, despite having been refused entry by Australia. Australian authorities responded by sending special forces troops to board the ship ...

Diminishing Rights: An Interview With the Muslim Legal Network’s Zaahir Edries


US District Judge Denise Casper recently found that the US Department of Homeland Security’s policy of searching electronic devices at the international border without a warrant could be in breach of the fourth amendment. The Massachusetts federal judge ruled in March that a lawsuit challenging the rights of border agents to seize and search citizens’ smartphones ...

Challenging Abuse of Police Powers: An Interview With Greens MLC David Shoebridge


The NSW police use of drug detections dog in public places without a warrant has been widely discredited in the public eye. The damning NSW Ombudsman report into the program was released as far back as 2006. NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge makes clear that up to 75 percent of times that people are searched after a ...

Punishing Asylum Seekers: An Interview With Refugee Action Coalition’s Ian Rintoul


Australia ratified the UN Refugee Convention in 1954. But, despite the country having formally agreed to the terms outlined in the international agreement that protects refugees, the Turnbull government continues to deny people seeking asylum the basic rights the document establishes. Under article 31 of the Convention, nations that are a party to the treaty cannot ...

The Rights of Vulnerable Children: An Interview with Walking Warriors Australia


William Tyrell disappeared on the morning of 12 September 2014. When he vanished, the then 3-year-old boy was dressed in a Spiderman suit and had been playing with his older sister in the front yard of a house in the NSW mid-north coast town of Kendall. Police believe William was abducted. His disappearance sparked one ...

End Forced Organ Harvesting: An Interview With DAFOH’s Sophia Bryskine


An exhibition of actual human corpses that’s currently being shown at the Moore Park Byron Kennedy Hall is causing public outrage. Real Bodies: The Exhibition features the display of 20 cadavers and over 200 human organs preserved through plastination in China. Critics of the exhibition are calling for its closure, as they hold grave concerns ...

The Rights of People Who Use Drugs: An Interview With INPUD’s Judy Chang


The war on drugs has failed. This is a reality that’s increasingly being acknowledged around the globe, as communities start to realise that the outcomes produced by this intensification of drug law enforcement have been overwhelmingly destructive. The close to fifty years of the drug war has seen the mass incarceration of people for merely using ...

Stop the Mass Detentions: An Interview With World Uyghur Congress President Dolkun Isa


Thousands of Uyghur people rallied outside the European Commission in Brussels on April 27, calling on foreign governments to take a stand against the hundreds of thousands of their people being detained in re-education camps by the Chinese government. Up to one million Uyghurs are or have been detained in “political education centres” in the ...

The War on Journalism – How 9/11 Changed Everything


For more than two and a half decades, Peter Greste worked as a foreign correspondent in some of the world’s most volatile warzones. Born in Sydney, he left Australia in 1991 to pursue a career that saw him from report from frontlines in Bosnia, Latin America, South Africa and the Middle East. That all changed ...