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Offshore Detention in Australia – Proposals Set to Revoke Previous Draconian Legislation

14 March, 2022 by Sam Biden, Global Leadership Fellow Current System Australia has been incorporating an ‘offshore’ detention system for over two decades. This system is facilitated via the Migration Act 1958 (MA), allowing for indefinite and arbitrary detention. The ...

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Unfair Punishments For Using The Right To Assemble Peacefully In Cuba

Cuba is still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and the problems it brought with it. However, the Cuban government will now also have to work to improve relations with its citizens as the recent events have shown the public that Cuba’s government cannot be trusted and is not acting with the people’s best interest in mind.

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Refouling those in danger – How US migration policy continues to violate the security of the family and individual

With all areas considered, there is no doubt that the Remain in Mexico policy is a multi-layered, flagrant violation of a multitude of international documents. While immigration is a touchy issue in the current political climate, the enforcement of migration laws need not be this harsh.

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The Right to Self-Determination for West Papuans

West Papua has been a territory of Indonesia since it was annexed by the Southeast Asian country in 1962. Before then, it was a Dutch colony and has been a UN Trust territory. However, West Papuans have continuously agitated for independence on the basis of their distinct ethnic, cultural and religious diversity to the majority of Indonesia.

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Legality of Colonisation under International Law

Under international law, treaties and instruments create an obligation for States to decolonise foreign territories. Yet despite this comprehensive body of law prohibiting colonisation (both outright and as a consequence of its effect on the right to self-determination and sovereignty), there are still cases in modern geopolitics where one State is an imperial power over a foreign territory.

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