In a significant turn of events, the Australian government announced this week that it will ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading…
A core part of the work of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is raising concerns about Australian refugee policy. On 21 June 2016, we talked to UNHCR’s Division of International Protection about these issues as part of their consultations with NGOs in Geneva.
It is increasingly recognised that the options for effective protection of refugees have not kept pace with the number of people who need protection. Traditional approaches to refugee protection have centered on one of three 'durable solutions' supported by the UNHCR. Increasingly, however, people are discussing alternative pathways for refugees to access safety and security, as well as expanding existing channels such as resettlement programs.
With global displacement at record levels, a real public debate on refugee protection is sorely needed. Motivated to explore concrete, principled strategies for refugee policy and practices in Australia and the wider region, the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law convened a two-day Expert Roundtable at the University of New South Wales.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is an intergovernmental organisation which aims to facilitate “dignified, orderly and safe migration for the benefit of all.” Set up in 1951, the IOM now has 9,500 staff working across 450 offices, with 401 offices and 165 member states globally. It has five main roles.
On 19 September 2016, 193 countries committed to the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. What does this mean for refugees?
On the opening day of the 67th Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme, the departing UN Secretary-General reflected on a decade of epic challenges, while the incoming new High Commissioner for Refugees spoke of his vision for the future.
Two years ago, UNHCR launched its Global Strategy: Beyond Detention 2014-2019. In August 2016, it published a report about the progress of the strategy. The initiative outlines a five-year strategy that involves 12 countries: Canada, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Zambia.
The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants was held in New York on 19 September 2016. More than 150 government and non-government representatives gathered to adopt a framework to address the large-scale displacement and movement of people across the globe.
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is calling on the Australian government to show leadership and make firm commitments on refugee policy, ahead of two landmark international refugee summits taking place this week.