The Story So Far

In 1945, Australia was a founding member of the United Nations and one of eight nations involved in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, and later ratified by 145 nations at the United Nations Refugee Convention in 1951. Motivated by the harrowing circumstances of the Holocaust and two world wars, this was the first time that countries had agreed on a comprehensive statement of inalienable human rights.

This poses two questions for Australians. As a signatory of the 1948/51 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, what are Australia’s obligations to refugees fleeing from war and persecution today? Is Australia currently breaking international law?

These two questions are addressed and answered through the Australian Government, Refugee Council and CREATE links below

Click here for the AUSTRALIA AND THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Click here for the ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES GUIDE. AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS
Click here for the REFUGEE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA‎ (RCOA)
Click here for DEAKIN UNIVERSITY’S CENTRE ON REFUGEE EMPLOYMENT, ADVOCACY, TRAINING AND EDUCATION (CREATE)

The Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE) aims to build knowledge and understanding of how best to support people from a refugee background to rebuild their careers after leaving their home country through obtaining meaningful employment and accessing vocational training and education. The centre works closely with non-governmental and governmental organizations to develop practical solutions which support refugee integration into the workplace and the vocational and higher education sectors, as well as advocate on behalf of the refugee community to foster policy changes that support such integration.

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