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Northern Institute acknowledges Refugee Week 2021


22 June 10.30am

The Challenge of Protecting the Rohingya Refugees

The Rohingya are a religious-ethnic (predominantly Muslims) minority in Myanmar’s northern state of Rakhine. Myanmar has long denied the Rohingya as citizens, who have been experiencing expulsion and persecution in a systematic form since 1982 when Myanmar’s citizenship law denationalized them. As an aftermath of a genocidal crackdown by Myanmar’s military in August 2017, approximately 1 million Rohingya civilians took shelter in Bangladesh where they are living in shabby camps. Rohingya have been living as stateless people, asylum-seekers, or refugees in many other countries including India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Australia. Bangladesh has not been a party to the refugee convention but is hosting over a million Rohingya refugees on a humanitarian ground. There are challenges in the protection of the Rohingya both in Bangladesh and elsewhere. Two litigations in the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice have not seen much impact yet. The international community has not simply done enough for the protection of this community, probably the world’s most persecuted group. Based on my research and practical work, I will focus in this talk on the challenges of protecting the Rohingya refugees—mostly covering the situation in Bangladesh. I will also reflect on why Australia should take the case of Rohingya protection more seriously.

Dr Ridwanul Hoque

Location: Online via ZOOM

24 June 10.30am

FREE THE DARWIN 15: The history, politics, and ways forward for the Darwin detainees other refugees in Australia’s detention and across the world

In this seminar, we explore the human impacts of Australia’s refugee policy. First, we examine the situation of the refugees currently detained at the Mercure Darwin Airport and provide a brief outline of the community campaign that is being run to get them released. These refugees are all from Iran and were brought to Australia from Nauru under now-repealed Medevac legislation. They have been waiting nine years for resettlement.

Second, we discuss some of the structural drivers that create refugees in the first place, drawing a link between the experiences of Indigenous people with mass incarceration and refugees with indefinite detention. Racialized processes of dispossession producing ‘statelessness’ will be identified as affecting both Indigenous people and refugees.

Third, we discuss current research investigating Australia’s settlement and integration program from multiple perspectives (including participants and facilitators), and discuss an approach to evaluation that offers robust government program and policy analysis, and a pathway for results to be made visible to policy and decision makers.

Professor Michael Christie

Stephen Enciso

Valerie Leishman

Special Guest:

Dr Sara Dehm, Senior Lecturer, University Technology Sydney.

Location: Online via ZOOM and Live in the Savanna Room (Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48, Casuarina Campus, CDU)


Sign a 'live' letter to The Hon. Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Home Affairs

Re: towards a just and humane approach for people seeking asylum in Australia

Contact our #RefugeeWeek 2021 presenters: 

Dr Ridwanul Hoque

Professor Michael Christie

Valerie Leishman

Stephen Enciso

Sara Dehm

Academics for Refugees

Asylum Seeker support 

DASSAN – Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network  

Do something -

Join the Darwin Refugee Vigils

Daily 5pm at Mercure Hotel, Darwin Airport

Wednesdays 12.30pm Department of Home Affairs, 21 Lindsay Street, Darwin

Saturday Rally 5pm, Mercure Hotel, Darwin Airport

Journey Beyond Fear

Darwin Screening Thursday 24 June 7pm at Deckchair Cinema

Feature documentary told through the eyes of a teenage girl and her refugee family in pursuit of resettlement. This emotional roller coaster takes us from despair to joy through hope, humour and love - shattering prevailing stereotypes.

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