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Showing posts from January, 2016

Addressing the Problem of Statelessness in Asia-Pacific

Dr Melissa Crouch of UNSW Law is currently participating in a Workshop on Researching Statelessness and Citizenship in Asia and the Pacific from 27-29 January 2016.  Organized by the United Nations High Commission of Refugees and the University of Melbourne, the conference brings together leading researchers and practitioners from around the world on the legal issues arising from the problem of statelessness in the region.  The workshop coincides with the UNHCR Global Action Plan to End Statelessness 2014-2024. UNHCR has documented that there are 10 million stateless people in the world today, many of who reside in the Asia-Pacific region. This discussion has particular relevance for Dr Crouch's research on Myanmar.  The National League for Democracy takes office on Monday 1 February, and the pressing issue of inclusivity, citizenship and the need to address the rights of displaced populations in Myanmar should be a key concern.

Indonesia: Persecution disguised as fighting terrorism

In  recent news , a minority sect in Indonesia known as Fajar Nusantara Movement, or Gafatar, had its village burnt to the ground on suspicions it was connected to terrorism. Although this comes just days after a terrorist attack in Jakarta, the incident must not be blown out of proportion. The attack on the village is certainly devastating and a violation of rights, but the link to international terrorism is tenuous if non-existent. The targeting of this minority group represents just one incident in a long pattern of vigilante violence against minority religious communities in Indonesia. Such violence has affected groups ranging from the minority Shiite community to Ahmadiyah, a group that is said to believe in another prophet after Muhammad. Indonesia's concern should not primarily be whether this minority group has links to international terrorism. It is domestic radicalism – those who organised the attack on the village – that should be the cause for concern. Local mobs

New course at UNSW: Rule of Law in Southeast Asia

New course at UNSW: Islamic Law and Society