Toward the end of last year, 150 asylum seekers drowned in a boat accident off the coast of Indonesia. It served as a stark reminder of the extreme risks vulnerable people often take in seeking a safer life and the often fatal consequences.
Twelve months later, the Australian Government has outsourced its obligation to protect such vulnerable people - re-establishing the Pacific Solution in the name of ending these dangerous boat journeys and saving lives. Under this policy, some of the world’s most vulnerable people are now languishing, on Nauru, in leaking tents, in repressive heat - with no end in sight.
What we are left with is a severe lack of accountability and a the clear threat that the human rights abuses which occurred on Nauru and Manus Island, only a matter of years ago, are set to repeat themselves.
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As young Malala Yousafzai fights for her life, we all remain in shock and outrage over such a brutal attack on a girl.
What this vicious murderous attack has demonstrated is how threatened extremists groups like the Taliban are by educated women and girls.
In such a destabilised patriarchal country, comprehensive education for women and girls is rarely attained and in some instances denied with brutal violence.
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