The Maguindanao Massacre
Published on Apr 5, 2020 by Luke Hunt
A podcast with Australian journalist Craig Skehan who has covered Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands over the last four decades, for major news outlets including The Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Associated Press (AAP). That included the 2009 massacre in Maguindanao, Philippines, where justice for the victims and their families had taken over a decade to come through.Skehan spoke to Luke Hunt recently about a range of issues, including recent developments on the Maguindanao massacre. Listen here..
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Wrap: End Executions in Asia
Published on Nov 27, 2019 by Luke Hunt
From Pakistan and India to Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam, executions for a range of crimes — murder and treason to drug trafficking and blasphemy — remain on the statute books. Of the 53 counties that maintain the death penalty, about a quarter are in Asia, with China topping the world in the number of state-sanctioned killings. Figures remain a state secret, but rights groups say at least 2,000 people were executed by lethal injection or firing squad in 2017.Sydney woman saved from Malaysian gallowsPublic executions haunt North KoreansThe sultan of Brunei has backed away from his promise and to institute a Saudi brand of Shariah law, which will enable religious authorities to inflict a raft of medieval punishments including amputations....
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Wrap: The Global State of Refugees
Published on Jul 7, 2019 by Luke Hunt
The annual United Nations report on the state of refugees around the globe reads more like an end-of-year corporate finance sheet. It’s just the numbers — and like a profit-and-loss account, the figures can be interpreted in many ways.Read more:Asia helps push world refugee numbers to record highSomewhere in the Indian Ocean, a boat laden with asylum seekers has gone missing. All souls are feared lost and a sore point with those who have followed the plight of the Daya Mata is that barely no one outside the subcontinent has even noticed.World ignores plight of Indian refugee boat lost at seaFishing Boat Saga Reveals Asia’s Lingering Refugee Challenge.
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Garbage Feeds Thousands
Published on Oct 22, 2018 by Luke Hunt
Homeless and poverty is an increasing issue in affluent Australia. In Melbourne, considered among the world’s most liveable cities, Dumpster Diving through the bins of supermarkets to salvage what’s left is now common. By Morgan Reinwald Spiralling through the grime-filled alleyways of central Melbourne is a repugnant experience. Trenching between two tired concrete structures stained with rebel graffiti, the combination of litter and human faeces form a stench that is abominable. Despite this, the notion of garbage is appropriating a wide range of goods and nutrition that appear no different to shelf-bought items. Nonetheless, many of Australia’s biggest food and retail companies are throwing away items every day that are perfect for consumer’s consumption. Hence, the trend known as ‘dumpster....
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Closure over Australia's Refugee Deal in Sight
Published on Mar 16, 2017 by Luke Hunt
Issues involving countries as far afield as Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Costa Rica still need resolutionBy Luke HuntClosure for Australia and its controversial Pacific Island refugee camps is finally looming with teams of contractors deployed by the United States kick-starting the resettlement programs amid lingering doubts over hundreds of asylum seekers who could be left behind.A team from the Bangkok-based Resettlement Support Centre East Asia have wrapped-up initial interviews on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, a month-long process which initiated the first stages in the resettlement of up to 1,250 refugees.Another two teams from the Department of Homeland Security in the US have also arrived on Nauru and Manus to follow-up on those interviews and begin the “extreme vetting”....
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