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The Rugmaker of Mazar e Sharif
Woomera detention center
SBS Exit Australia Simulation
Go to the school library webpage - research guides - and downlod the study guide for this text.
Explore issues related to the Woomera detention center via links below.
Note - sites of a 'protesting' nature will have a bias in their reporting.
Check notes and links in
Ms G's Encountering Conflict Live Binder
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The AGE VCE guide: Encountering Conflict
How effective is protesting as a method for dealing with conflict? What various forms does 'protesting' take?
Resolving conflict - even in a small way - the parable of
Fact Sheet 82: Immigration Detention
in Australia - Government Website
Immigration detention statistics
The table below is the total number of people held in immigration detention.
No. of people
Source: Departmental systems
Statistics for the number of people held in each of the immigration detention centres are
updated weekly and are available online
. (NB when I looked they were 'temporarily unavailable'....) I also note this data is up to 2008 - and does not reflect the rise in detainees causing issues in 2010-2011.
Refugee Council of Australia
From the author of Blind Conscience -
Insight study guide on the text -
2011 - Mandatory Detention is still an Issue
2011 government policy debate
Human Rights Comission
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Time to rethink our mandatory detention system
The Australian Human Rights Commission has expressed concern about the incidents on Christmas Island over the past few days, during which tear gas and ‘bean-bag bullets’ were used against asylum-seekers in immigration detention, as well as incidents in other detention facilities.
Commission President and Human Rights Commissioner Catherine Branson QC said the ongoing nature of the incidents, including the reported use of tear gas again last night, was particularly disturbing.
“These incidents highlight the urgent need for the Australian Government to reconsider the system of mandatory and indefinite detention,” Ms Branson said.
“The Commission is seriously troubled by the deteriorating situation in immigration detention facilities on Christmas Island and across the mainland.
“There are thousands of people being held in immigration detention facilities across Australia, many of whom have been held for six months or more,” she said.
“It’s particularly concerning that there are hundreds of people who have already been recognised as refugees but are still being held in detention while waiting for security clearances.
“People are being held in detention for long periods of time, without any certainty about when they might be released. We know from past history in Australia, that this can have devastating impacts on people’s mental health and general wellbeing.
“The Commission has recommended for more than two years now that the Government stop holding people in detention on Christmas Island. Conditions have worsened over this time as overcrowding has increased,” she said.
“Australia’s system of mandatory and indefinite immigration detention was one of the key concerns raised by the international community during the recent United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Australia’s human rights record,” Ms Branson said.
“The Government should implement the risk-based approach to detention it announced in 2008.
“People should only be held in immigration detention if there is a risk that justifies detaining them. If no such risk exists, they should be allowed to reside in community-based alternatives to detention while their refugee claims are processed.”
Up to the minute information on human rights is now available on twitter at
NEW! Taliban presence in Afghanistan Map
- 2010 Thanks to Rhiannon and Nick
The freedom bus
This bus travelled Australia, protesting the treatment of refugees in the woomera detention center.
Australian Human rights commission
Safety of children in detention
Safety of children in detention
Questions and answers about refugees
questions and answers
2005 factual data on refugees and defining key terms.
Self harm in Woomera
Report outlining the issues of self harm in Woomera.
Refugees break out of Woomera with assistance of protesters
The refugees and supporters of them felt they were being severely mistreated. The breakout was part of an averall campaign to keep media attention on their plight and make the Australian Government meet its human rights obligations.
The hunger strike as a means of protest
This page lists the statement and links to the lists of names and comments sent to us, while it also includes some news about this hungerstrike.
of conflict in Afghanistan
A more detailed timeline
that is focussed purely on the Taliban
Taliban History -
Life, death and the Taliban
-Includes Video footage -
NOTE - In looking at sources be aware and critical of the potential for bias, misinformation and gaps in reports. There is no doubt there was a massacre in Mazar e Sharif - but some pages will be less reliable resources than others on what actually took place. The same goes for all pages that recount military conflicts that do not have to be 'accountable' for their information sources.
Massacre in Mazar e Sharif
The Sunday Times ,
Photos of life in Mazar e Sharif under Taliban
Information about the city of Mazar-e-Sharif
Another view of the massacre of Hazara people
complexity of war in Afghanistan
(and an argument about the pointlessness of PowerPoint!)
Article about Najaf Mazari - at the website of his Traditional Afghan Rug shop - by
- on the same website
page is also interesting
Audio Interview with Mazari and Hillman at
an ABC site
Photos of Mazari -
by lea Jones
of key moments in the text -
UN refugee video channel on youtube
Refugee statistics - graphic presentation
The road to refuge
- BBC site about refugees
Pakistans Invisible refugee
s - slideshow NYTimes
1919 - regained independence after a third war with British forces
1933 – Zahir Shah becomes king – aged 19. Afghanistan remains a monarchy for 40 yrs
1953 – Gen Mohammed Daud Khan Cousing of the king become PM and turns to Soviets for economic and military assistance
1978 – Khan killed in a coup by leftist People’s democratic party. Nur Mohammed Taraki takes power. (communist) Conservative Islamic and ethnic leaders begin armed revolt
1979 – USSR invades to bolster faltering communist regime
1980 – Peoples democratic party Parcham faction leader Babrak Kamal installed as ruler – soviet backed – Anti regime resistance intensifies. US, Pakistan, China, Iran and Saudi Arabia supply support
1985 – 1/2 the population displaced by war
1986 – US begins supplying mujahedin (Muslim rebels) with missiles to shoot down Soviet Helicopters. Mohammed Najibullah Ahmadzai becomes leader.
1988 – Afghanistan, USSR, USA and Paskistan sign peace accords and Soviets begin pulling out troops
1991 – US and USSR agree to end military aid to both sides
1992 – Najibullah flees rebels and is trapped in a UN compound in Kabul for 4 yrs until captured and executed by Taliban
1993 – Mujahedin factions form government Burhanuddin Rabbani as president
1996 – Taliban seixe control of Kabul. Introduce hard line Islam- ban women from work. Introduction of Islamic punishments. Rabbani flees to join anti Taliban northern alliances.
1997 – Taliban recognized as legitimate rulers by Pakistan and S. Arabia – most others see rabbani as head of state
1998 – US launches missile attacks and suspected bases of Osama Bin Laden
1999 – UN enforces an air embargo and financial sanctions to force Afghanistan to hand over Bin Laden
2001 – After Sept 11 attacks (2000) The coalition of the willing launch airstrikes to destroy Bin Laden
2001 Dec 16th – US declares al-Quaida has been destroyed. Hamid Kazai is sworn in as chairman of the interim government.
Anti War Poetry
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