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Refugees and Generosity: When Charity is Not Enough


Gillian Triggs + Habiburahman + Robert Carr

The Edge, State Library of Queensland

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Gillian Triggs

Gillian Triggs

Professor Gillian Triggs served as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012 to 2017. She has held many significant academic positions, including director of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law and dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. She is currently a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Chair of Justice Connect.
Habiburahman

Habiburahman

My full name is Habiburahman (but widely known as Habib) and I am a Rohingya. Born in 1979 in Burma (now Myanmar).
I escaped torture, persecution and detention in my own country.
I came through South East Asia where I endured more detention, tortures and slavery. The Hardship and the human rights violation I faced has in deed inspired me to be a Spokesperson for my people. Yet I had to flee once more to save my life, I took the sea route in Dec 2009. After being rescued in the middle of the sea by Australian authorities, I spent 32 months in detention centres. I now lives in Melbourne and continues to serve as spokesperson to advocate for the Rohingya's human rights through the organization I founded ( Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization- ABRO) to advocate for my community. I am also part time working as a translator, social worker and also the support service co-ordinator at Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees (RISE) and secretary of the international Rohingya organisation- Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO), based in the UK.

Robert Carr

Robert Carr

Robert Carr, Ph.D. (2012) is an adjunct research fellow in the Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University, Australia. He has published and lectured in political science, history and human security studies. Robert is the author of the book ‘Generosity and Refugees: The Kosovars in Exile’ (Brill, 2018).

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Peter Greste

Peter Greste

Professor Peter Greste is an Australian-born journalist, author, media freedom activist and academic. He is a founding member of the advocacy group, the Alliance for Journalists Freedom, and the UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland. He is also a regular contributor to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Conversation, and The Guardian. Before joining the university in January 2018, he spent 25 years as a foreign correspondent, starting with the civil war in Yugoslavia and elections in South Africa as a freelance reporter in the early 90’s, before joining the BBC as its Afghanistan correspondent in 1995. He went on to cover Latin America, the Middle East and Africa for the BBC.

In 2011 he won a Peabody Award for a BBC documentary on Somalia before joining Al Jazeera as its East Africa correspondent later that year. In December 2013 he was covering Egypt on a short three-week assignment when he was arrested on terrorism charges. After a trial widely dismissed as a sham, he was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison. In February the following year, after 400 days behind bars, and intense international campaign, he was deported under a presidential decree. As a result of the letters he wrote from prison in the defense of freedom of the press, he won a Walkley Award in Australia in 2014, and Royal Television Society and Tribeca Disruptive Innovator’s Awards in 2015.

He has also been awarded the International Association of Press Clubs’ Freedom of Speech Award; Liberty Victoria’s “Voltaire Award”, the Australian Human Rights Commission Medal (all in 2015), the RSL’s 2016 ANZAC Peace Prize, and the Australian Press Council’s 2018 Press Freedom award.


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