Flotilla to Gaza successful court case over illegal Israeli activity – inspiring Australian link

Ten years ago the global campaign to end the illegal blockade of Gaza took a dramatic turn when the Israeli forces stole urgently needed medical supplies. A lengthy court battle and the courageous actions of the Freedom Flotilla Gaza have won some justice. Palestinian activists, former Greens MP Sylvia Hale (left of banner) and Vivienne … Continue reading Flotilla to Gaza successful court case over illegal Israeli activity – inspiring Australian link

Australia’s support for Authoritarian Governments in the Asia Pacific Region – focusing on India and Philippines

International Volunteers for Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Independent and Peaceful Australia Network are to be congratulated and thanked for organising the Raising Peace Conference held at the end of September. My speech on Australia's support for authoritarian governments is below. Here is a link to some of the other conference … Continue reading Australia’s support for Authoritarian Governments in the Asia Pacific Region – focusing on India and Philippines

Tamils call for action on enforced disappearances

August 30, the International Day of the Victims of  Enforced Disappearances, was marked by the Tamil diaspora and in Sri Lanka by the women-led families of the disappeared. Since 2017 this movement for justice for the disappeared has been protesting and demanding answers. Below is my speech on this issue to an event organised by the … Continue reading Tamils call for action on enforced disappearances

#LetKashmirDecide – global actions call for justice

Two years ago the Indian government took total control of Kashmir. Since then the Modi’s forces have escalated attacks on the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The fightback of the Kashmiri people has been heroic. The global Kashmiri solidarity movement is growing as reflected in the many events held to mark the second … Continue reading #LetKashmirDecide – global actions call for justice

Colonisation – story of Kashmir post 5 August 2019

The Kashmir Institute of International Relations organised a webinar, "Colonisation of Kashmir, mechanisation and Impacts, story of Kashmir after 5 August 2019". It was held on July 14. Below is my speech. My talk examines some current developments in India, the impact of Covid in Kashmir and explores the relationship between India and Israel, In … Continue reading Colonisation – story of Kashmir post 5 August 2019

Investigate PH Report – killings increase under Duterte’s “justice system”

I met these people in 2019 when I visited the Philippines. I was there as part of an international human rights investigation into the crimes of President Duterte's regime. Tragically the killings are on the increase. I am currently one of the commissioners involved with Investigate PH. Our latest Report, just released, highlights three aspects … Continue reading Investigate PH Report – killings increase under Duterte’s “justice system”

Justice and self-determination for Palestinians essential for Middle East peace

NRI Affairs published my article on self-determination for Palestinians and that the West needs to recognise that Palestinians have a legal right to resist occupation. Palestinians in Gaza, locked down under a 14 year long air, sea and land blockade, face a much bigger task than clearing rubble and rebuilding shattered infrastructure. While it is essential … Continue reading Justice and self-determination for Palestinians essential for Middle East peace

Philippines: Killings mount under Duterte’s “red tagging”

Some of the family members I met on a human rights investigation to the Philippines in 2019. These women are holding photos of their loved ones murdered by security forces. Below is my speech to an Asia Pacific Webinar. "Exposing the Systematic Human Rights Violations under Duterte government" held on 23 April 2021. The speakers … Continue reading Philippines: Killings mount under Duterte’s “red tagging”

Remembering Pauline Jensen

Thanks to Coral Wynter the remarkable life of Pauline Jensen is in print - her lovely poems, descriptions of long desert walks and her passion for First Nations rights and so much more. Sadly Pauline died in November 2019 are a short battle with mesothelioma. Coral's book also includes contributions from Pauline's diverse friends. This … Continue reading Remembering Pauline Jensen

My speech at State Memorial for Jack Mundey

Today friends, unionists and activists gathered at the Town Hall to celebrate the extraordinary life of Jack Mundey. Jack had been a rugby league player, labourer, unionist and left intellectual. The Green Ban era was ground breaking. But he packed in so much more. His dedication to building mass movements was inspirational. I was fortunate … Continue reading My speech at State Memorial for Jack Mundey