Islamophobia – where hate speech can lead to death

I wrote this article a few months back for the Autumn edition of GreenMail, a quarterly Greens NSW publication. The issue of hate speech and violence is now even more topical. Tejasvi Surya, a politician with the extremist Bharatiya Janata Party, recently toured Australia. He was on a speaking tour and to recruit for the … Continue reading Islamophobia – where hate speech can lead to death

Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association – celebrate 40 years of achievements

I was asked to speak at the 40th anniversary of the Immigrant Women's Speakout Association, a courageous organisation that empowers migrant and refugee women to achieve gender equality in all areas of their lives. Speakout’s equitable and democratic structure is the basis of its longevity. It is with deep appreciation that I join you for … Continue reading Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association – celebrate 40 years of achievements

Kashmir Solidarity Day – exposing Modi’s crimes of genocide vital in struggle for self-determination

I spoke at a number of events to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day. It is heartening to see that awareness of the Kashmiri struggle is growing. These are my notes on some of the issues I raised at these events.  This function to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day is part of a global movement for Kashmiri self … Continue reading Kashmir Solidarity Day – exposing Modi’s crimes of genocide vital in struggle for self-determination

India’s Republic Day should not be another BJP propaganda occasion – call grows to release Delhi 18 gaoled for defending Constitution

26 January 2022 This article was published in The Wire India. By Lee Rhiannon India’s Republic Day, with all its pomp and celebratory zeal, should be an occasion to also highlight the plight of the Delhi 18, the group of young students and activists, many of whom are in jail for staging protests against the Narendra … Continue reading India’s Republic Day should not be another BJP propaganda occasion – call grows to release Delhi 18 gaoled for defending Constitution

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”