Regarding Rights

Academic and activist perspectives on human rights

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The way to a cohesive society: cultural assimilation or structural inclusion?

By Ibolya (Ibi) Losoncz*, RegNet, ANU

Australian Government poster displayed between 1949 and 1951 in reception rooms and dining halls at various migrant reception centres in Australia. (Image courtesy of the NAA/Wikipedia).

Australian Government poster displayed between 1949 and 1951 in various migrant reception centres. (Image courtesy of the NAA/Wikipedia).

Increased international migration, including refugee admissions and resettlement, has changed the ethnic make-up of many developed countries. Instead of capitalising on diversity, government policies rely heavily on the assimilation of migrants as a way to create cohesion and unity within mainstream society. In public discourse, assimilation also tends to be portrayed as a precondition for social cohesion. But wouldn’t supporting the economic, social and political participation of newly arrived immigrants while acknowledging their diverse cultures be a more effective way of building a cohesive society? A critical look at Australia’s humanitarian resettlement program provides valuable insights to this important question.

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When Corruption Violates Human Rights: The Right to Food in Kenya

By Ibolya Losoncz, RegNet, ANU & Augustine Kakeeto, Tangaza University College, Nairobi, Kenya

Photo of market stall in Kenya


Hunger is a violation of human dignity and an obstacle to social, political and economic progress. Yet millions of people in Kenya are prevented from realising the fundamental human right to be free from hunger because of government corruption and abuse of power.

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