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The MK 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system, on the USS Reuben James guided-missile frigate, fires during an exercise. Flickr/US Pacific Fleet

Why it’s so hard to reach an international agreement on killer robots

We already have some autonomous weapons – so talk of any ban should focus on where we draw the line on what is acceptable, and what is not. Can we at least agree on that?
A Rohingya refugee woman in Bangladesh. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

UN report documents genocide against Rohingya: What now?

The evidence in the report is compelling, but experts explain there are many barriers to global leaders taking action.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a news conference in Ottawa in June 2018. A United Nations housing watchdog has criticized the Liberals over what it sees as their about-face on a promise to put a human rights lens on its housing strategy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada’s complicated relationship with international human rights law

If the liberal international order is to survive, countries like Canada will need to defend international human rights law.
The United Nations says the number of forcibly displaced persons around the world has risen to 68.5 million. Shutterstock

Australia and other countries must prioritise humanity in dealing with displaced people and migration

States' approaches to challenges of forced displacement and migration often fail to acknowledge a sometimes competing, but always essential, consideration – the basic dignity of the human person.

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