Evan Jones is a Evan Jones is a Southeast Asia-based refugee advocate.
Bahrain has released over a thousand prisoners, but political activists remain locked up.
Several thousand political opponents are languishing in prisons across Bahrain. Such sentences reflect the increasingly restrictive and dangerous environment faced by human rights activists.
Despite Kim Jong-un's new face, life hasn't changed for North Koreans inside the dictatorship, forcing many to flee through dark underworlds in search of safety.
The campaign to categorise Afghanistan as a "safe country" is misguided and perpetuates the cycle of displacement for Afghans in Europe, Iran and Pakistan.
The Australian government needs to be held to account for its shameful treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. The government's policies fly in the face of the core values that underpin Australian society and history.
With under half of all Asian countries having signed the 1951 Refugee Convention or having any domestic legislation in place, refugees in the region are forced to live on the fringes of society.
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