Leading human rights barrister Julian Burnside deconstructs harsh asylum seeker policies around the world, arguing that failure in political leadership is compromising human rights and destroying democratic principles in the West
BORDER POLITICS follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he traverses the globe examining the harsh treatment meted out to refugees by most Western democracies. This contemporary story is about the threat to human rights, the loss of democratic values and our increasingly heartless treatment of ‘the other’.
Seventy years after the world constructed international conventions to ensure the horrors of World War 2 wouldn’t be repeated, Burnside finds it terrifying to see Australian and other western political leaders exploiting fears around border protection to extend political power. Burnside defines humanity with the universally recognized Golden Rule – Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You as a benchmark. He questions whether the West has lost its moral compass by adopting ideas that reject humanity and undermine democracy.
He concludes this erosion of human rights poses a threat to the very democratic values that define Western society.
“So powerful. Moving and irrefutable evidence of the place we have journeyed to. How will future generations judge us all?” Law Society England & Wales.
Exclusive Q&A screening with special guest leading Human Rights lawyer Julian Burnside as he deconstructs harsh asylum seeker policies around the world on Thursday July 19 at Luna Cinemas Leederville following the 6.30pm session.
Thursday, 19 July
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LIMITED SEASON STARTS FROM JULY 19 AT LUNA LEEDERVILLE