Rebecca Barber

Rebecca Barber
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Rebecca is a PhD candidate with the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland. She has spent most of her career with international humanitarian NGOs, including long-term roles in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan and Indonesia (Aceh) and shorter-term assignments in South-East Asia and the Pacific. Most of her field work has focused on the management of protection, human rights and legal assistance programs, and she has also served as a humanitarian advocacy advisor with Oxfam (GB and Australia) and Save the Children, and a lecturer with the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership at Deakin University. Her writing on human rights, humanitarian assistance, international humanitarian law and international peace and security law has been published in law journals, books, foreign policy forums and mainstream media. She is a qualified lawyer and holds masters degrees in international development and international law.

Response to Myanmar coup shows need for UN reform
Response to Myanmar coup shows need for UN reform
Veto power on the Security Council too often obstructs action in the face of atrocities. Here are some ways around it.
The obstacles to Syrian aid
The obstacles to Syrian aid
Russia and China have used the Security Council to squelch cross-border humanitarian assistance. It’s time for options.
ASEAN Summit: A chance to engage on the Rohingya crisis
ASEAN Summit: A chance to engage on the Rohingya crisis
The regional body has been notably silent on genocide in Myanmar, ducking behind the myth of non-interference.
In Yemen, a deadly concoction of arms sales, conflict and Covid-19
In Yemen, a deadly concoction of arms sales, conflict and Covid-19
Without a ceasefire, a humanitarian catastrophe fuelled by Western arms shipments is about to get much worse.
Syria: What the UN can do, and must do
Syria: What the UN can do, and must do
With the Security Council once more hostage to the veto, the General Assembly should test the world’s resolve.
The worrying precedent of Turkey’s “safe zone”
The worrying precedent of Turkey’s “safe zone”
Under international law, one country cannot invade another to seize territory – yet that appears to have been endorsed.
Syria: the disgraceful stain left by the UN Security Council veto
Syria: the disgraceful stain left by the UN Security Council veto
The General Assembly has a chance to act in the interests of peace in the face of Russian and Chinese intransigence.
70 years of the Geneva Conventions and why we need them more than ever
70 years of the Geneva Conventions and why we need them more than ever
As tensions rise, this highpoint of multilateralism in the past offers comfort to the present in knowing rules apply.
The chance for Australia to urge ASEAN to act on the Rohingya crisis
The chance for Australia to urge ASEAN to act on the Rohingya crisis
ASEAN will never be in the business of naming and shaming, but its past way of doing diplomacy is evolving.
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