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Curtin human rights student wins place in prestigious course in Japan

Media release

C133/08

Curtin University of Technology human rights education student Noushin Aref-Adib’s passion for working with refugees has secured her a place at a prestigious human rights course at the United Nations University in Japan.

Twenty four year old Noushin was born in Iran and moved to Australia when she was 12 years old.

Noushin is passionate about working with refugees which is why she was accepted into the intensive two month human rights course at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan. She flies out this week.

“I think many refugees face sub-human conditions in camps, especially women who are more prone to sexual and violent attacks,” Noushin said.

“Then when they come to Australia hoping for a better life I believe they are sometimes disappointed when they face racism and the ongoing battle to find appropriate housing,” she said

“I am very privileged to be accepted into this highly competitive course and I look forward to learning more about human rights and benefiting from networking with students from other countries.”

In Tokyo Noushin’s work with refugees will be examined through a course titled Globalisation and the Multilateral System that explores globalisation and its impact on developing countries.

Noushin’s enthusiasm for working with refugees inspired her to study human rights at Curtin.

She is completing her final year of a Master in Human Rights Education at the Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE) at Curtin. She graduated from the University with a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights in 2007 and holds a Bachelor of Psychology – majoring in psychology and women’s studies.

“Through the course at Curtin I am exploring how to engage in interactive dialogues between minority groups and everyday Australians which is fundamental to working with refugees.”

The Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education, and CHRE Director Professor Linda Briskman said she is absolutely delighted for Noushin.

“I am very happy for Noushin and extremely proud that one of our Master degree students has been accepted into this highly regarded and competitive human rights course,” Professor Briskman said.

Attention Editor/COS: A photograph is available on request.