Monthly Archives: June 2010

ALL CHILDREN HAVE RIGHTS: End Unfair Prosecutions of Children under Anti-Terrorism Legislation in Turkey

Amnesty International report – Since 2006, thousands of children in Turkey, some as young as 12, have been prosecuted under anti-terrorism legislation solely for their alleged participation in demonstrations focused on issues of concern to members of the Kurdish community. While Amnesty International recognizes the obligation of the Turkish authorities to maintain order and to prevent damage to property during the sometimes violent demonstrations, Amnesty International is gravely concerned at the systematic violation of the rights of the child committed ... Read More »

Islam and Secularism

Written more than twenty years ago, this book is one of the most creative and original works of a Muslim thinker in the contemporary Muslim world. The author deals with fundamental problems faced by contemporary Muslims and provides real solutions, beginning with a discussion on ‘The Contemporary Western Christian Background’ in Chapter (I), followed by his analysis of the concepts (which he newly defines) of ‘secular’, ‘secularization’, and ‘secularism’ in Chapter (II). All this is then contrasted in Chapter (IV) ... Read More »

UK plans to deport Afghan children

Human rights and refugee agencies have criticised British proposals to deport unaccompanied Afghan children to their homeland, saying such a move could put lives at risk. There are around 4,200 unaccompanied child asylum seekers in Britain, many from Afghanistan According to a tender published in March, the UK Border Agency plans to set up a $5.8m “reintegration” centre in Kabul, the Afghan capital, to allow child asylum seekers arriving without parents or a guardian to be sent home. Under the terms ... Read More »

Refugee advocate hits out

Kon Karapanagiotidis is the son of Greek migrants, his father’s side were refugees from Turkey, so he identifies with modern displacement and desperation. At just 37 years old, Kon Karapanagiotidis is a lawyer, a social worker, has been sacked several times and has founded Melbourne’s only Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASCR). Every day he deals with stories of pain and suffering. He deals with the nation’s leaders using asylum seekers as a scapegoat for everything from Read More »