Torture victim says he will never trust humans again

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A hostage humiliated, degraded and tortured with a blow torch-heated fork pressed into his flesh while chained during a 24-hour ordeal in a suburban garage has spoken of never again trusting humans. The victim of what a Melbourne judge deemed protracted and virtual torture described how it ”kills me to know that humans are even capable of such activities”. The ... Read More »

Jihadists Seize ‘Brides’ From Syrian Schools


Jihadists are seizing girls from Syrian schools and colleges to serve as “brides”, claim activists. In the town of Raqqa, northern Syria, liberal rebels have been driven out, and fighters from the Islamist groups Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) hold sway. Many are foreign-born, and are promised brides by recruiters in return for fighting under the black flag ... Read More »

US human rights record chastised in UN report

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UN human rights committee raises concerns over torture, drone strikes, the death penalty and NSA data collection The UN committee also criticised Barack Obama for failing to keep his promise to close Guantánamo Bay. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images – Jump to comments The UN has delivered a withering verdict on the US’s human rights record, raising concerns on a series of ... Read More »

The Limits Of Political Common Sense


A new film that explores Hannah Arendt’s experience at the 1960 trial of top Nazi Adolf Eichmann should prompt us to revisit her work on the nature of evil, writes Janna Thompson In Margarethe von Trotta’s film, recently released in Australia, Hannah Arendt is portrayed as a philosopher who tells truths that no one wants to hear. The cost is ... Read More »

Changes to act would allow Scott Morrison to ‘play God’


Labor opposes ministerial power Shadow Citizenship Minister Michelle Rowland tells Fairfax that granting Immigration Minister Scott Morrison power to grant or withhold humanitarian visas is a retrograde step. Australian politics: full coverage The Pulse Live with Judith Ireland Changes to a core migration act, which critics argue could allow Scott Morrison to “play God” and decide the fate of asylum ... Read More »

Due to pressures from the Lankan government recently Australia deported 1500 asylum seekers


Australian ambassador to Geneva said 8 thousand SriLanka national arrived in the boat currently residing in Australia. Addressing the United Nation Human Rights Council session yesterday ambassador went on to say, Most of these refugees have suffered by attacks and tortures carried out by the Lankan military personals. In order to safe guard their lives these refugees arrived to Australia. ... Read More »

N.Korea crimes on par with Nazis, Khmer Rouge: UN probe


AFP/AFP – Shigeo Iizuka of the Association of the Families for Victims Kidnapped by North Korea (AFVKN) holds a pen as a picture of his sister Yaeko Taguchi is seen on the table during a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, on March 17, 2014 The crimes of North Korea‘s regime are as chilling as those of ... Read More »

Thailand: Don’t Forcibly Return Uighurs To China, Says HRW

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The government of Thailand should ensure that a group of 220 ethnic Uighurs are not forcibly returned to China and have urgent access to refugee status determination proceedings by the United Nations refugee agency, Human Rights Watch said today. The group of Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim, Turkic minority that originates from western China, was discovered on March 13, 2014, in ... Read More »