Civil Rights

Australians believe 18C protections should stay

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While debate over the merits of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act continues to rage, new research shows that an overwhelming majority of Australians support legislation that prevents insults on the basis of race, culture or religion. Andrew Jakubowicz, Kevin Dunn and Rachel Sharples The Conversation We found that just 10% of Australians believe people should have the freedom to “insult” and “offend” people on the basis of race, culture or religion. Over 75% are… Australians believe 18C… Read More »

Hungary is removing statue of philosopher György (Georg) Lukács – He was Marxist and Jewish

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Removing a statue of a philosopher? You may expect something like this to happen in Nazi Germany in the 1930s but not in Budapest in 2017. Hungarian Free Press  A couple of weeks ago the Budapest City Council decided that the statue of György Lukács will be removed from a Budapest park in the 13th district.. The renowned philosopher… Hungary is removing… Read More »

Venezuela pulls Spanish-language CNN from air for ‘distorting truth’

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government ordered the suspension of CNN’s Spanish-language service from Venezuela’s airwaves on Feb. 15, accusing it of distorting the… Caracas Hurriyet U.S.-based ‘CNN en Espanol’ became unavailable on Venezuela’s major cable providers minutes after a… The network had… Venezuela pulls Spanish… Read More »

Triggs: public servants should know human rights obligations

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Public servants should at least be aware of the human rights treaties to which Australia is party and the obligations they entail, says Gillian Triggs — and many do want to know how to do their… David Donaldson The Mandarin Public servants need to remember their obligations under international human rights treaties, despite… Triggs: public servants… Read More »

Coalition to change native title laws to protect mining and agriculture deals

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George Brandis announces bill to reverse court ruling that threw land use agreements thrown into doubt, including deal between Adani and… Joshua Robertson The Guardian The Turnbull government will change native title laws to protect land use agreements thrown into doubt by a recent court ruling, including a… Coalition to change… Read More »

‘I feel like I have been buried alive’: families live in fear and isolation as Erdoğan leads a witch-hunt

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More than 125,000 people have been sacked on suspicion of links to a dissident cleric. Two teachers and a law student describe how this has affected… Constanze Letsch The Guardian On 1 September, the life of Ahmet and Fatma Özer*, married teachers from Istanbul, changed… Accused of being sympathisers of Fethullah… ‘I feel like I… Read More »

Why we still need Black History Month in the US

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In an ideal world, Black History Month wouldn’t be necessary. Danielle Fuentes Morgan Al Jazeera News But we don’t live in one. Earlier this month… Why we still need… Read More »

Invasive spyware’s odd targets: Mexican advocates of soda tax

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San Francisco: Last northern summer, Dr Simon Barquera’s phone started buzzing with a series of disturbing text messages from unknown… The Canberra Times New York Times One said his daughter had been in a serious accident. Another claimed to be from a friend whose father had died – with a link to funeral… Yet another message informed Barquera, director of… Invasive spyware’s odd… Read More »

Swiss voters accept new citizenship rules

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Voters decide to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, according to official results. Al Jazeera News agencies Swiss voters have approved a measure to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, in a defeat for right-wing nationalists who… Swiss voters accept… Read More »

Hundreds Arrested in US Immigration Enforcement Raids

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U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally in raids across the country this week, although authorities said the enforcement action wasn’t linked to a… VoA The raids targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal histories, Gillian Christensen, a… Hundreds Arrested in… Read More »

Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years

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A Chinese man who was trapped in India for more than 50 years has finally been reunited with his… BBC The BBC had reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the… Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who… Chinese man trapped… Read More »

Breaking Up the Family as a Way to Break Up the Mob

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REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy — Fighting the mafia at the very toe of Italy, Roberto Di Bella has seen a lot: children as young as 11 or 12 serving as lookouts during murders, attending drug deals and… Gaia Pianigiani The New York Times But it was the day he charged the younger brother of a minor he had jailed years before that he decided to take a… Breaking Up the… Read More »

Media Sauce: Where’s BLeak when it comes to #FreeSpeech for cartoonists?

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A large number of Australian cartoonists have supported international efforts to get their colleagues out of detention in Malaysia, Turkey and Manus Island but, as Dr Martin Hirst discovered, there’s… Martin Hirst Independent Australia  Where’s #FreeSpeech Bill when we… The Australian’s highly… Media Sauce: Where’s… Read More »

Why Americans Shouldn’t Normalize The Hijab

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The endgame of hijab culture in Islam is totalitarian. Luma Simms The Federalist For all their talk of ‘renegades,’ Playboy and The Huffington Post are hawking the banal conformity of this age: Anything but Western Christendom. In an article on… Why Americans Shouldn’t… Read More »

The Price Of Freedom And Love And Same Sex Marriage

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At any point in the future, people offended by same-sex weddings are welcome to opt out of the industry, writes Mathew Kenneally. #that’sfreedom! Mathew Kenneally New Matilda It’s a nightmare scenario. In the future… The Price Of… Read More »

France decriminalizes Armenian genocide denial as constitutional council emphasizes freedom of expression

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The French Constitutional Council has ruled late Thursday that the criminalization of denying the Armenian genocide is an “unnecessary and disproportionate attack against freedom of speech” and rescinded the ruling which formerly labeled the denial as a “hate crime.” Daily Sabah According to the council, “This ruling causes uncertainty regarding expressions and comments on historical matters. Thereby, this ruling is an… France decriminalizes Armenian… Read More »