Civil Rights

Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead

Tensions around coal-fired power are reaching breaking point in Bangladesh, after four protestors were shot dead by the police on April 4, and a witch-hunt for more than 3,000 unnamed others began. Villagers in the coastal area of Banskhali, near Chittagong, admit to burning a vehicle well before the April 4 shootings, but deny theyMore… Source: Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead – New Matilda Read More »

Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia

Former prime minister says he has discussed end-of-life options with his wife, Blanche D’Alpuget. Bob Hawke has put his political influence behind the campaign to introduce assisted dying laws in Australia, saying it is “absurd that euthanasia is not legal in this country”… Source: Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache

It all started with a joke. Last week, German comedian Jan Böhmermann aired a segment on his show in which he read an openly offensive poem, directed at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he accused him of bestiality and other unsavory things… Source: How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache – The Washington Post Read More »

Political Conflict, Extremism and Criminal Justice in Bangladesh

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Political repression is reaching new highs in Bangladesh. The government’s abuse of rule of law institutions for political ends has created an atmosphere of injustice that is increasingly exploited by anti-state extremist groups. The gruesome recent killing of a secular blogger is just another tragic result of these groups’ growing power and impunity… Source: Political Conflict, Extremism and Criminal Justice in Bangladesh – International Crisis Group Read More »

Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover

For centuries, Christians in Turkey, though a minority in the predominantly Muslim country, have maintained and protected their sacred places of worship. These ancient churches are even older than Islam. Now, Christians in Turkey are fearful that they… Source: Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Support for Queensland bill of rights not universal

It’s designed to enshrine rights many Queenslanders take for granted in law, but the proposal for a Human Rights Act has met with a mixed response. The parliamentary committee charged with examining a bill of rights for Queensland – whether there is a need for one, and if so, what it… Source: Support for Queensland bill of rights not universal Read More »

Nuit debout protesters occupy French cities in revolutionary call for change

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For more than a week, vast nocturnal gatherings have spread across France in a citizen-led movement that has rattled the government.. As night fell over Paris, thousands of people sat cross-legged in the vast square at Place de la République, taking turns to pass round a microphone… Source: Nuit debout protesters occupy French cities in revolutionary call for change | World news | The Guardian Read More »

EU Frontex Report Shows Major Flaws in European Security

LONDON – England – The EU Frontex border report shows serious flaws in European security that are a major danger to Britain.. Fostering the free movement of people has been an important objective of European integration since the 1950s. Free movement of goods, persons, services and capital… Source: EU Frontex Report Shows Major Flaws in European Security – Daily Squib Read More »

Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death

The murder is the latest incident of aggression against secular bloggers and activists in the Muslim-majority country. A law student who posted pro-atheism comments on social media has been murdered, Bangladeshi police said, in the latest incident in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country… Source: Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death – AJE News Read More »

Historic land rights settlement ‘too late’ for many traditional owners

The big regret when one of the country’s longest-running and most hard-fought Aboriginal land claims moved close to settlement on Wednesday was that so many of the land owners had not lived to witness history being made. Almost four decades after lodging a claim for a huge tract of land on the Cox Peninsula, west of Darwin, surviving traditional owners joined with politicians to announce the terms for settlement… Source: Historic land rights settlement ‘too late’ for many traditional owners Read More »

Web app helps public transport users decide whether they should pay their myki fine

Public transport users in Victoria caught without a valid myki ticket can now turn to their phone for instant advice. A new mobile-friendly website, mykifines.org.au, helps users decide whether to pay an on-the-spot penalty fare when confronted by a ticket inspector… Source: Web app helps public transport users decide whether they should pay their myki fine – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Worldwide Executions Surge To Highest Levels In 25 Years: Report

The U.S. ranks fifth worldwide for annual executions. Worldwide use of the death penalty rose sharply last year, with 2015 tallying the highest number of executions in 25 years, according to a report released Tuesday by Amnesty International… Source: Worldwide Executions Surge To Highest Levels In 25 Years: Report Read More »

French Students Protest at Labor Law Changes Despite Not Being Employed

Fresh demonstrations take place today in Paris, Marseille, Lille, Nantes, Rennes, Strasbourg and many other towns and cities as students on their Easter break take to the streets in protest at proposed changes to labor reforms which are being debated in the French parliament Tuesday… Source: French Students Protest at Labor Law Changes Despite Not Being Employed Read More »

“Nuit debout” movement grows in France to push back against labor reforms

Protesters took to the street in more than 30 cities in France today, in ongoing demonstrations against proposed changes to the country’s labor laws. The growing protests have morphed into what many liken to the Occupy movement in the U.S. FSRN’s Raphaël Krafft reports from Paris. Download Audio “Night on our feet, Prime Minister Valls on his knees” demonstrators chant, referring to French Prime… Source: “Nuit debout” movement grows in France to push back against labor reforms – FSRN Read More »

Female chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages and sends girls back to school

‘ Theresa Kachindamoto, the senior chief in the Dedza District of Central Malawi, wields power over close to 900,000 people… and she’s not afraid to use her authority to help the women and girls in her district. In the past three years, she has annulled more than 850 child marriages, sent hundreds of young women back to school to continue their education, and made strides to abolish cleansing… Source: Female chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages and sends ... Read More »

Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan

The April 1 Metro article “A new community spirit” was right to highlight the controversy surrounding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s participation in the opening of the Diyanet Center of America. But there’s another point to be made. The freedom of religion enshrined in the U.S… Source: Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan – The Washington Post Read More »