Civil Rights

2017 World Press Freedom Index – tipping point

Press Freedom Index 2017 1a LLLL

Analyses – The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies. Читать по-русски / Read in Russian I. Democracies falling, advent of strongmen RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a 2017 World Press… Read More »

Artist is Creating a Parthenon Made of 100,000 Banned Books: A Monument to Democracy & Intellectual Freedom

Aupen 1a

With the rise of Far Right candidates in Europe and in America, along with creeping dictatorship in Turkey and authoritarianism in the Philippines, the idea of democracy and freedom of speech feels under threat more than… Open Culture While we don’t talk about political solutions here on Open Culture, we do believe in the power of art to… Argentine artist Marta Minujín is creating a large-scale artwork called The Parthenon of Books that… Artist is Creating… Read More »

Saudi Arabia sentences an atheist to death for uploading a video renouncing Islam and the Prophet Mohammed

Kuku 2b

Saudi Arabia has sentenced an atheist to death for uploading a video in which he renounced Islam and the Prophet… GARETH DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE DailyMail The man has been identified locally as Ahmad Al Shamri who is in his 20s and from the town of Hafar al… Saudi authorities first picked him up in 2014 after he uploaded the video showing men and women dancing which led to him being charged with atheism and… Saudi Arabia sentences… Read More »

Doctors will have right to refuse assisted death requests under planned reforms

Taum 2b

Doctors will have the right to refuse to help terminally ill patients who wish to die provided they don’t obstruct people from seeking… Farrah Tomazin The Age In a high-level report to be considered by cabinet, an expert panel is set to recommend allowing doctors to hold a “conscientious… But medical clinicians who are willing to help patients end their life may be… Doctors will have… Read More »

Why do you need a digital identity?

Jur 2b

In the 21st century it’s not the GDP that determines a country’s success, but the laws and policies driving its… ABC Estonia is a digital pioneer offering e-identity and e-citizenships as well as a whole range of the digitalised government, education and public… Toomas Ilves, the former president of Estonia, explains why the country went all digital and how you can do it… Why do you… Read More »

Thai king endorses new constitution, 20th since 1932

Vuse 1a

Critics say the charter is undemocratic and will allow the military to keep its grip on power even after… Al Jazeera Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn endorsed the country’s new constitution on Thursday, an essential step towards holding an election to restore democracy after the… The constitution is the nation’s 20th since the absolute monarchy was abolished in 1932, but critics say it will still give the… Thai king endorses… Read More »

Recognising Aboriginal Australia is still in the too-hard basket

Tena 1a

Julia Gillard started it, Tony Abbott vowed to “sweat blood” to finish it, and Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are committed to it, but the task in question is proving more daunting than… Michael Gordon Brisbane Times More than six years after Australia began a process to finally recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution, there is a very real prospect that… Recognising Aboriginal Australia… Read More »

You can’t compromise on civil rights. But North Carolina just did.

North Carolina

At a local coffeehouse in this small town Thursday morning, most patrons’ minds were on House Bill 2 — the state’s infamous “bathroom bill” that prevents transgender people from using the… Steven Petrow The Washington Post An important deadline was about to expire: The NCAA had threatened to remove all championship basketball games from the state through 2022 if H.B. 2 was not repealed by Thursday. Because the political… You can’t compromise… Read More »

Gun culture is more dangerous than any gunman

Gun culture - Brisbane

The recent furore over the importation of powerful pump action shotguns might have been couched in terms of liberty, but there is a dark side just beneath the surface. Bill O’Chee Brisbane Times That dark side is revealed in some of the conspiracy laden gun magazines now entering the country from the United States. If the one… Gun culture is… Read More »

A One Nation senator claims race-hate speech laws stop ‘decent’ people speaking out against Muslim criminals.

Under 2b

Malcolm Roberts says Australian Islamists are the real beneficiaries of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, comparing restrictions on race-hate speech to “Stalinist… SBS Source: AAP “If your Muslim Sudanese neighbour is engaging in female genital mutilation or your Syrian Muslim cafe owner is a terrorist building a bomb or… A One Nation… Read More »

Access to justice is no longer a worker’s right, but a luxury

Law - The Guardian

Fees have put employment tribunals out of reach for many. The supreme court must restore the balance Aditya Chakrabortty The Guardian Laws that cost too much to enforce are phoney laws. A civil right… Access to justice… Read More »

Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack

Zehra Doğan 1a Voice Project LLLL

Doğan has been given a sentence of 2 years and 10 months by a Turkish court. Perwana Nazif, ArtNet The Turkish-Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan has been sentenced to 2 years, nine months, and 22 days in prison for creating a painting which depicted the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the… Turkish Artist Zehra… Read More »

Australia moves to weaken hate speech laws

Free speech - Asia Times

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to water down language in discrimination law sparks debate on freedom versus tolerance John Power Asia Times A push by the Australian government to water down controversial hate speech laws has highlighted tensions between freedom of speech and racial harmony in one of the Asia-Pacific’s most multicultural nations. Prime Minister Malcolm… Australia moves to… Read More »

Top class! Free speech is a fundamental right … but only for the ruling Right

Free speech - ia

Any debate about free speech in our society is really about free speech for the ruling class. John Passant Independent Australia Capitalism is built and maintained on the denial of free speech to the working class, among other things. US citizen Rupert… Top class! Free… Read More »

When the ‘interests of the common good’ no longer apply

Ireland - Irish Examiner

An Bord Pleanála has a duty to the Irish people that it is not living up to with regards to Indaver’s plans for Cork Harbour, writes Linda Fitzpatrick Linda Fitzpatrick Irish Examiner THE Constitution, in the section outlining the fundamental rights of every citizen in Ireland, says that the courts, and all other bodies or persons making decisions that affect you, must treat you fairly. As a community… When the ‘interests… Read More »

The tax I pay should be for peace, not war

Peace not war - The Guardian

I have the right not to kill during military conflict. Mark Rylance The Guardian So why am I forced to pay for others to do so on my behalf? A young man… The tax I… Read More »