Civil Rights

Assange interrogation postponed: Ecuador prosecutors

The interrogation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on a Swedish rape accusation has been postponed by a month at his request, Ecuadoran prosecutors said Oct. 12. QUITO – Agence France-Presse The questioning, initially scheduled for Oct. 17, will now take place on Nov. 14 at 10:00 a.m. at Ecuador’s embassy in London, where… Assange interrogation postponed… Read More »

EU ‘very concerned’ over Hungary newspaper suspension

The EU said Oct. 10 it is “very concerned” after Hungary’s main opposition newspaper halted publication, sparking fears of a clampdown on press freedom by the right-wing government. BRUSSELS – Agence France-Presse Left-leaning Nepszabadsag newspaper is to be sold, its editor said on Oct. 9, and while the… EU ‘very concerned’ over… Read More »

Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity

China’s governing Communist Party is set to launch a nationwide crackdown on Christianity. Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Correspondents Report By China correspondent Matthew Carney Correspondent Matthew Carney travels through the country and speaks to churchgoers who are worried they could soon be arrested. The Communist Party has just enacted much tougher… Chinese Communist Party readies… Read More »

Polish parliament rejects near-total abortion ban after protests

Following protests by tens of thousands of women, Polish lawmakers on Oct. 6 rejected plans for a near-total ban on abortion, in a hastily arranged vote that marks the first major domestic setback for the conservative government. WARSAW – Reuters The ruling Law and Justice party (PIS) unexpectedly withdrew its support for draft… Polish parliament rejects near-total… Read More »

Bulgaria parliament bans full-face veils in public

Under the law, the garment will be banned in public institutions, schools, areas of administrative and public services. Bulgaria’s parliament has approved a nationwide law banning the wearing of face-covering veils from most public places. Source: Bulgaria parliament bans full-face veils in public – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

The Dying Art Of Judgement: How To Follow The Rules Without Even Really Trying

Bad things happen when good people stay silent, and when politicians and public servants put process before outcome, writes Rajan Venkataraman. By Rajan Venkataraman In November 2014, the Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop, chartered a helicopter at public expense to take her to a… The Dying Art Of Judgement: How To Follow The Rules Without Even Really Trying… Read More »

Oxfam report notes WA native title woes

Native title rights are being undermined in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, a global Oxfam report says. Rebecca Gredley, Australian Associated Press The report refers to state government policies and actions including the controversial proposed closure of remote WA indigenous communities, the… Source: Oxfam report notes WA native title woes | The Mercury Read More »

Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying

Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Christians for having a service in their home to mark the festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, according to news reports. Ruth Gledhill  The deportation was carried out because the Christians’ prayers were “unIslamic”, according to EWTN. The women, some of whom had children with them, argued… Source: Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Christian convert from Islam sent back to prison in Iran

A Christian convert from Islam in Iran has been sent back to prison in spite of suffering long-term health issues. Ruth Gledhill  Maryam Naghash Zargaran, who has gone on hunger strike twice while in prison, had been released last month to get medical treatement after serving three years of a… Source: Christian convert from Islam sent back to prison in Iran | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

‘Edward Snowden did this country a great service. Let him come home’

Bernie Sanders, Daniel Ellsberg, former members of the NSA and more weigh in on whether Obama should grant clemency to the divisive whistleblower Ed Pilkington Bernie Sanders leads a chorus of prominent public figures calling for clemency, a plea agreement or, in several cases, a full pardon for the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden… Source: ‘Edward Snowden did this country a great service. Let him come home’ | US news | The Guardian Read More »