Human Rights

Abortion on demand the legal outcome of repeal of Eighth Amendment

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Simply removing protection for the unborn opens the way to unlimited abortion Gerry White Just as one cannot step into the same river twice, a simple repeal of the Eighth Amendment will not take us back to the constitutional position… Source: Abortion on demand the legal outcome of repeal of Eighth Amendment 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 »

Chinese rights lawyer jailed for 12 years

A Chinese court has sentenced defense lawyer Xia Lin to 12 years in prison, his attorney said Sept. 22, the latest blow in a broad crackdown on human rights defenders and activists. BEIJING Xia is best known for his work defending artist Ai Weiwei and fellow rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who was detained after a private seminar discussing the… Source: Chinese rights lawyer jailed for 12 years – ASIA Read More »

Educate refugee children or lose them forever

Children forced to flee their homes also end up missing out on schooling. by Bassam Khawaja As world leaders gather for US President Barack Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on September 20, they should urgently address how to get the… Source: Educate refugee children or lose them forever – Al Jazeera English Read More »

A special gift from UK to Nigeria: promoting human rights or secrecy?

At Lagos Airport, Nigerians deported from Britain are processed out of sight in a ‘reception centre’ given by Britain. LOTTE LEWIS SMITH and ‘MARK UMUNNA’ One July day the British High Commissioner to Nigeria met with the country’s minister of interior to express “delight” at a special gift from one friendly country to another. The gift, hidden away behind a locked fence in the cargo section of Lagos’s Murtala Mohammed International Airport, is a… Source: A special gift from UK to ... Read More »

Lebanon Needs Help to Cope With Huge Refugee Influx

Lebanon hosts some 1.5 million Syrian refugees, more refugees per capita than anywhere in the world. International support is needed to keep this fragile country from reaching the breaking point… Source: Lebanon Needs Help to Cope With Huge Refugee Influx | International Crisis Group Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull tells world leaders to follow Australia’s asylum policies

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Speaking at UN summit, the prime minister says security of national borders must come first if the public is to accept large migration flows Ben Doherty Malcolm Turnbull has told world leaders at the UN that Australia’s uncompromising border protection regime should be a model for other countries, and… Source: Malcolm Turnbull tells world leaders to follow Australia’s asylum policies | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis?

A record 65 million people have been displaced from their homes, mostly by war. Half are children. Crisis Group looks at the UN’s list of the top ten countries driving the exodus to explain what’s happened… Source: What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis? | International Crisis Group Read More »

Pathways to Protection: A human rights-based response to the flight of asylum seekers by sea

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President’s introduction Australia’s policy of sending asylum seekers and refugees to Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island for processing of their claims has been one of the most contentious aspects of Australia’s migration policies. Introduced in 2012, third country processing has been a key plank of successive Australian governments to deter asylum seekers from travelling to Australia by… Source: Pathways to Protection: A human rights-based response to the flight of asylum seekers by sea | Australian Human Rights Commission Read More »

Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island

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Labor’s push for inquiry passes Senate with backing of Derryn Hinch, Jacqui Lambie and the Nick Xenophon Team Paul Farrell Australia’s parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers held in Australia’s care on Nauru and… Source: Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Australian cyber sex trafficking ‘most dark and evil crime we are seeing’

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is warning of an alarming trend where Australians are directing the sexual abuse of children living overseas using live streaming services like Skype. By Michael Atkin and Nikki Tugwell The abusers are grooming people, usually in developing countries like the Philippines, to procure children and paying to instruct sexual abuse which is broadcast over the… Source: Australian cyber sex trafficking ‘most dark and evil crime we are seeing’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Uncovering the Truth about a West Bank Palestinian Refugee Camp

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees claims that its mission ishumanitarian, apolitical, and dedicated to non-violence. Yet UNRWA’s critics claim otherwise, citing evidence of resistance to resettling refugees from the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, a conflict which resulted in an unprecedented legal claim to the… Source: Uncovering the Truth about a West Bank Palestinian Refugee Camp :: Middle East Forum Read More »

‘Legislative slut-shaming’: How the German ‘Cuckoo Kids’ Law’ punishes women

Opinion By Jo Fox Relationships can be messy. Messy going in and messy going out. Sometimes children get caught up in the mess, but generally policy makers and the courts try to shield them from any fallout in relationship breakdown by putting their interests first. This inevitably means moving away from the courts. However, in legislative slut-shaming not seen since Hester Prynne was… Source: ‘Legislative slut-shaming’: How the German ‘Cuckoo Kids’ Law’ punishes women – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim wants to see Tasmania do more for asylum seekers

NEW Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim wants to see Tasmania’s refugee intake increase during his time serving in the role. MATT MALONEY Senator McKim on Thursday was given the key party portfolio in a post-election reshuffle by leader Richard Di Natale who said he wanted to reinvigorate his team… Source: Up refugee intake: McKim | The Advocate  Read More »

“Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls for a new way of seeing the global migrant crisis

The Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called on attendees of the United Nation’s World Humanitarian day last week to rethink the refugee crisis. Lily Kuo “Nobody is ever just a refugee,” said the novelist and non-fiction writer, delivering the keynote address at the event in New York. “Nobody is ever just a single thing. And yet, in the… Source: “Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls for a new way of seeing the global migrant ... Read More »

No Compromise: Refugee Turnbacks Are Immoral And Illegal

Eminent Australians have called for compromise from activists on the turnback of refugee boats. It’s never going to happen, writes Mark Goudkamp, Sadie Grant Butler and Nick Riemer. The scale of the response to the Guardian’s revelations of abuse on Nauru should reasonably spell the… Source: No Compromise: Refugee Turnbacks Are Immoral And Illegal – New Matilda Read More »