Human Rights

Crying Greek pensioner: the story behind the poignant photo

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Yahoo - Thessaloniki (Greece) (AFP) – Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis had queued up at three banks in Greece’s second city of Thessaloniki on Friday in the hope of withdrawing a pension on behalf of his wife, but all in vain. When he was told at the fourth that he could not withdraw his 120 euros ($133), it was all too much ... Read More »

Cancer patient becomes Colombia’s first legal euthanasia case

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A 79-year old Colombian man has become the first person in the country to die legally by euthanasia. BBC – Ovidio Gonzalez was suffering from terminal throat cancer and said he had been suffering unbearable pain. Colombia’s Catholic Church has said euthanasia is morally unacceptable and it has threatened to close its hospitals across the country. Colombia is one of ... Read More »

French soldiers accused of paedophilia in custody in France

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Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso returned home on July 2 and were taken into custody, said a legal source. Hurriyet – PARIS – Agence France-Presse The men, accused of sexually assaulting two girls aged three and five at a hotel swimming pool, were repatriated after being questioned by French and Burkinabe military ... Read More »

Nauru must be held to account for its human rights abuses

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Australia’s asylum seeker detention centre on Nauru is clearly the driver of the relations between the two countries. But we can’t afford to be silent about Nauru’s recent human rights abuses, writes Giff Johnson. TheDRUM - By Giff Johnson Nauru has been in the international media spotlight in recent times over bribery allegations; deportations of judges, a police commissioner and others; ... Read More »

It’s the principle that stops refugees from facing harm. So why is it absent from Labor’s platform?

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Shorten hardens language on asylum seekers But it is still unclear whether a Labor government would order boats to be turned back.  Video The Sydney Morning Herald - James Massola, Political correspondent Labor edges towards adopting Coalition policy Deaths and injuries at immigration detention centres revealed Analysis: Labor’s draft policy avoids the hard calls Comment: Boats policy sinks to new ... Read More »

Boat turn-back payment to people smugglers the first of its kind

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The recent payment of thousands of dollars to people smugglers to return to Indonesia was the first time that such a transaction has been made specifically for a turn-back, Fairfax Media has learnt. The Sydney Morning Herald – Sarah Whyte, David Wroe and Jewel Topsfield It is understood that while payments have been made in the past for other reasons involving disrupting ... Read More »

Deutsche Welle’s Bobs award honors online activists

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Raif Badawi, a 31-year-old Saudi blogger and the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and flogged in public 50 times simply for blogging about free speech. Sevil Erkuş – BONN Hurriyet He has 950 more lashes, which have been postponed due to Badawi’s poor health. The Saudi blogger was arrested in June ... Read More »

Andrew Wilkie Blasts The Liberal And Labor Parties, Calls Australia’s Refugee Policy “A Crime Against Humanity”

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Last night the government, with the support of the Opposition, rushed a bill through Parliament’s House of Representatives specifically designed to fend off an impending High Court challenge that could have ruled Australia’s offshore processing regime illegal. Junkee – By Alex McKinnon, The Human Rights Law Centre is challenging offshore processing in court on the basis that Australia doesn’t have the ... Read More »

North Korea Warns South Of ‘Catastrophic Consequences’ After UN Human Rights Office Opens In Seoul

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North Korean officials said Thursday that they’d “reached a point of no return” in their relationship with South Korea. International Business Times – By Julia Glum @superjulia                    The comment, made in a statement by North Korea’s Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, came after South Korea opened a United Nations human rights office in Seoul to track what ... Read More »