Human Rights

Sinking of Mediterranean migrant boat mass murder, says UN rights chief

Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan, the UN high commissioner for human rights. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

“Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein says survivors’ accounts of incident in which 500 died point to ‘crime that must not go unpunished’ The UN’s new human rights chief has urged Egypt to join with European nations in hunting down the human traffickers who allegedly drowned up to 500 migrants in the Mediterranean by ramming their boat. He said the traffickers are likely guilty of “mass murder” and ... Read More »

Europe: National Courts Extend Reach of Justice

Protesters, with photos of victims killed in chemical attacks in Iraq, gather outside the district courthouse in The Hague on November 21, 2005, as the trial opens against Dutch businessman Frans van Anraat. The court convicted Van Anraat of complicity in war crimes for having supplied Saddam Hussein with chemicals that were used in attacks on the Kurds in the late 1980s, and sentenced him to 17 years in prison.
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More Governments Should Set up Specialized War Crimes Units. Governments wanting to limit impunity for the most serious international crimes should look to the examples of three European countries showing leadership in this area, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Specialized war crimes units composed of police, prosecutors, and immigration officials have the means to bring those ... Read More »

Disability and murder: victim blaming at its very worst

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When we hear that a murdered wife had a disability, we can find ourselves a little less horrified. But whichever way we dress it up, it remains a story of domestic violence, writes Stella Young. By now you’ll have heard the story of Geoff Hunt, the 44-year-old grain farmer who shot and killed his wife and three children before committing ... Read More »

What is it like to be a doctor in immigration detention centres?

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As a GP who worked on Nauru and Christmas Island, I’ve seen men with their lips sewn closed, women drinking from bottles of shampoo and children with weeping sores  Jump to comments I am often asked questions about my work as a general practitioner in the Christmas Island and Nauru immigration detention centres. Are the conditions as bad as they ... Read More »

Unpacking the Propaganda: Why Australia is Sending Troops to the Middle East


On Sunday Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that 400 air personnel and 200 military personnel from Australia’s armed forces would be going to the Middle East to assist in the fight against ISIL in Iraq. The Labor opposition party supports the decision.  In his speech and the press conference that followed, Abbott tried to describe both the war he would ... Read More »

Assassinations in the Amazon: how will Peru respond?

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Indigenous leaders killed near Brazil border following logging and land title battle  Jump to comments “Martyrs”, “true guardians of the Amazon”, “defenders of the rainforest. . .” These are just some of the terms used to describe four Peruvian indigenous leaders who were assassinated earlier this month, but “Dead Friends of the Earth”, a term used by NGO Global Witness for people ... Read More »

Domestic violence is never acceptable

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About a month ago I ranted about the horrifying actions of America’s mighty National Football League and their attitude about domestic abuse. This week it got a whole lot worse. Ray Rice was a running back for the Baltimore Ravens. He was suspended for the first two games of the new season for punching his fiancee unconscious in a casino ... Read More »

Yemen: A Failed State


Published on 10 Sep 2014 Subscribe to VICE News here: Since 2011, when Yemeni youths took to the streets and sparked the eventual demise of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime, the country has fallen to pieces. The new embattled government is now struggling to cope with a bevy of issues, including sectarian rivalries, CIA drone strikes, and one ... Read More »