Human Rights

Anniversary of SIEV X sinking a time for reflection

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The notebook is blue, the spine reinforced with tape. The covers are fraying at the edges. The pages list every person assisted by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre since June 2001, the month it was opened. The notebook is full. It contains 7579 names. Pick any name at random and Kon Karapanagiotidis,  chief executive and founder of the centre, knows ... Read More »

Cambodians launch fresh rally against Aussie refugee deal

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PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) — More than 100 human rights activists, youths and Buddhist monks marched on streets here on Friday in the latest round of protests against a refugee deal that Cambodia signed with Australia last month. Under the deal, Australia will send refugees, who intend to seek asylum in Australia, and are being held at an offshore detention camp ... Read More »

Chinese President Xi Jinping warns against ‘immoral’ art


Chinese President Xi Jinping has told artists, authors and actors that their work should present socialist values and not carry the “stench of money”. Mr Xi delivered a speech to some of China’s leading creative figures, according to state news agency Xinhua. He told them not to pursue commercial gain at the expense of artistic and moral value, Xinhua said. ... Read More »

Turkey Loses U.N. Security Council Seat in Huge Upset


In a tremendous upset, Turkey lost a contest in the United Nations General Assembly, exposing increasingly contentious frictions with some of its neighbors and world powers. Trying to become a nonpermanent member of the Security Council, Turkey lost out to Spain and New Zealand in a contest for two available seats reserved for a voting bloc called the Western European ... Read More »

Can George Clooney’s Wife Rescue the Elgin Marbles?


Greek heritage officials have pulled a PR ace from their sleeve in a bid to win one the longest running cultural disputes over the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles, currently on display in London’s British Museum, the Guardian reported. The Anglo-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin-Clooney finally traveled to Athens on Monday to advise the Greek government on the reclamation of its cultural ... Read More »

Courage and Hope


What the Nobel Peace Prize means to me. Today, I was honoured to learn I have been selected to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I am proud I am the first young person and first Pakistani to win this prize. It is an honour I share with Kailash Satyarthi — a hero in the fight for children globally. More than ever, our ... Read More »

Councils across England find thousands of children at risk

Dolls in an upper floor window of a house in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Ann Coffey MP said the figures demonstrated increasing vigilance by authorities More than 6,000 children across England have been reported as at risk of child sex abuse since the beginning of 2013, it has been claimed. Channel 4 News said it has seen data from 88 councils from across England which showed that over 18 months more than 6,300 children ... Read More »

Boko Haram: African leaders set to deploy coordinated military forces to fight terrorist group

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The leaders of African nations Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Benin have announced plans to step up the fight against Boko Haram with an additional battalion and a command centre to tackle the militants whose insurgency has spread beyond Nigeria. The four heads of state and a representative of Cameroon’s president said after meeting in Niger’s capital Niamey that a command ... Read More »

Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs: We want children out of detention

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Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs wants all children released from detention, including Nauru, saying Australia is responsible for the welfare of the children it is detaining. Comment: Keeping children in detention doesn’t stop people smugglers On Friday, a draft of the commission’s inquiry into children in detention was provided to the immigration department. The inquiry has heard from workers ... Read More »