Human Rights

Key of Sea

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The Wheeler Centre, 6:15PM – 7:15PM, Wednesday 01 October 2014 Join us for an emotional night of storytelling and song. The Key of Sea produces creative projects – albums and journals – that celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. The albums pair established artists with musicians escaping war, hardship or persecution. In this intimate evening, we’ll hear from Danny Katz, Oslo Davis, ... Read More »

200 Turkish intellectuals call for help to Kobane

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Two hundred Turkish academics, writers and civil society activists issued a statement on Sept. 27, calling on the Turkish people as well as all international organizations, especially the United Nations, to take a strong position in defense of Kobane, which has been under siege of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. The statement is as follows: ... Read More »

Ai Weiwei explores human rights and freedom of expression in exhibition at Alcatraz


SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Featuring seven new sculpture, sound, and mixed-media works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz explores human rights and freedom of expression in the context of this iconic historic site. Installed across four locations on Alcatraz and on view from September 27, 2014, through April 26, 2015, the exhibition is inspired by the island’s ... Read More »

Islamic State executes female human rights lawyer by firing squad after Facebook post

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BAGHDAD — A female human rights lawyer in the northern city of Mosul was executed by firing squad at the orders of Islamic State extremists, activists said Thursday, sparking international outrage. But she was not the first to suffer such a fate in a city where the militants’ rule is increasingly oppressive — especially for women. Samira al-Nuaimy, known locally for ... Read More »

The rule of law needs reaffirmation

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Over the next year the United Nations will discuss and adopt an agenda for global development for 2015 – 2030. It will set out the aims countries should strive to achieve in order to secure economic, social and environmental development. One of the most contentious points of debate – and one of the most important – will be what role ... Read More »

Free speech under threat: a case study in double standards

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What would you think if police were to arrest a person who was peacefully standing on a public footpath in Australia while holding a sign quoting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Well, it did happen, back in March of this year. Probably you heard all about it because of the great outcry raised by the guardians of civil liberties ... Read More »

Human rights groups describe Cambodia asylum seeker deal as shameful


Human rights groups have described a deal to send asylum seekers from Australia’s offshore detention centres to Cambodia as shameful. Cambodia’s foreign affairs ministry said it would sign a memorandum of understanding with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to take asylum seekers from Nauru. The minister has not confirmed the deal but is travelling to Phnom Penh on Friday. The president ... Read More »

China exporting torture tools including spiked and stun batons to rights violators: Amnesty International

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The number of Chinese companies exporting “tools of torture” has surged over the past decade, human rights group Amnesty International says, with many devices falling into the hands of rights violators worldwide. More than 130 Chinese firms now produce electric shock stun batons, spiked batons, weighted leg cuffs and other “potentially dangerous law enforcement equipment”, up from 28 in 2003, ... Read More »

South Sudan’s Boy Soldiers Swap Schoolbooks for Kalashnikovs

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Bol Olor Ding, 14, left, and Kamis Ngor Ajack, 15, joined South Sudan’s army as... Read More

Nine months ago Bol Olor Ding and his friend Kamis Ngor Ajack were in school studying math and science. Now, at the ages of 14 and 15, they’re veterans of the civil war in South Sudan that’s created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. After fighting forced their schools to close, the two boys exchanged their classrooms for the battlefield and ... Read More »