Human rights

India Election Digest: April 18

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What you need to know on Friday about India’s elections: Voter turnout rose in most districts in the fifth phase of the elections compared with 2009, the Indian National Congress appears to be missing its youth unit, and voters at the world’s highest polling station remain optimistic that someday a politician will visit them. The fifth and largest phase of ... Read More »

Four Chinese rights lawyers allege torture by police

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Lawyers were investigating detention centre in Jiansanjiang when they say they were seized and beaten Tang Jitian recalls being taken into a room, his head covered in a black hood, and hearing the sound of a rope being pulled. The handcuffs behind him were jerked upward and soon he was dangling in the air. “I got hoisted with my head ... Read More »

UN representative says UK has ‘sexist culture’

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The UK has a “boys’ club sexist culture”, the UN’s spokeswoman on violence against women has said. Rashida Manjoo is on a visit to the UK, studying its approach to the issue. She described the over-sexualisation of females as “pervasive” and raised fears that sexual bullying and harassment in schools was routine. The Home Office said the government was committed ... Read More »

Jesus Lived in a Police State

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“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Those living through this present ... Read More »

Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave

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Father-of-two’s family told them about his situation while in departure lounge – and they took the only action they could A man facing deportation from Sweden has been granted a temporary reprieve after fellow passengers aboard his flight to Iran prevented it from taking off by refusing to fasten their seat belts. A Kurd fearing persecution in his home country ... Read More »

Syrian government blocking aid to millions of refugees

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I recently traveled to the Bab Al-Salam camp in northwestern Syria, so why couldn’t the aid trucks? My journey from the Turkish border to this makeshift site housing more than 16,000 displaced Syrians took only 10 minutes on foot. Yet, when I arrived at the camp, the absence of basic assistance couldn’t have been clearer. Children were playing in and ... Read More »

Race hate: voters tell Brandis to back off

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Greens surge in polls Support for the Greens is at a record high as support for the Abbott government eases. Voters have sent an unambiguous message to Tony Abbott and his Attorney General George Brandis: leave the race hate laws alone. The latest Fairfax-Nielsen poll specifically asked voters if they believe it should it be lawful or unlawful to “offend, ... Read More »

Racial vilification laws: new resources to help the public give feedback on changes

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The Human Rights Law Centre has released an Information Paper to help individuals and organisations give feedback to the Federal Government on the proposed changes to racial vilification laws. The paper provides an overview of the current law and the proposed changes and also summarises the HRLC’s views on the changes. “It’s disappointing that the government hasn’t put out an ... Read More »