Human Rights

Triggs returns to defend human rights role

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HUMAN Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs will return to the Senate estimates witness stand on Friday. Herald Sun PAUL OSBORNE, AAP SENIOR POLITICAL WRITER AAP PROFESSOR Triggs, Attorney-General George Brandis and senior officials of his department were grilled for almost six hours last month over her report into children in immigration detention and whether she’d been asked to resign. The ... Read More »

Aboriginal legal services call on Federal Government to reverse funding cuts

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Aboriginal legal services that help some of Australia’s most vulnerable people – including a huge number of family violence clients – are facing deep cuts in this year’s federal budget. The Age – Miki Perkins and Jane Lee The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service is bracing for a $500,000-plus funding cut as part of wide-ranging, national cost cutting to indigenous legal assistance ... Read More »

Turkish cartoonists sentenced to jail for insulting Erdoğan

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Two cartoonists for the popular satirical weekly Penguen have been jailed to 11 months in prison, over a satirical piece on free speech in which they were convicted of including a hidden gesture “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Ayşegül Usta – ISTANBUL – Hurriyet Cartoonists Bahadır Baruter and Özer Aydoğan were sued for the Aug. 21, 2014, cover of ... Read More »

New Senate inquiry to probe sexual abuse in Nauru detention centre

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Rapes, sexual assault, drugs for favours: review finds The full Moss Review report Analysis: Taking out the trash but too clever by half Someone owes someone an apology The Senate is set to launch an inquiry into abuse of women and children inside the Nauru detention centre after an independent report detailed allegations of rape, sexual assaults and intimidation. The ... Read More »

Australia has an obligation to stop human rights abuses by Iraq

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, has told states that are supporting parties to the conflict between Iraqi security forces (ISF) and Islamic State (IS) that international law obliges them to take action on human rights abuses by the ISF and its associated Shi’a militia. The Conversation – Kevin Boreham Zeid released a report detailing gross ... Read More »

Refugee lawyer’s Clooney call

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One of the nation’s senior barristers, Julian Burnside, has started a campaign to convince the International Criminal Court to investigate Prime Minister Tony Abbott and former immigration minister Scott Morrison for crimes against humanity committed on refugees in offshore detention centres. Helen Shield Mr Burnside, a Melbourne QC, told a Perth audience at the weekend he was trying to recruit ... Read More »

Chile’s Bishop Juan Barros, linked to sex abuse priest, faces Catholic fury

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Santiago: Black balloons in hand, hundreds of Catholics gathered at a church in the small Chilean city of Osorno to protest against the appointment of Bishop Juan Barros, accused of protecting one of the nation’s most notorious paedophiles. Anthony Esposito The appointment has sparked outrage from many parishioners and puts into question Pope Francis’ promise to rid the church of ... Read More »

World Vision and other aid agencies reject Australia’s refugee deal with Cambodia

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International aid agencies based in Cambodia have rejected the Abbott government’s resettlement deal, saying it  is not appropriate for a country that has been accused of human rights abuses and has no refugee resettlement experience. The Sydney Morning Herald - Sarah Whyte * Fairfax Media understands immigration officials Greg Kelly and Pilar Davidson, based in the Australian embassy, visited a number ... Read More »

Fraser didn’t move left, the party moved right

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Vale Malcolm Fraser, I didn’t know him well. Who did, really, outside his family? But if I may one brief personal reminiscence, it is of the last time I saw him to speak to for more than a few minutes, about a decade ago when I spoke at the opening dinner of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. The Sydney Morning ... Read More »