Human Rights

Brisbane Grammar School won’t refund child sex abuse victims’ school fees

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Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of a notorious paedophile allowed to abuse students at one of Queensland’s most prestigious schools throughout the 1980s will not have their school fees repaid. Brisbane Times – Jorge Branco, Journalist Brisbane Grammar School announced on Friday afternoon it would not follow the lead of the Anglican Church in refunding fees. The Anglican Diocese of Brisbane announced its proactive fee refund policy in the wake of child sex abuse hearing royal commission hearings in ... Read More »

Dan Andrews: It wasn’t a political stunt, it was a moment of clarity

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Remove politics from kids being returned to Nauru and the answer becomes clear. The Age – Dan Andrews * A week ago, my wife Cath and I were at home celebrating our son Joseph’s ninth birthday. Another year of comfort and safety had passed him by, and another such year awaited him. Joe was no doubt focused on his birthday cake, but my mind was elsewhere. Sitting on the kitchen bench was a newspaper filled with stories of a hundred ... Read More »

Why women should support Sanders not Clinton

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OPINION The idea that having a woman in office will automatically make the lives of most US women better is wrong-headed. Source: Al Jazeera ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Catherine Rottenberg is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and has most recently edited Black Harlem and the Jewish Lower East: Narratives out of Time. Gloria Steinem’s now infamous comment about young women flocking to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders because “the boys are there” is only one aspect of the current ... Read More »

Sending kids to Nauru is a crime – ICC at the Hague notified of latest outrage

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The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has written again to the International Criminal Court to provide further material to support an investigation into the Australian Government for crimes against humanity in relation to asylum seekers. “I have written to the ICC Prosecutor to draw her attention to the Government’s intention to deport to Nauru 267 asylum seekers, including 30 babies, who were brought to Australia for medical treatment,” Mr Wilkie said. “We know that the Nauru Regional Processing Centre ... Read More »

Melbourne priest Paul Grasby moves to Malaysia to pursue ‘young Asian men’ while on paid leave

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EXCLUSIVE A Catholic priest stood down amid child sexual abuse allegations has moved to Malaysia, where he is using a gay dating website to seek the company of “young Asian men” while on paid leave. The Age – Nino Bucci, Crime reporter for The Age Father Peter Grasby, who is suspected of abusing boys from at least two Melbourne parishes during almost 40 years as a priest, also propositioned a former parishioner on a gay dating website, it can be revealed. Father Grasby, ... Read More »

Syrian government is ‘exterminating’ its population: UN

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Turkey steps up its involvement in Syria to help refugees Aleppo’s underground schools face burnout and bombardment Syria’s battle for Aleppo backed by Iranian proxies Geneva: Detainees held by the Syrian government are dying on a massive scale, amounting to a state policy of “extermination” of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators say. WAtoday – Stephanie Nebehay * The UN commission of inquiry on Monday called on the Security Council to impose “targeted sanctions” on Syrian officials ... Read More »

Turkish forces accused of ‘massacre’ over Cizre raid

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Conflicting reports about death toll and identities of victims in raid on building by Turkish security forces #TurkeyAtWar Middle East Eye – Alex MacDonald Scores of people are reported to have been killed in the southeastern Turkish town of Cizre following a raid by security services on a building allegedly harbouring Kurdish separatist fighters. State-run TRT reported late on Sunday that 60 “terrorists” had been “neutralised” following the raid on the building in the Cudi neighbourhood of Cizre. News sources in ... Read More »

Republican debate: ‘I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,’ says Donald Trump

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Trump booed, Rubio roughed up by rivals Awkward start to debate: candidates fail to respond to name call WASHINGTON: Seven years after the United States banned waterboarding as an interrogation tactic, two Republican presidential candidates say they would revive its use. The Sydney Morning Herald – Ginger Gibson * One of them, billionaire businessman Donald Trump, would go even further. “I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,” Trump said during Saturday night’s ... Read More »

Victoria will take the 267 asylum seekers, Daniel Andrews tells Malcolm Turnbull

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Andrews wrote to the prime minister urging him to take action and keep a group of Australian-born asylum seeker children and their families in Australia The Guardian – Ben Doherty @bendohertycorro The 267 asylum seekers whose removal to Nauru was cleared by a controversial high court ruling are welcome to stay in Victoria, the state’s premier Daniel Andrews has said. Andrews wrote to the Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday offering that the group – which includes 37 babies born in Australia to asylum ... Read More »

Kids In Aus Detention: Standard ‘At Risk’ Test Results Worse Than Any In Recorded History

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A standard global test for child development has delivered an incredible result. The children Australia holds in immigration detention are the most at risk ever given the assessment. Max Chalmers reports. New Matilda – Max Chalmers Tucked into the middle of the most recent report into the damage done by Australia’s immigration detention network is an astounding detail. When examined with a standard paediatric test that helps determine the likelihood of developmental problems, the children held in the Wickham Point detention ... Read More »

High Court ruling: Silence falls as Manus Island detainees’ hopes for justice are dashed

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A detainee in the offshore “prison” tells the inside story of frustration, fear and hopelessness. * The Age Video – ””” HIGH COURT UPHOLDS OFFSHORE DETENTION – Human rights advocate slams High Court ruling that leaves vulnerable asylum seekers in limbo, saying “legality is one thing. The morality is another.” ””” It’s Wednesday afternoon here in the Delta Prison, the compound where I am imprisoned in Australia’s detention camp on Manus Island. Dozens of refugees with ill-fitting clothes and plastic thongs are ... Read More »

French law forbids food waste by supermarkets

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Food banks and other charities welcome law making large shops donate unsold food and stop spoiling items to deter foragers The Guardian – Angelique Chrisafis in Paris France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks. Under a law passed unanimously by the French senate, as of Wednesday large shops will no longer bin good quality food approaching its best-before ... Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull Has Ducked The Greatest Moral Challenge Of His Political Life

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On 3 February 2016 the High Court of Australia dismissed an application which challenged the constitutional underpinnings of Australia’s offshore detention regime. The Huffington Post, Julian Burnside, Barrister, human rights activist, supporter of the arts * Offshore detention is a practice introduced by the Howard government in 2001 in response to the Tampa episode. The Norwegian cargo ship MV Tampa had rescued 438 people (mostly Afghan Hazaras) after their boat sank. It is startling to remember that, in the year to August ... Read More »

Why does international condemnation on human rights mean so little to Australia?

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Australia’s human rights record is increasingly subject to international critique alongside pariah states like Saudi Arabia and North Korea. On the face of it, this juxtaposition is easily rejected. But strong evidence backs the increasing weight of international sentiment opposing Australia’s record. The Conversation Author: Amy Maguire, Senior Lecturer in International Law, University of Newcastle Disclosure statement: Amy Maguire is a member of Amnesty International. Australia may already have pariah status in terms of its asylum policies. So why does its government – ... Read More »

Church’s lead on asylum seekers sanctuary a game changer

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Editorial The Federal Government’s Herodian stance on asylum seekers affected by a High Court decision which has cleared the way to banish almost 270 people, including 37 babies, to off-shore detention needs a serious rethink thanks to the Christian churches. The Canberra Times  By offering sanctuary the churches have set the Government on course for an international public relations disaster in the event it holds firm to the hard line taken to date. Will a government led by Malcolm Turnbull ... Read More »

Nauru: How long can we keep lying to ourselves?

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The history of asylum seeker policy in Australia will be remembered as a story of how successive governments legislated their lies to justify a world of make-believe borders and imaginary compliance. The Sydney Morning Herald – Waleed Aly, Columnist Video – CHURCH WILL LOCK DOORS TO PROTECT FAMILIES – ””” The Anglican Dean of Brisbane feels “so desperate” about the plight of asylum seekers facing deportation he is offering to protect them in the church and resist by closing the building.””” Wonderful idea, sovereignty. ... Read More »