Human rights

Nauru guards accused of assaulting children in detention camp

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Exclusive: Charity worker’s letter says guard hit girl so hard on head that she fell to the ground Security guards at the family camp on Nauru have been accused of verbally and physically abusing child asylum seekers in a letter of concern from staff at the centre. The letter by a Save the Children Australia worker to the charity’s Nauru ... Read More »

Australia unmoved by UN criticism of asylum seeker policy amid accusations of fresh abuses

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Australia’s immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations’ criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centers in Papua New Guinea. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison hit back after the regional representative for UN refugee agency UNHCR said that Australia’s policy of sending asylum seekers to third countries for lengthy detention ... Read More »

Asylum seeker boat turn-back questions going unanswered by Government, says UNHCR

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The United Nations refugee agency has asked Australia to prove it is not breaching the Refugee Convention with its policy of turning back asylum seeker boats. Speaking in Jakarta, the UNHCR’s regional representative says the Australian Government has not responded to the UN’s concerns about the policies. The request for information was made in January. UNHCR regional representative James Lynch ... Read More »

More than 14,000 children missing in 5 years in Turkey: Report

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Over 14,000 children have gone missing in the past five years alone in Turkey, the Gendarmerie General Command has said, noting that many children are kidnapped for their organs, labor or fighting potential. In the past five years, 14,412 children have gone missing across Turkey, 13,528 of whom were found, Gendarmerie General Command Action head Gen. Arif Çetin told a ... Read More »

Nauru breaching international law, says UN

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Nauru is breaching its international obligations by failing to establish an independent body to investigate torture and human rights abuses in the detention centre. The Nauruan government has also refused access to several United Nations groups wanting to inspect the centre. Questions have been raised about Australia’s “disintergrating” relationship with the small island nation, which houses 1179 asylum seekers, and whether ... Read More »

Indonesia makes veiled criticism of Tony Abbott as Marty Natalegawa emphasises human rights of asylum seekers

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The Indonesian Foreign Minister has again made a series of implied criticisms of Australia’s asylum seeker policies, saying the problem “defies national solutions” and any policy should protect the human rights of smuggling victims. Without specifically mentioning the Abbott government’s boat turn-back policy, Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Monday that “shared responsibility, not shifting of responsibility,” was the way forward. ... Read More »

A 12-Year-Old’s Trek of Despair Ends in a Noose at the Border

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Noemi Álvarez Quillay’s death in Mexico was ruled a suicide. Credit José Luis Llivisaca Noemi Álvarez Quillay took the first steps of the 6,500-mile journey to New York City from the southern highlands of Ecuador on Tuesday, Feb. 4, after darkness fell. A bashful, studious girl, Noemi walked 10 minutes across dirt roads that cut through corn and potato fields, reaching the ... Read More »

The power of parody in eastern Ukraine

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The tired looking young men in t-shirts and combat fatigues manning the barricades in Slovyansk say they are not going anywhere. Yesterday the agreement thrashed out in Geneva between the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine said that all unauthorised roadblocks and occupied municipal buildings should be cleared. But they’re not obeying those orders in eastern Ukraine. “The government in ... Read More »