Human Rights

Tony Abbott commits to free vote on euthanasia

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised a dying man that he will allow Liberal Party members to vote with their conscience on a euthanasia bill being developed by a Greens senator. The Age – Kate Hagan Peter Short, 57, said receiving the commitment during a half-hour phone conversation with the Prime Minister on Friday was like reaching “the top of a ... Read More »

Mosque’s land in Istanbul to return to Greek-origin citizen

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A precious plot on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, where a mosque is now located, has been returned to the 92-year-old sole heir of former Fener Greek Patriarch Maximus V, daily Milliyet reported on Dec. 18. Hurriyet Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals approved the decision to return the area, located in the Kadıköy district near the shores of the Marmara Sea, to ... Read More »

Child soldier recruitment soars in Central African Republic: Save the Children

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A new report by aid agency Save the Children estimates there are as many as 10,000 active child soldiers fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) – a four fold increase since a violent civil war broke out two years ago. ABC – Africa Correspondent Martin Cuddihy Recruitment there started when violence broke out in 2012 between majority Christian and Muslim ... Read More »

International Migrants Day

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“On International Migrants Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to shape diverse and open societies that provide opportunities and lives of dignity for all migrants.” UN Ban Ki-moon Message for International Migrants Day, 18 December 2014 On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world,proclaimed 18 December as International ... Read More »

New Documents Show the US Called Waterboarding Torture During World War II

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When Japanese soldiers did it to GIs, the United States prosecuted them for war crimes. Mother Jones – Luke Whelan * Decades before it started waterboarding terrorism suspects, the US government had dramatically different standards for what it considered torture, particularly when it was being done to our soldiers in World War II. Recently released documents detail how the the United States ... Read More »

Judge throws out teen’s murder conviction 70 years after his execution

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When George Stinney Jr. was executed for the killings of two white girls in 1944, he was so small that the straps of South Carolina’s electric chairdidn’t fit him properly, and he had to sit on a book for his electrocution. The Washington Post – Sarah Larimer * Stinney was just 14 years old at the time and became the youngest person ... Read More »

Three arrested after raid on ‘slave’ factory in Rochdale

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Police say 20 eastern Europeans were being paid £25 for working an 80-hour week at site in Greater Manchester Press Association – The Guardian Three suspected slave masters are under arrest after a raid on a factory rescued 20 eastern Europeans working 80-hour weeks for £25 pay. The raid on the premises in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, came during an ongoing ... Read More »

Philip Ruddock: Psychological problems part of humanitarian refugee intake

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Former immigration minister Philip Ruddock has said that traumatised refugees with psychological problems are part of any humanitarian refugee program, as attention focused on the background of Man Haron Monis. The Age – David Wroe, National security correspondent Monis, who carried out the Sydney siege that left him and two hostages dead, fled his native Iran and arrived in Australia seeking asylum ... Read More »

UN: Tens of thousands dead in S Sudan war

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Security Council says feuding leaders “personal ambitions” fomented crisis, as nation marks one year since start of war. Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan during one year of war and the country’s leaders are putting their “personal ambitions” ahead of the young nation’s future, the UN secretary-general has said. Ban Ki-moon called on the country’s leaders to agree ... Read More »