Human Rights

UK prime minister David Cameron calls for end to female genital mutilation, child marriages

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British prime minister David Cameron wants female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriages to stop globally within a generation, starting with Britain. FGM – the partial or total removal of external female genitalia – is a tradition practised widely in many African and Muslim countries. It is often justified as a means of suppressing a woman’s sexual desire to prevent ... Read More »

High Court asylum case pits the executive against the judiciary

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The full bench of the High Court will hear the case of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers currently on an Australian customs vessel over two days, starting on August 5. But when the High Court issued an injunction to prevent the attempted return of the asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities earlier in July, it placed itself in a significant power struggle with ... Read More »

Malmstrom Visits New Migrant Centre

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Visiting European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom expressed satisfaction with the conditions of the new migrant reception centre, on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, on Monday (July 21). She also spoke to migrants being held there “about their fears and anxieties.” “I have come to Greece six times and we are working very hard with the Greek government to manage the great pressure from ... Read More »

Thai government urged to drop libel case against British slavery researcher

Thai prawns sold in UK supermarkets were exposed as coming from companies using slave labour. Photograph: Barbara Walton/EPA

ITF calls trial against human rights defender Andy Hall, who exposed alleged labour abuse, an ‘international embarrassment’ An international workers’ union has declared the Thai government to be “on trial” in an impending defamation case against a British human rights defender who exposed alleged modern-day slavery in its canned fruit and fishing industry. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has demanded that ... Read More »

Scott Morrison, the minister of truth

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Scott Morrison’s abuse of language ties the asylum-seeker debate in Orwellian knots. In 1988, the British journalist Christopher Hitchens went to Prague. He had one aim: to be the first visiting writer not to mention Franz Kafka. Then he was arrested. When he asked why he was being detained, he was told he didn’t need to know. His story ended ... Read More »

The Real Agendas of Israel: More Death, More Destruction

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Israel’s real agenda in Gaza is not to find peace, but to further impoverish and oppress the Palestinian people, writes Samah Sabawi. What drives Israel’s war on Gaza? It is not the need to weaken Hamas nor to stop the rockets. Both goals were almost achieved back in April. On the 23rd of April, Hamas was in its worst strategic ... Read More »

Mass surveillance ‘dangerous habit’, says UN rights body

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Too many governments are “rubber-stamping” mass surveillance programmes, the UN human rights watchdog warns. In a report, the UN body said more needed to be done to ensure that surveillance was balanced against its harm to personal privacy. It added that mass retention of data to aid surveillance was “neither necessary nor proportionate”. The report comes as the UK passes ... Read More »

Dink’s murder ‘not probed efficiently’: Turkey’s top court

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Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was not efficiently probed and the rights of his family were therefore violated. The unanimous verdict came after an individual application to the Court from Hrant Dink’s family, Anadolu Agency reported. The family had applied to the court on the grounds that they had not been adequately informed about the ... Read More »