Human Rights

Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to break gender inequality

epaselect epa05345055 Women lie as victims during a rally against gender violence under the slogan 'Not one less - who touches one touches them all' in Montevideo, Uruguay, 03 June 2016. Many social organizations participated in the march defending the rights of women against gender violence and promoting gender equality. Protesters denounced also the lack of equality between men and women in many fields, such as the labor one.  EPA/JAVIER ROIBAS VEIGA

Excusing and perpetuating gender stereotypes, discrimination and enforcing gender roles all contribute to valuing women and girls less than men, writes Sarah Robinson. SBS Sarah Robinson I’ve always been a ‘strong woman’, passionate about equality and justice, unafraid to speak my mind. Sure, being yelled at by passing cars as I… Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to… Read More »

Children in detention have rights: keeping them in isolation compounds their problems

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Earlier this year I visited the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin, along with a number of other centres where children are detained across the country. SMH Megan Mitchell The purpose of the visits was to see how young people were being treated and how their rights were being protected. I toured the facilities and spoke to just under… Children in detention have rights: keeping them in… Read More »

Iranian women demand inclusion in Rouhani’s cabinet

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The resignations of three cabinet ministers in October had raised hope among many women’s rights activists in Iran that President Hassan Rouhani would nominate at least one woman to one of the vacant positions. Al-Monitor Zahra Alipour While Rouhani pledged to incorporate more women into his government during his… Iranian women demand… Read More »

Children’s rights report 2016

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I am pleased to present my fourth annual Children’s Rights Report as the National Children’s Commissioner. Australian Policy Online This report details how I have fulfilled my statutory functions, outlined in Section 46MB of the Australia Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) (the Act) during the 2015-16 period. During the course of my term, I have continued to… Children’s rights report… Read More »

Seeing Ms Dhu footage: how photographs can argue for human rights

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In revealing what Ms Dhu suffered in a Western Australian police cell, her family hope the graphic proof will arouse public opinion The Guardian Jane Lydon and Donna Oxenham Ms Dhu was a 22-year-old Yamatji woman who died in custody in the South Hedland police station in August 2014. Arrested for unpaid fines, she was already suffering from… Seeing Ms Dhu footage: how photographs can… Read More »

Canadian military to get guidelines on dealing with child soldiers

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Excerpts of the new guidelines say the “aim is to provide the interim guidance required to address and mitigate the broad challenges posed by the presence of child soldiers in areas where we may undertake missions.” The Star By Tonda MacCharles, Ottawa Bureau reporter OTTAWA—Canada’s top soldier is issuing the first-ever guidelines for Canadian military to… Read More »

Vanishing Act: The Disappearance of Refugee Aid in Belgrade

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A surreal feeling washed over me as I entered the white building behind the city’s main bus station for the first time. Posted by Christiana Botic in Fulbright National Geographic Stories An abandoned, windowless place hidden in plain sight. Belgrade was all gray outside with winter fast approaching. I… Vanishing Act: The… Read More »

We Can Still Uphold Human Rights In A Post-Truth World

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Human rights are everybody’s rights. The Huffington Post Claire Mallinson It’s natural to feel concern for the state of human rights, following the result of the U.S. presidential election, Brexit, and the rise elsewhere of populist, authoritarian regimes and political parties. The underlying sentiments and the… We Can Still Uphold Human Rights In… Read More »

‘Turkey is like Germany after 1933’

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More and more Turks are applying for political asylum in Germany. Deutsche Welle Volker Witting They feel threatened and repressed by the Erdogan government, and they fear for their lives. Most applicants are Kurds, like… ‘Turkey is like… Read More »

MICHAEL RUBIN: WILL ERDOGAN BRING ASSASSINATIONS HERE?

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Turkey already conducts operations in the U.S. against those with whom Erdogan disagrees. Newsweek Michael Rubin Turkey has never been known for its respect for human rights, but one of the most troubling aspects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule has been Turkey’s increasing aggressiveness toward dissidents and political opponents, not… MICHAEL RUBIN: WILL ERDOGAN BRING ASSASSINATIONS HERE? Read More »

North Korea satellite images show prison camps accused of ‘atrocities’

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Pyongyang has denied the existence of kwanliso prison camps, where the UN says inmates have faced starvation, forced labor, torture and rape The Guardian Amanda Holpuch New satellite images of North Korean prison camps have been released, showing the continued existence of political prison camps described by the United Nations as being used to perpetrate “unspeakable atrocities”. North Korea’s government denies such… North Korea satellite images show… Read More »

Seeing Ms Dhu: how photographs argue for human rights

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Ms Dhu was a 22-year-old Yamatji woman who died in custody in the South Hedland Police Station in August 2014. The Conversation Arrested for unpaid fines, she was already suffering from pneumonia and septicaemia caused by a broken rib, inflicted by her partner some months earlier. She became very ill overnight… Seeing Ms Dhu: how photographs argue for… Read More »

Child protection: a fresh start

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Government of South Australia’s response to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission report: The life they deserve Australian Policy Online Children and young people have a fundamental right to grow up happy and cared for, to be kept safe from harm and to be supported to fulfil their potential. The government’s response, ‘A Fresh Start,’ aims to… Child protection… Read More »

Section 18C ‘debate’: Human rights as a political distraction

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Repealing Section 18C has the potential to legitimise and magnify the racist hate-speech that Australian people of colour already have to deal with, writes Brooke Murphy. Independent Australia Brooke Murphy RECENTLY, various politicians and media outlets have been contributing to the “debate” surrounding Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. Arguments against Section 18C centre on… Section 18C ‘debate’: Human rights as… Read More »

Politicians warned to tone down Brexit talk by equality body

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has written to the UK’s political parties telling them to tone down their Brexit rhetoric. The Scotsman By JACK MAIDMENT The letter suggests there needs to be a discussion about British values as the Government looks to formalise the… Politicians warned to… Read More »

Claims of inappropriate touching, petty theft in NT children’s group home

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Staff members inappropriately touched children at a residential care home in the Northern Territory, a former worker has alleged. ABC Alex Barwick Helen (not her real name), who worked for an organisation she declined to name in 2014, told the ABC she saw a fellow staff member inappropriately touching children in one of the group homes the organisation managed. Despite taking her concerns to management, she claims they… Claims of inappropriate touching, petty theft in… Read More »