Human Rights

Calais migrants: France begins to clear ‘Jungle’ camp

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More than 1,200 police and officials in France have begun an operation to clear the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais. The camp has been housing at least 7,000 people in squalid conditions. Migrants queued peacefully to be processed, and the… Calais migrants: France… Read More »

Humanizing Our Militarized Border

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The recent Encuentro (or Encounter) At the Border in the middle of Ambos Nogales — the term used to consider Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, as one community — was a wonderful distraction from the Donald and Hillary Show, which may be the most tiresome and preposterous encuentro in American political history. by JOHN GRANT For two days, from north and south, people trekked to the two Nogaleses to participate in the gatherings and… Humanizing Our Militarized… Read More »

South Africa to withdraw from war crimes court

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South Africa has formally begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), notifying the UN of its decision. South Africa did not want to execute ICC arrest warrants which would lead to “regime change”, a minister said. Last year, a… South Africa to… Read More »

My mother is vetted every day of her life

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I doubt my mother would pass the “extreme vetting” process Donald Trump has in mind for refugees seeking a new life in the United States. By Lev Golinkin After 26 years in this country, she still speaks with a heavy accent, misplaces tenses, mumbles. She doesn’t know the… My mother is… Read More »

Australia’s Stranded Refugee Prisoners

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Four years ago, the government of Australia set out to stop migrants and refugees from reaching its shores by boat. By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  It came up with a ruthlessly efficient policy under which people found at sea were sent to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or to the nation of Nauru, each a tiny island in the Pacific, ostensibly the… Australia’s Stranded Refugee… Read More »

Argentina: hundreds of thousands of women set to protest against violence

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Organizers urge women to stop work and other activities for an hour in Wednesday ‘women’s strike’ following rape and torture of a 16-year-old girl Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires Hundreds of thousands of women in Argentina are expected to join a… Argentina: hundreds of… Read More »

As a nation would we ever sink so low as to check refugees’ teeth?

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Britain’s preoccupation with a handful of children from Calais masks the abject shirking of our humanitarian duties on the European stage Hugh Muir What do we see each morning, post-Brexit vote, when we look in the… As a nation… Read More »

Jacqui Lambie demands pre-emptive pardons for Australians accused of war crimes

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Former soldier-turned-independent senator Jacqui Lambie is demanding a pre-emptive pardon for any defence personnel accused of war crimes against the Taliban or Islamic State. By Defence reporter Andrew Greene Her call comes a week after the ABC revealed a secretive Defence review of Australia’s special forces has begun hearing allegations of… Jacqui Lambie demands… Read More »

Widodo backs castration for sex crimes

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has defended the use of chemical castration to wipe out sex crimes including pedophilia. AAP “Our constitution respects human rights but when it comes to sexual crimes there is no compromise. We are strong and we will be very firm. We will hand out the… Widodo backs castration… Read More »

From Tampa to now: how reporting on asylum seekers has been a triumph of spin over substance

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most divisive national election campaigns in Australia’s recent history: the Tampa affair. Coming just weeks after the September 11 terror attacks, the pitched battle between John Howard and Kim Beazley drew heavily on fear and panic. The divisions of… From Tampa to… Read More »

Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The “Street” and Politics in DR Congo

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Angry demonstrations hit Kinshasa in September as President Kabila’s aim to stay in power beyond a 19 December constitutional deadline became clearer. Regional and international actors must use diplomatic and financial levers to bring about credible democratic elections and… Boulevard of Broken… Read More »

 Will a New Secretary General Invigorate the UN?

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To the disappointment of many UN watchers, the next secretary general will be a man—and a Western European. But he is a passionate defender of human rights and humanitarianism. By Barbara Crossette António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres was born and… Will a New… Read More »

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

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One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Save the… Girl under 15 married every seven… Read More »

Single women can’t afford to live in the city and men can. Is that fair?

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Two alarming reports that have surfaced expose the economic bedrock on which the material disadvantage of Australian women is perpetuated Van Badham and Gabrielle Jackson It’s not often Margaret Thatcher is quoted in support of structural feminist arguments for fairness. She wasn’t actually talking about women when she Single women can’t… Read More »

Parents protest refugee children starting school in Greece

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Police in a northern Greek village escorted refugee children to school, as local parents protested the launch of a national programme to educate migrant youngsters. Source: AFP Around 100 police formed a corridor to enable some 40 puzzled-looking children from Syria and Afghanistan to enter the… Parents protest refugee… Read More »

Q&A: This Refugee Confronted The Man Behind Sovereign Borders About Suicide Rates

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The questioner said suicides are a ‘direct result’ of prolonged uncertainty. Emily Brooks The co-architect of Operation Sovereign Borders, Jim Molan, spent Monday night’s Q&A program defending the controversial immigration policy he… Q&A: This Refugee… Read More »