Human Rights

There is no hope for her to survive: Ethiopian woman fears deportation

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Yeshiwork Abrha’s​ hands shake as she sifts through the paperwork that has decided her fate. She looks up helplessly, she can’t find the words. The Age – Bianca Hall, Reporter for The Age Her friend, Melbourne Ethiopian community leader Kojii Umer, speaks on her behalf. “There is no hope for her to survive. That is our concern. The Australian government knows ... Read More »

Study: Christian population in the Mideast is dropping rapidly

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Studies show the remaining Christians in most – but not all – of the Middle East are in dire straits. By Haaretz The dire fate of the Christian communities in the Middle East has become headline news lately. The murderous civil war in Syria; the rise of the Islamic State; the turmoil in countries such as Iraq, Libya, and in ... Read More »

Westminster paedophile scandal casts shadows over British establishment

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London: In October 2012, Labour MP Tom Watson stood up in the British House of Commons and lobbed a grenade – metaphorically speaking. Brisbane Times - Nick Miller, Europe Correspondent Tapping a sheaf of paper in his hands, he told the Prime Minister that police had – or used to have – a file of evidence containing “clear intelligence suggesting a ... Read More »

Child in detention for 1113 days, only 25 Rohingya refugees accepted

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A child has been held in immigration detention for at least 1113 days and the Abbott government has accepted just 25 Rohingya refugees despite thousands fleeing persecution, official figures show, raising fresh criticism of Australia’s hardline asylum-seeker stance. WAtoday – Nicole Hasham, Environment and immigration correspondent The revelations follow alarming evidence to a Senate inquiry this week that revealed a child asylum seeker at the Nauru ... Read More »

Thailand indicts 72 people over human trafficking

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BBC – Thai prosecutors have indicted 72 people, including politicians and an army general, over the trafficking of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. Arrest warrants have been issued for more than 30 others, the attorney general’s office said. The investigation follows the discovery of mass graves, believed to contain the bodies of refugees, in jungle camps near the Thai-Malaysian border ... Read More »

Thai general among 72 indicted over human trafficking

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Thailand on July 24 said it would indict 72 people including a senior army officer over human trafficking after the grim trade in migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh rocked the Southeast Asian region. Hurriyet – BANGKOK – Agence France-Presse The move comes after a major people-smuggling trade unravelled in May when thousands of migrants were abandoned at sea and in ... Read More »

Conversation continues on end of life options for the ACT

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The ACT is unlikely to be a trailblazer on the issue of voluntary euthanasia, according to a Canberra academic The Canberra Times - Megan Doherty, City reporter for The Canberra Times University of Canberra associate professor in the school of law and justice, Dr Wendy Bonython, believes the ACT will have to wait for the states to make laws on voluntary euthanasia or assisted ... Read More »

Speech to Labor National Conference

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Today I recorded a speech to the Labor National Conference.  I did it because I was asked to.  They may not like it. SPEECH TO LABOR NATIONAL CONFERENCE by Julian Burnside What I have to say to you today is not what I would have expected to say. I do not expect you to agree with me. Let me start ... Read More »