Human Rights

Indian court orders release of woman on hunger strike for 14 years

Irom Sharmila began her protest after seeing the army kill 10 people at a bus stop near her home in Manipur. Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

“Irom Sharmila has been force-fed in prison hospital since beginning hunger strike in protest at human rights abuses An Indian judge has ordered the release of human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on hunger strike for nearly 14 years in protest at a law granting sweeping powers to security forces in the country’s troubled north-east. Sharmila, 42, ... Read More »

‘Darfur: The Genocide the World Got Tired of’

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On August 5, 2014 the displaced persons of El Salam camp in South Darfur were brutally assaulted by military and security forces of the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime in Khartoum. Tens of thousands of civilians, mainly women and children, were terrorized during this ferocious operation; a great many were beaten, humiliated, and robbed. Dozens were arrested, only to ... Read More »

A letter from Lisa Collyer to Scott Morrison MP

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Dear Minister I can only assume that you have never been to Cambodia independently nor have been briefed on the nation’s recent history and current issues. I’d like to begin with Prime Minister Hun Sen whom you are currently negotiating with to send 1000 refugees to Cambodia. Here are some facts quoted from the text ‘Cambodia: Report From a Stricken ... Read More »

While Their Own Country Is Torn Apart By War, Syrians Are Giving Aid To Yazidis

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Fleeing approaching Islamic State militants, tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi community in Iraq have found refuge in an unlikely place — war-torn Syria. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said Thursday that at least 15,000 Yazidi refugees are sheltering in Syria’s Kurdish north, after fleeing from Iraq in early August when the Islamic State captured Yazidi towns. Wounded, weak ... Read More »

Asylum seeker children ‘will wait two months’ for counselling

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Traumatised children who were held on an Australian Customs ship on the high seas for almost a month will wait two months to see counsellors on Nauru, a whistleblower working on the island nation says. The detention centre worker has contacted Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s office, saying they are particularly concerned about the children’s mental health. “The children are traumatised, ... Read More »

Scott Morrison to appear before inquiry into children in immigration detention

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Immigration minister will face Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry on 22 August and give evidence under oath  Jump to comments The immigration minister, Scott Morrison, will give evidence at the national inquiry into children in immigration detention on Friday 22 August at a public hearing in Canberra, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has confirmed to Guardian Australia. Morrison will ... Read More »

Child asylum seekers’ rights on Nauru ‘systematically violated’, inquiry told

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Anonymous Save the Children workers submit to inquiry 53-page document which includes details of shocking case studies  Jump to comments Forensic evidence of the “systematic violation” of child asylum seekers’ human rights on Nauru has emerged in a compelling 53-page document written by a group of anonymous Save the Children workers on Nauru and submitted to the national inquiry into ... Read More »

Amnesty International: Pentagon Intentionally Covered Up War Crimes in Afghanistan

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The human-rights group reports the U.S. military systematically ignored evidence of torture and unlawful killings in Afghanistan as recently as last year. he U.S. military has systematically covered up or disregarded “abundant and compelling evidence” of war crimes, torture, and unlawful killings in Afghanistan as recently as last year, according to a report by Amnesty International published today in Kabul. ... Read More »