Human Rights

Today Melbourne Is Kicking Off The Global Campaign In 20 Cities Across The Globe Calling On Their Governments To End Child Detention

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Free The Children – Action calling for the immediate release of all children in Australian funded Immigration detention centres – on shore and offshore. Media launch – Thursday 20 November 2014 at 11am corner Swanston Street & Flinders Lane, outside St. Paul’s Cathedral The Refugee Advocacy Network together with Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children, Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and ... Read More »

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young slams government’s Cambodia refugee plan as ‘madness’

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The Abbott government has found its “partner in crime” in Phnom Penh, outspoken senator says of “secretive” refugee resettling program. Australian Greens senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, says she has hardened her opposition to the Abbott government’s resettlement of refugees in Cambodia after touring slums in the riverside capital Phnom Penh, declaring the plan “madness, absolute madness”. Shunned by Cambodia’s leaders during ... Read More »

A new indigenous Stolen Generation

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Don’t ever sit comfortably in your armchair and describe the stolen generation as a thing of the past. Don’t do that. At this moment, there are 14,000 Aboriginal babies and children in foster care, out-of-home care, or residential care. The attempted annihilation of the First Peoples continues. Karen, a Kuku Yalanji woman, was the proud grandmother to a new baby. ... Read More »

WA plan to close 100 remote and Indigenous communities ‘devastating’

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Traditional owners savage Colin Barnett’s government, saying ‘we are deeply fearful about the potential impact’ Jump to comments Plans by the West Australian government to close more than 100 remote and primarily Indigenous communities is the “biggest threat to our people since the shocking events of the 1960s”, traditional owners and native title holders of the Fitzroy Valley have said ... Read More »

Virginity tests for female Indonesian police force applicants ‘discriminatory’, Human Rights Watch says

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Indonesia’s national police to halt “discriminatory” virginity tests for women applying to join the force. The rights group says women applicants are required to be both unmarried and virgins, and the virginity test is still widely used, despite the insistence of some senior police officials that the practice has been discontinued. In a series ... Read More »

If you can’t talk about rape without blaming victims, don’t talk about rape

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Rape apology isn’t edgy, counterintuitive, thought-provoking or new. It’s stale, mainstream, thoughtless and old as man Jump to comments How we think about rape matters. It determines how we talk about rape, it determines how the media writes about rape and, ultimately, it determines what we as a society do about rape. And right now, we are not doing enough. ... Read More »

Police gun, baton use rises as officers face more drug-fuelled violence

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POLICE are being forced to pull out their guns more than ever before, after being swamped with violent and drug-addled offenders. Statistics released to the Herald Sun paint a “grim picture” of the public acting more violently towards police. Police were spat at, kicked, punched, stabbed or grabbed about 20 times a day this year. Since 2011, police use of ... Read More »

Immigration is changing character of UK schools, claims Iain Duncan Smith

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Work and pensions secretary says report setting out the billions of pounds that EU migrants had added to the economy is ‘silly’ Jump to comments Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, has said that non-English-speaking children are changing the character of British schools, as Ukip looks likely to gain its second MP in the Rochester & Strood byelection. ... Read More »

Pope denounces euthanasia as ‘sin against God and creation’

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has denounced the right to die movement, saying it’s a “false sense of compassion” to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when it’s a sin against God and creation. Pope Francis made the comments to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors on Saturday. Earlier this month, the Vatican’s top bioethics official condemned as “reprehensible” ... Read More »