Human Rights

Senate Moves On Foreign Fighters Bill Despite Human Rights Risk

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A new report warns the bill could allow breaches of human rights. It may also reverse the presumption of innocence, writes Wendy Bacon. A parliamentary Committee including Coalition, Labor and Greens senators has found that a security bill expected to be passed by the Senate today potentially violates human rights in hundreds of ways and recommends that it needs further ... Read More »

287 Turkish women murdered in first 10 months of 2014

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Some 287 women were murdered in the first 10 months of this year in Turkey, as additional clauses to the law on the protection of families are drafted. Despite changes to laws, court rulings, restraining orders on guilty men, protection granted to exposed women, and the application of a panic button system, the number of murdered women has continued to ... Read More »

North Korea executes members of Workers’ Party for watching South Korean soap operas

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Allies of Kim Jong-un’s ousted uncle among the victims of firing squads, some for watching South Korean television As many as 50 senior members of the North Korean government and military have been publicly executed so far this year, according to South Korea’s intelligence agency. The victims of the purges – which the National Intelligence Service believes are continuing – ... Read More »

Mapping the European Union’s Massive Crackdown on Immigrants

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This month saw the largest single-operation crackdown on undocumented immigrants in European Union history. Dubbed “Mos Maiorum” (a Latin phrase referring to the “ancestral custom” of the Roman Empire), the initiative, which ran from October 13 to October 26, saw EU member states join forces to clamp down on illegal immigration and the organized criminal syndicates that facilitate it. Operations ... Read More »

Our Refugee Story unfolds in Bendigo

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HUNDREDS of people gathered to hear the stories of refugees on Saturday. Refugee activist Julian Burnside, author Najaf Mazari and local Karen refugees talked about their perspectives on asylum seekers. More than 250 people listened to a discussion by panel members Bendigo Bank’s National Community Strengthening manager Chris DeAraugo, Mt Alexander Shire mayor Michael Redden, Mr Burnside, Bendigo councillor Mark Weragoda and ... Read More »

Saturday Mothers meet for 500th time in hope of finding lost loved ones

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The mothers of people who have disappeared at the hands of the state in recent decades, known as the “Saturday Mothers,” will meet for the 500th time today since their first gathering in the mid-1990s. The landmark meeting comes amid calls for solidarity from the Scholars for Peace initiative. The initiative, group together over 150 scholars from 50 universities, published ... Read More »

Should a Child Offender Be Treated as an Adult?

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The government may recommend he still sit in the back seat of a car, but a 10-year-old boy can be charged as an adult for the homicide of a 90-year-old woman and potentially spend the rest of his life in prison. Along with Somalia, the United States is one of two countries in the world that have not ratified a United Nations ... Read More »

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

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In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country house in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. For several hours the besieged leader of the world’s most famous insurgent publishing organization and the billionaire head of the world’s largest information empire locked horns. ... Read More »