Human Rights

Eight former Australians of the Year call for release of asylum seeker children

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Indefinite detention of children, who are not accused of any crime, is ‘inhumane and unnecessary’, write former winners in an open letter The Guardian – Ben Doherty @bendohertycorro Eight former Australians of the Year have used Australia Day to call for the immediate release of all refugee and asylum seeker children from immigration detention. In an open letter published on Monday morning, ... Read More »

Facebook complies with Turkey page block order

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The BBC has learned that Facebook has complied with a Turkish court order demanding the blocking of a page it said offended the Prophet Muhammad. If the social media platform had refused, the court had threatened to block access to the entire site. The site is believed to have around 40 million members in Turkey. Facebook declined to comment but ... Read More »

Attorney-General George Brandis says metadata limits jeopardise criminal investigations

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Australian internet firms are wiping some customer “metadata” immediately or within days, causing problems for law enforcement including an investigation into a potential child rape that had to be abandoned. The Age – David Wroe, National security correspondent As it steps up its contentious push to force internet providers to retain metadata, the federal government has provided examples of how metadata is used ... Read More »

Russian Court Fines Children-404 Founder for Violating LGBT Propaganda Law


Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today said the decision of a Russian district court finding Lena Klimova, founder of the online LGBT youth support group Children-404, guilty of violating Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law is an important reminder that Russia’s propaganda law will continue to have a harsh impact on the rights of LGBT people. Klimova was convicted despite being prevented access to legal counsel, due to her lawyer’s illness, the day of the court’s ... Read More »

Legal scholars’ statement in support of Gillian Triggs

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Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs has been the subject of unusually fierce criticism by sections of the media and government, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Senior Australian academics in human rights law have jointly drafted a letter in support of Gillian Triggs and expressing their disgust at the public attacks. The letter is published here in full. John ... Read More »

The Gallipoli centenary is a shameful attempt to hide the Armenian Holocaust

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As world leaders plan to commemorate the First World War battle for Gallipoli, another horrific anniversary risks being overlooked. The Independent – ROBERT FISK When world leaders, including Prince Charles and the Australian and New Zealand prime ministers, gather at Gallipoli to commemorate the First World War battle at the invitation of the Turkish government in April, the ghosts of one ... Read More »

Miracle boy, but campaign to stop mutilation of girls goes on

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IT sometimes takes a kick to the ribs to jolt Khadija Gbla out of a state of disbelief. Babies can pack a pretty good punch though, and it’s a fair guess that the unborn child of this brave activist possesses more than his fair share of fighting spirit. The Australian – Natasha Robinson, Senior Writer, Sydney He is the baby that Ms ... Read More »

Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of Speech in Australia

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The appalling and tragic attack on journalists at the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, has once again ignited a debate about the extent and limits of freedom of speech in Australia. Liberty Victoria is deeply concerned by the content and tenor of comment on this issue in some segments of the media and more widely by certain community organisations. For ... Read More »

Gillian Triggs: the Australian’s latest victim

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The Australian has launched a campaign to discredit the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission. It comes just before the release of her report into children in detention The Guardian – Richard Ackland Professor Gillian Triggs, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, is the latest victim of a heavy-handed campaign by the Australian newspaper. The pattern is familiar. A ... Read More »