Human rights

Ethiopia: Where conscience is constantly on trial


In Ethiopia, Muslim leaders are facing an unjust trial for crimes they did not commit. A high profile trial against protest leaders – intellectuals, activists and elected members of “The Ethiopian Muslim Arbitration Committee” – is shaking the Ethiopian political landscape. The government argues that the accused harbour “extreme” Islamic ideologies. It accuses them of conspiracy with terrorist groups to ... Read More »

The Art of War


“During wartime, people still dream, fall in love, aspire—they are human, they are not freaks.” These are the words of Tamara Chalabi, scion of a well-known Iraqi family, who shepherded nearly a dozen Iraqi artists to Italy last year to show their work at the Venice Biennale art fair. The Iraqi pavilion was a hit, and the work is now ... Read More »

Students protest Sophie Mirabella appointment


The appointment of Sophie Mirabella as Melbourne University’s Public Policy Fellow is causing angst among some students, with one group calling for her sacking. A University of Melbourne refugee rights group is calling for the removal of Sophie Mirabella from the university’s Public Policy Fellow position. The Campus Refugee Rights Club held a protest at the university on Tuesday to ... Read More »

Iraq ready to legalise childhood marriage

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Children under nine years old could be legally married and wives forced to comply with sexual demands under newly tabled legislation described by critics as a setback for women’s rights Children in Iraq could be legally married before the age of nine under sweeping legislation tabled on Tuesday that introduces new religious restrictions on women’s rights. As almost its last ... Read More »

International Roma Day

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‘ International Roma(ni) Day ‘ is celebrated on April 8. This day honours the Roma – Europe’s largest ethnic minority group. On this occasion, Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, Charalampos Athanasiou spoke about the EU’s commitment to the protection of Roma rights. “The Greek Presidency affirms its determination to prevent and combat discrimination against Roma in all its forms ... Read More »

UK peers reject govt citizenship powers

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BRITAIN’S peers have thrown out government plans to allow terror suspects to be stripped of their British citizenship even if they will be left stateless. The cross-party amendment to the Immigration Bill was backed by 242 votes to 180, as members of the upper house hit out at a policy “used by tyrants and dictators”. The defeat was the second ... Read More »

Comment: I was brainwashed to believe Kim Jong-il was a god


Yeonmi Park was a teenager when she fled North Korea with her parents. She grew up believing North Korea’s leader was a god who could read her mind: anyone harbouring bad thoughts about him would surely die. Catch the full episode of Insight here Join the conversation with #insightSBS De-radicalisation: Is it possible to reform extremists? I lived in North Korea ... Read More »

Ukraine accuses Russia over unrest


Ukraine’s prime minister accused Russia today of sowing unrest in his country’s eastern provinces as a pretext for dispatching troops across the border. Speaking at an emergency Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Russia was behind seizures of several government buildings in eastern regions which have for weeks seen a spike in secessionist sentiment. “The plan is to destabilise ... Read More »