Human Rights

European court ruling on headscarves sparks ire in Ankara

A woman reacts as she attends the Democracy and Martyrs Rally, organized by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and supported by ruling AK Party (AKP), oppositions Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), to protest against last month's failed military coup attempt, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal - RTSLJVF

On March 14, the European Court of Justice made a controversial ruling, stating that companies are permitted to ban employees from wearing visible religious symbols such as the Islamic headscarf. Riada Asimovic Akyol Al Monitor The decision from Europe’s top court came after two women were fired because they refused to take off their headscarves at workplaces in France and Belgium. Many right-wing political… European court ruling… Read More »

Cashless Cards And Rising Crime: An Intervention That Keeps On Giving

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Facing electoral annihilation and media pressure, the Howard Government launched an unprecedented assault on Aboriginal rights and communities. Rachel Siewert New Matilda A decade on, Senator Rachel Siewert says the federal government is still hiding behind its failures. I’ll never forget… Cashless Cards And… Read More »

The politics of water insecurity

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To achieve universal water security, we need to let politics and culture drive water planning as much as economy does. Majed Akhter Al Jazeera News This March 22, World Water Day, we focus attention on global issues of water access. The statistics are not comforting. The poorest ninth… The politics of… Read More »

The Other Women’s Movement

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They voted for Donald Trump. Cathy Young Foreign Policy Their European sisters are supporting nationalist movements of their own. And they’re not… The Other Women’s… Read More »

7 Religious Women Explain How Their Faith Empowers Their Feminism

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‘People say to me, doesn’t your faith oppress you?’ Nitya Rajan The Huffington Post As part of our All Women Everywhere month, we asked seven women of faith whether their belief helps or hinders their… From battling stigma to fighting for their rights in the workplace, each woman explains, what has been at times, an “uncomfortable” journey to balance their faith with… 7 Religious Women… Read More »

What Canada’s ‘Yellow Peril’ teaches us about this migrant moment

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History has plenty to tell us about this moment of fraught borders—and about the consequences of racist government… Christine Sismondo MacLeans It’s September 7, 1907, and a parade has just started on Main Street, just outside Vancouver’s City Hall, with hundreds marching to the tune of “Rule… The song was a strange choice, given that the… What Canada’s ‘Yellow… Read More »

Erdoğan vows to reinstate death penalty as referendum opponents face ‘attacks and imprisonment’

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In the build up to the referendum, the Turkish President promised he will introduce the death penalty in a campaign that has caused a… Hanna Yusuf Independent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Saturday that he will reinstate capital punishment “without hesitation”, ahead of the… Speaking at a televised rally in Canakkale, the leader of the… Erdoğan vows to… Read More »

Reunited Cyprus’ property compensation bill

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His vast legal experience in displaced persons’ property cases before Strasbourg-based EU courts have prompted Nicosia lawyer… Annie Charalambous in-cyprus “Because, at the end of the day, one has to think for himself and decide whether he/she is part of the solution or part of the problem… “I am not an economist, but I adopted a model on an X and… Reunited Cyprus’ property… Read More »

US calls on Turkey to respect, ensure fundamental freedoms

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The United States has called on Turkey to respect and ensure essential freedoms over concerns on human rights issues and freedoms in the… Hurriyet “We urge Turkey to respect and ensure freedom of expression, fair trial guarantees, judicial independence, and other essential… We also firmly believe… US calls on… Read More »

An exclusive tour of Ai Weiwei’s new work

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A huge new artwork by Ai Weiwei in Prague attempts to put our attention back on the global refugee… BBC Rob Cameron meets the artist and takes a… A 70-m (230-ft) life raft hangs in the vast hall of Prague’s Trade Fair Palace. In it sit 258 faceless, inflatable… Although Ai Weiwei’s monumental new artwork is as light as air, it’s subject matter is… An exclusive tour… Read More »

Hijab at work: EU court is authorising discrimination

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The latest ECJ ruling limits religious people – especially Muslim women – to being behind the scenes in the workplace. Shelina Janmohamed Al Jazeera News On March 14, the European Court of Justice ruled that when it comes to the workplace, the ban on the wearing of “any political, philosophical or religious sign” such as headscarves need not constitute direct discrimination. But it can… Hijab at work… Read More »

The Right to Choose Includes the Right to Choose Life

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The issue is not whether there should be choice, but rather who should make the choice. Alan M. Dershowitz Gatestone Institute Why should pregnant females who have compelling reasons — medical, emotional, familial, religious, financial — not have the right to choose? Why should the… The Right to… Read More »

Yemen at ‘point of no return’ as conflict leaves almost 7 million close to famine

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Governments have been warned they face enduring shame should famine take hold in Yemen, where two-thirds of the population face severe food… Les Roopanarine, Patrick Wintour, Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Ahmad Algohbary in Ibb The Guardian Aid agencies have warned that Yemen is “at the point of no return” after new figures released by the UN indicated 17 million people are… Yemen at ‘point… Read More »

George Soros: When Hate Surges

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President Trump has wasted no time in cracking down on… George Soros The New York Times He pledged to build a wall, hire 15,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol agents and speedily deport millions of undocumented… He justified these actions by claiming that immigrants regularly flout the… George Soros: When… Read More »

Break unjust laws and cut the working week

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SALLY MCMANUS, the newly elected secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, last night said – to the consternation of Malcolm Turnbull and various huffy media “commentators” – that it was alright to break unjust laws. John Passant Independent Australia The Fair Work Act, which makes it illegal for workers to strike outside a very narrow bargaining period, is one such unjust law. Workers could not… Break unjust laws… Read More »

Highlights From Court Ruling Halting Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

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Here are some highlights from Wednesday’s ruling by Judge Derrick K. Watson of United States District Court in Honolulu, who issued a… The New York Times The case was brought by the state of Hawaii and Ismail Elshikh, an American citizen of Egyptian descent who is an imam and a leader in… Addressing the government’s contention that the… Highlights From Court… Read More »