Human Rights

Alevis protest compulsory religion classes

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A group of Alevi associations have staged a protest against compulsory religion classes in Turkish schools, in front of the Education Ministry’s provincial building in Istanbul’s Cağaloğlu neighborhood. A group of around 50 people laid a black wreath in front of the building, while also holding placards reading “Democratic struggle against sectarian education,” and “We don’t want compulsory religion classes.” Alevi Associations ... Read More »

Desmond Tutu: ‘Lay bare the horrors of the past’

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South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu has supported calls for a truth and justice commission to expose “the horrors of the past” suffered by Aboriginal Australians. In a statement released for World Peace Day on Sunday, the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town said it should be followed by a “national healing process for all Australians”. Aboriginal elders Djiniyini Gondarra, senior ... Read More »

Does Human Rights Watch Understand the Nature of Prejudice?


A powerful advocate appears to believe that anti-Semitism is sparked in part by Jewish behavior. A few days ago, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth,tweeted the following statement: “Germans rally against anti-Semitism that flared in Europe in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza war. Merkel joins.” Roth provided a link to a New York Times article about the rally, which took ... Read More »

Pilger Calls On All Australians To ‘Make Their Voices Heard’ Over Water Crisis in Utopia

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One of the nation’s most renowned journalists has slammed the silence around a crisis that has left a desert community without water for three months. Amy McQuire reports. Renowned journalist John Pilger has called on Australians to “speak out and don’t stop until they are heard’ after it was revealed the Aboriginal community at the centre of his internationally acclaimed ... Read More »

Sinking of Mediterranean migrant boat mass murder, says UN rights chief

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“Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein says survivors’ accounts of incident in which 500 died point to ‘crime that must not go unpunished’ The UN’s new human rights chief has urged Egypt to join with European nations in hunting down the human traffickers who allegedly drowned up to 500 migrants in the Mediterranean by ramming their boat. He said the traffickers are likely guilty of “mass murder” and ... Read More »

‘New Turkey’ is scary place, says Dink award winner

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The Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) oft-quoted promise of a “new Turkey” is a scary place, where rights violations and threats against opponents are common, according to Şebnem Kor, Hrant Dink Award ur Fincancıthe winner of the International Hrant Dink Award and head of the Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TİHV). In an interview with Today’s Zaman, Fincancı shared her ... Read More »

Europe: National Courts Extend Reach of Justice

Protesters, with photos of victims killed in chemical attacks in Iraq, gather outside the district courthouse in The Hague on November 21, 2005, as the trial opens against Dutch businessman Frans van Anraat. The court convicted Van Anraat of complicity in war crimes for having supplied Saddam Hussein with chemicals that were used in attacks on the Kurds in the late 1980s, and sentenced him to 17 years in prison.
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More Governments Should Set up Specialized War Crimes Units. Governments wanting to limit impunity for the most serious international crimes should look to the examples of three European countries showing leadership in this area, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Specialized war crimes units composed of police, prosecutors, and immigration officials have the means to bring those ... Read More »

Disability and murder: victim blaming at its very worst

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When we hear that a murdered wife had a disability, we can find ourselves a little less horrified. But whichever way we dress it up, it remains a story of domestic violence, writes Stella Young. By now you’ll have heard the story of Geoff Hunt, the 44-year-old grain farmer who shot and killed his wife and three children before committing ... Read More »