Human Rights

Chile’s Bishop Juan Barros, linked to sex abuse priest, faces Catholic fury

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Santiago: Black balloons in hand, hundreds of Catholics gathered at a church in the small Chilean city of Osorno to protest against the appointment of Bishop Juan Barros, accused of protecting one of the nation’s most notorious paedophiles. Anthony Esposito The appointment has sparked outrage from many parishioners and puts into question Pope Francis’ promise to rid the church of ... Read More »

World Vision and other aid agencies reject Australia’s refugee deal with Cambodia

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International aid agencies based in Cambodia have rejected the Abbott government’s resettlement deal, saying it  is not appropriate for a country that has been accused of human rights abuses and has no refugee resettlement experience. The Sydney Morning Herald - Sarah Whyte * Fairfax Media understands immigration officials Greg Kelly and Pilar Davidson, based in the Australian embassy, visited a number ... Read More »

Fraser didn’t move left, the party moved right

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Vale Malcolm Fraser, I didn’t know him well. Who did, really, outside his family? But if I may one brief personal reminiscence, it is of the last time I saw him to speak to for more than a few minutes, about a decade ago when I spoke at the opening dinner of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. The Sydney Morning ... Read More »

Someone owes someone an apology

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Rapes, sexual assault on Nauru: review The full Moss Review report Analysis: Taking out the trash but too clever by half The Moss report is a scathing indictment of the level of care afforded to vulnerable and damaged people who sought protection from Australia after fleeing persecution. The Age – Michael Gordon The picture it paints is shocking. It reports that ... Read More »

‘Behind Sweden’s tirade is a hidden Western agenda to tarnish Islam’

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Sweden and other Western countries have adopted double standards while dealing with human rights as they ignore the killing of thousands in Iraq, Syria and Palestine, and highlight the flogging of an individual in Saudi Arabia as a big issue, said Dr. Mohammed Badahdah, assistant secretary general of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY). Arab News - JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL ... Read More »

The Guardian view on an establishment child sex abuse ring: no more excuses, no more delays

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Police say they fear prosecution under the Official Secrets Act. Come off it Piece by piece, the evidence mounts of a high-level paedophile ring in the 1970s and 80s involving figures from what used to be called the establishment: MPs, diplomats, officials and senior police officers. The Guardian – Editorial On Tuesday, the Independent Police Complaints Commission announced that it was ... Read More »

If the UK government doesn’t protect exploited domestic workers, it is complicit in slavery

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Is parliament dragging its heels on modern-day slavery because women’s domestic “work” is still considered part of the natural order? New Statesman – BY CAROLINE CRIADO-PEREZ She arrived in the morning at Kalayaan, a charity that supports domestic migrant workers, having escaped from her employers’ house the night before. She had been brought over by her employers to the UK from ... Read More »

Nauru: Iranian refugee couple pelted with rocks by local men, sources say

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Man and wife were knocked off their motorbike by rocks and taken to hospital The Guardian – Ben Doherty @bendohertycorro An Iranian refugee couple has been taken to hospital after being pelted with rocks and knocked off their motorbike on Nauru on Monday night. The man and his wife were riding past the Menon Hotel in the capital Yaren about 10pm when ... Read More »

Police watchdog to investigate claims Met covered up child abuse


IPCC launches inquiry into ‘high-level corruption of the most serious nature’ including suppression of evidence and halting of investigations involving MPs The Guardian - Mark Tran @marktran The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has begun an investigation into allegations of police corruption in London relating to child sex offences dating back to the 1970s, including that officers colluded in the coverup of ... Read More »