Human Rights

Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed

A bid by a group of Jewish women to challenge tradition at Jerusalem’s Western Wall with a blessing usually conducted by men was curtailed yesterday after a decision by Israel’s attorney general. The plan was the latest by the group, Women of the Wall, to push for equal prayer rights at the site, the holiest location where Jews are currently allowed to… Source: Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed – MIDEAST Read More »

Hazara asylum seeker says he is being sent back to Afghanistan

If repatriation goes ahead, 27-year-old will be fifth Hazara to face forcible deportation back to Afghanistan after seeking asylum.. A Hazara man has said he is set to be deported to Afghanistan from an Australian immigration detention centre after a lawyer failed to lodge an appeal for his… Source: Hazara asylum seeker says he is being sent back to Afghanistan | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes

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DOES Christianity oppose personal autonomy and human rights? Columnist and lawyer Greg Barns thinks so. He wrote a recent article “Powerful religious groups oppose personal freedoms” (Mercury, April 4), suggesting church opposition to euthanasia laws and same-sex marriage were examples of this anti-freedom bent…. Source: Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes | The Mercury Read More »

Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani tells of the horrors of Manus Island: out of sight, out of mind

Instead of being imprisoned and harassed, deserving detainees should be welcomed and granted asylum in Australia. His name is Behrouz Boochani. He was born in Ilam city in west Iran on July 23, 1983. He graduated from Tarbiat Madares University in Tehran with a masters degree in political… Source: Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani tells of the horrors of Manus Island: out of sight, out of mind Read More »

Guantanamo shrinking but Obama goal of closing prison still elusive

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GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Observed from behind a one-way mirror and heavy chain-link fence, a handful of bearded detainees in baggy t-shirts mill around inside a communal cellblock at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, vastly outnumbered by U.S. troops guarding them… Source: Guantanamo shrinking but Obama goal of closing prison still elusive – World | The Star Online Read More »

New to the Parish: ‘I can’t work and I can’t go to a proper university’

A young Zimbabwean living in direct provision in Cork has had to turn down good opportunities because of his status. Bernard Kudakwashe Matanire slept through his alarm on the morning of his visit to Áras an Uachtaráin. He was so late for the bus to Dublin he didn’t have… Source: New to the Parish: ‘I can’t work and I can’t go to a proper university’ Read More »

Feminism in the spotlight as Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day

On April 21, Indonesian school girls will don the kebaya – a traditional blouse-dress costume – and firms will offer discounts to females, as the nation pays tribute to the woman widely regarded as its first feminist… Source: Feminism in the spotlight as Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day Read More »

Malawi empowers children to fight sexual abuse

Rape is Malawi’s most reported crime. Ujamaa initiative is helping schoolkids defend themselves against perpetrators. Chimoya, Malawi –  Small fists fly towards throats, knees jerk from under pinafore dress hems up to groin level and two-pronged fingers shoot for the… Source: Malawi empowers children to fight sexual abuse – Al Jazeera English Read More »

60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court

Beirut: 60 Minutes presenter Tara Brown and Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner are facing at least another two days in a Beirut jail after appearing briefly before a judge who declared the matter was a not a “custody case” but one about the kidnapping of two children. The judge has postponed their case until Wednesday, allowing their lawyers to further negotiate… Source: 60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court Read More »

1 In 8 Babies Was Born In A Conflict Zone This Year: UN

Their chances of reaching their 5th birthdays have been drastically reduced. One in eight babies was born into a conflict zone this year, putting them at heightened risk for fatal complications that would otherwise have been avoided under normal circumstances, UNICEF reported on Thursday… Source: 1 In 8 Babies Was Born In A Conflict Zone This Year: UN Read More »

Germany’s populist AfD steps up anti-Muslim policies

Right-wing party accused of abusing Islam to tap into fears arising from terrorist attacks.. Germany’s leading Muslim organisation has likened the populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) to the Nazis for demanding a total ban on burkas, mosque minarets and… Source: Germany’s populist AfD steps up anti-Muslim policies Read More »

Indonesia rules out apology to victims at state-endorsed talks on 1965 massacres

Jakarta: Indonesia’s chief security minister said the country must make peace with its past but ruled out a government apology to the victims of the 1965 anti-communist purge at the first ever state-sanctioned discussions on the mass killings. Luhut Panjaitan – one of President Joko Widodo’s most trusted ministers – said the two-day symposium reflected the government’s intention to resolve past… Source: Indonesia rules out apology to victims at state-endorsed talks on 1965 massacres Read More »

Turkey Builds Mega-Mosque in U.S., Blocks Churches in Turkey

As yet another enormous mosque has opened in the U.S. (funded by the Turkish government), Christians in Turkey are waiting for the day when Turkish state authorities will allow them freely to build or use their churches and safely pray inside them. In… Source: Turkey Builds Mega-Mosque in U.S., Blocks Churches in Turkey Read More »

College Student Is Removed From Flight After Speaking Arabic on Plane

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, was taken off a flight after he called an uncle in Baghdad and a passenger overheard him… Source: College Student Is Removed From Flight After Speaking Arabic on Plane – The New York Times Read More »

Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia

It is hard not to sympathise with Bob Hawke’s comments on euthanasia. He says that he can see no logical or ethical reasons for the ‘absurd’ position of making a person ‘suffer and suffer and suffer’… He puts the absurdity down to ‘quasi-moral and religious grounds’ against euthanasia, and political inertia… Source: Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia Read More »

Pat Dodson must keep on highlighting Australia’s continuing shame

Despite the strenuous efforts of some, the gulf between the hope of reconciliation and the reality of mass incarceration of Aboriginal people is growing… Source: Pat Dodson must keep on highlighting Australia’s continuing shame Read More »