Human Rights

Is the Egyptian state using sexual torture against women?

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The Arab spring promised freedom and justice to the 2011 protestors in Tahrir Square, but a damning new report claims that women are being brutalised by police, military and security forces at an unprecedented level The Guardian – Shereen El Feki Four years ago, Cairo was a giant billboard for human rights; the words “freedom”, “justice” and “dignity” were graffitied across ... Read More »

We must oppose execution of Boston bomber: Bali Nine lawyer

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Australia must vocally oppose the “barbaric and inhumane” execution of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, says a lawyer who represented Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. The Australian – Jared Owens, Reporter, Canberra A US jury on Friday sentenced Tsarnaev to death for the deadly attack, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a “kid” who fell under the influence of his fanatical older ... Read More »

Special Issue : Greek Citizenship

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INTERVIEW: Alternate Minister of Migration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou on New Citizenship Bill GNA – Alternate Minister for Migration Policy, Tasia Christodoulopoulou, was interviewed by Greek News Agenda on the subject of proposed citizenship legislation, which was uploaded for public consultation atOpenGov.gr yesterday (May 15). The Bill regulates the granting of citizenship to second generation immigrants, amending Law 3838/2010. 1) Could ... Read More »

10 milestones in Irish gay rights

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In Oscar Wilde’s time, Irish people lived and loved much as they do now. But our laws and social conventions are still catching up The Irish Times - Eibhear Walsh LP Hartley’s novel The Go-Between opens in a wonderfully arresting and thought-provoking way: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” But is our past really a foreign ... Read More »

Breaking the chains

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In thrall to an ancient religious law, Jewish women face a lifetime in limbo when their husbands refuse to hand over a special divorce certificate. The Sydney Morning Herald - John Safran Hundreds of Jewish women stare down at a rabbi in a school hall. The Victorian chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia has called a meeting tonight to discuss agunot, ... Read More »

ASEAN’s Refugee Embarrassment

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The Rohingya refugee crisis is quite possibly the greatest embarrassment ASEAN has ever faced. The Diplomat - By Luke Hunt The plight of thousands of Rohingya stuck on rickety boats after fleeing their homes in Myanmar is quite possibly the greatest embarrassment ASEAN has ever faced. And the reality is the 10-nation trading bloc is incapable of dealing with the tragedy. ... Read More »

Lawyers appalled at asylum seeker’s treatment after suicide attempt on Nauru

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Lawyers for a 23-year-old Tamil asylum seeker say they are appalled at the way she was treated when she was brought to Australia for medical help after attempting suicide on Nauru. ABC – By Madeleine Morris “Ruth” told ABC’s 7.30 that after she learned she would never be resettled in Australia, where her husband is currently on a bridging visa, she ... Read More »

Assessing asylum seekers’ status requires procedure not glib dismissal

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Fraser government-era process ensured Australia could respect its obligations under international refugee law. The Sydney Morning Herald - Claire Higgins When Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed last week that Australia had returned 46 Vietnamese asylum seekers who were held at sea, his press release stated that “we were assured that they did not have a claim for protection”. The release did ... Read More »

Silence isn’t golden when it comes to free speech

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In a laughably provocative recent article, entitled “It’s time to put an end to anti-choice speech”, a self-proclaimed Australian human rights activist made a long, repetitive case for legislating against “oppressive speech”. OnLineOpinion – By Natasha Moore What counts as “oppressive” started out as any opposition to abortion, but by the conclusion of the article the category had gotten considerably out ... Read More »