Human Rights

Miracle boy, but campaign to stop mutilation of girls goes on

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IT sometimes takes a kick to the ribs to jolt Khadija Gbla out of a state of disbelief. Babies can pack a pretty good punch though, and it’s a fair guess that the unborn child of this brave activist possesses more than his fair share of fighting spirit. The Australian – Natasha Robinson, Senior Writer, Sydney He is the baby that Ms ... Read More »

Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of Speech in Australia

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The appalling and tragic attack on journalists at the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, has once again ignited a debate about the extent and limits of freedom of speech in Australia. Liberty Victoria is deeply concerned by the content and tenor of comment on this issue in some segments of the media and more widely by certain community organisations. For ... Read More »

Gillian Triggs: the Australian’s latest victim

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The Australian has launched a campaign to discredit the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission. It comes just before the release of her report into children in detention The Guardian – Richard Ackland Professor Gillian Triggs, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, is the latest victim of a heavy-handed campaign by the Australian newspaper. The pattern is familiar. A ... Read More »

Committing a crime does not mean forfeiting all human rights for the future

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There has been considerable public interest in some recent findings of the Australian Human Rights Commission that the Australian Government is in breach of our human rights obligations. The Sydney Morning Herald – Gillian Triggs * While, as President of the Commission, I seldom comment on individual cases, the justifiable community concerns raised about one of these cases, the Basikbasik ... Read More »

Wikileaks for Africa? Introducing Afrileaks

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The Zimbabwean A new service launching today hopes to safely connect whistleblowers with investigative journalists, encouraging a ‘new culture of accountability and justice’ across the continent When Zimbabwean politician Edward Chindori-Chininga died in a car crash in 2013, some believed the circumstances had been “suspicious”. Soon after the death of the country’s former minister for energy and mining, the news ... Read More »

Religious freedom is no bar to voicing criticism

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IN the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, we need to talk about what freedom of religion actually means. This is because erroneous views about freedom are holding us back from having vital public conversations about the role of faith in our society. Herald Sun – SUSIE O’BRIEN Freedom of religion means one person has to respect another person’s right to ... Read More »

More than 100 Manus Island asylum seekers go on hunger strike

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- Hunger-striking asylum seekers on Manus protest over treatment in detention – Fears Iranian asylum seeker on hunger strike in Darwin could die – All children released from detention on Christmas Island but 468 children remain in Australian immigration detention – Cambodian officials arrive on Nauru to promote refugees transfer deal More than 100 asylum seekers on Manus Island have ... Read More »

Charlie Hebdo: Blessed Are The Tolerant

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Our defence of ‘freedom of speech’ appears to be qualified by whether or not we actually find the speech offensive, writes Michael Brull.* Since the murders at the Charlie Hebdo office, there have been countless defences of the right of the magazine to publish its cartoons. However offensive, however inflammatory, they had a right to do so, and we have ... Read More »