Human Rights

Pope sacks cardinal in charge of sex abuse cases, a conservative critic

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Rome: Pope Francis has sacked the head of the Vatican office that handles sex abuse cases, just days after he released Australian cardinal George Pell to return home to face charges of historical sexuael assult. Nicole Winfield The Canberra Times AP, Reuters, New York Times The developments underscored how the Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis had caught up with Francis, threatening to tarnish his legacy. Francis on Saturday declined to renew the mandate of Germa cardinal… Pope sacks cardinal… Read More »

‘We’ve lost democracy’: on the road with Turkey’s justice marchers

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Thousands are walking the 280 miles from Ankara to Istanbul to protest against a government crackdown on politicians, journalists and civil servants Kareem Shaheen and Gözde Hatunoğlu in Düzce The Guardian Hıdır Aydur rested his blistered feet under the shade of a tree on the side of the highway that runs between Ankara and Istanbul. The 57-year-old, from Erzincan in Turkey’s north-east, who has diabetes, had been marching for 15 days. He is one of thousands journeying by foot from ... Read More »

Indonesian boy wrongfully jailed in WA adult prison for people smuggling has conviction overturned

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Ali Jasmin was 13 when detained by Australian authorities for cooking on a boat carrying asylum… Australian Associated Press The Guardian A young Indonesian man who served time in a Western Australian adult prison for people smuggling despite being a child at the time has had his conviction… Ali Jasmin, also known as Ali Yasmin, was a crew member on a boat transporting 55 Afghan asylum seekers and was aged 14 in December 2010 when he was sentenced as an ... Read More »

We’re quick to label refugees as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but they’re all entitled to protection

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A refugee I met last year in Canada has been charged with beating his wife. The ensuing coverage has encapsulated the extremes of the immigration debate. Amos Roberts  The Guardian Man who beat wife said he didn’t know it was against the law,” read the headline. Underneath, a photo of a man I knew very well – a man I’d once sympathised with. A distinctive underbite, thick salt and pepper hair, olive skin. I read on, with mounting… We’re quick ... Read More »

Violence against Women: Some Inconvenient Data for the Corrupt UN

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The United Nations panels lovingly practice hypocrisy all the time. In 2016, a UN debate revolved around the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which voted to blame Israel for Palestinian domestic violence. Burak Bekdil  Gatestone This year’s show was hardly different in the content of nonsense. The executive director of UN Watch, Hillel Neuer, asked Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, at a session on June 12: “Ms. Simonovic, in… Violence against Women… Read More »

Whither Japan’s Democracy?

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To some observers, retired civil servant Hiroji Yamashiro, 65, has become a symbol of modern Japan’s uneasy  attitude towards dissent Daniel Hurst Asia Times To some observers, protester Hiroji Yamashiro, 65, has become a symbol of modern Japan’s uneasy attitude towards dissent. The retired civil servant, a long-standing campaigner against the US military presence in the southern prefecture of Okinawa, was detained for five months from… Whither Japan’s… Read More »

Hitler-inspired Schemes of Partition Are Abolishing the Republic of Cyprus

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Turkey and the British Empire never forgave Cyprus for escaping their colonial brutality. WWI wrecked the Ottoman Empire. Evaggelos Vallianatos HuffPost Its successor state, Turkey, has been under the delusion that fomenting a zealous Islam can recreate its former power. WWII forced the diminution and abolition of the British Empire, now a weak and small version of its former self remains, known as the… Cyprus passed from the Ottoman to the British Empire in late nineteenth… Hitler-inspired Schemes… Read More »

“We won’t accept just any solution on Cyprus”

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On the eve of the Conference on Cyprus, we feel compelled to express our views on the Cyprus negotiations on behalf of the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC), the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA), the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations (FCAO), the American Hellenic Institute (AHI), the American Hellenic Council (AHC), the Hellenic Federation of New Jersey, and the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH). Our community has worked with successive U.S. Administrations on behalf of a workable and ... Read More »

FACTBOX – The hidden economic costs of child marriage

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Ending child marriage would cut population growth and boost girls’ educational achievements and earning ability By Emma Batha Reuters LONDON, June 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Child marriage will cost developing countries trillions of dollars by 2030, seriously hampering global efforts to eradicate poverty, the World Bank said on Tuesday. Ending child marriage would cut population growth and boost girls’ educational achievements and earning ability, boosting national prosperity, according to a… FACTBOX – The hidden… Read More »

Work for the dole racially discriminatory in remote areas, inquiry told

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Community development program forces Indigenous Australians into what should be fully paid jobs, legal groups say Helen Davidson in Darwin The Guardian The federal government’s remote work-for-the-dole scheme is racially discriminatory and fails to address the key issues behind high unemployment in remote Indigenous communities, legal… The Human Rights Law Centre and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency both provided submissions to the… Work for the… Read More »

China releases Nobel laureate Liu with terminal cancer

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China’s jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer told AFP on June… Hurriyet Liu, who had about three years of his 11-year sentence to serve, was diagnosed on May 23 and was released days later, said lawyer Mo… The 61-year-old democracy campaigner was being treated at a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang. “He has no special… China releases Nobel… Read More »

Charlie Flanagan: We cannot let respect for judiciary erode

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Populism and political opportunism is a threat to one of the pillars of our Constitution Charlie Flanagan The Irish Times This week I will introduce the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill in the Dáil. It seeks to modernise the process for nominating judges and gives effect to a commitment in the programme for government. It is part of a broader process of modernisation and change that has taken place right across government and the Oireachtas in recent… The introduction of… Charlie ... Read More »

‘Democracies Die Behind Closed Doors’:

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The chilling parallels between the ‘Munich Conference’ and the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ According to the celebrated American judge, Damon J. Keith, ‘democracies die behind closed doors’.  (Source: Detroit Free Press v Ashcroft, 303 F. 3d 681, Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2002.) Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 26 June 2017 Judge Keith articulated his memorable dictum as a means of justifying the cherished principle of open justice. Nevertheless, his dictum is likewise capable of being applied in other ... Read More »

A tougher language test would punish women like my mother, who have lost everything

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My mother studied Australian history and politics for months to pass the citizenship test. It was painful, to say the least Abdul Karim Hekmat The Guardian It’s easy for an English-speaking, white politician to legislate a language test for Australian citizenship that even someone born in Australia would find hard to pass. The biggest impact would be on migrants or refugees – my mother, for example. Khal Bibi Hekmat never… A tougher language… Read More »

Euthanasia by text? Michelle Carter case impacts more than just free speech

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In 2014, Michelle Carter, then 17, used text messages to ‘encourage’ her 18-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy III to kill himself. Philip Nitschke * Brisbane Times Roy was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck. While the dust is still settling from this month’s decision by a Massachusetts judge to convict the young ”suicide texter” of involuntary manslaughter, the reaction on the social media has been swift and… Euthanasia by text… Read More »

Bosnian Students Unite Against Ethnically Divided Schools

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One down, 57 to go. That’s the scorecard students in the town of Jajce in Bosnia-Herzegovina held after their protests pushed the government to drop plans to force them into an ethnically divided school after a year-long… Alan Crosby RFE/RL Flush with that success, the students have vowed to continue their struggle against segregation in 57 other schools, claiming the system fosters ethnic tensions from an early… “We want quality… Bosnian Students Unite… Read More »