Human Rights

Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs: We want children out of detention

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Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs wants all children released from detention, including Nauru, saying Australia is responsible for the welfare of the children it is detaining. Comment: Keeping children in detention doesn’t stop people smugglers On Friday, a draft of the commission’s inquiry into children in detention was provided to the immigration department. The inquiry has heard from workers ... Read More »

Nauru staff report persistent child abuse and self-harm, leaked documents show

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Exclusive: minutes of meetings and an intelligence report obtained by Guardian Australia reveal regular concerns about child protection and self harm in detention centres  Jump to comments Staff at Nauru detention centres have reported persistent acts of child abuse and self harm within the offshore camps over several months, a series of leaked documents obtained by Guardian Australia reveal. A Save ... Read More »

Vanessa Redgrave premiers documentary on Bosnia labor rights

Actress Vanessa Redgrave arrives for the world premiere of the documentary "Bosnia Rising" in Sarajevo

British actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave premiered a documentary late on Friday made with her son about a workers’ uprising in Bosnia this year that typifies the pain of post-communist transition in eastern Europe. “Bosnia Rising” centers on the fight to save a detergent factory in the northern Bosnian town of Tuzla, once a hub for the metals and chemicals ... Read More »

Turkish President Proclaims “I Am Increasingly Against the Internet Every Day”

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A very significant and dangerous trend has been accelerating in recent weeks. This trend consists of leaders throughout the globe coming out and blatantly calling for censorship and restrictions on free speech. Of course, in so-called Western democracies, the leaders have to be more subtle and nuanced in their approach. They can’t just come out and say they hate the internet. ... Read More »

Burqa ban a political excuse for persecution

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Even before the embarrassing back-down there were problems. For starters, it’s not a burqa. A burqa is that particularly Afghan garment, usually blue, with the mesh covering the eyes. The one you’ve seen on the news (or perhaps on Jacqui Lambie’s Facebook page), but almost certainly never in Australia. We’re talking about the niqab, common in the Gulf and worn ... Read More »

Will devolution scupper Conservative plans for a “British” Bill of Rights?

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In his speech at yesterday’s Conservative Party conference, the Prime Minister confirmed that the party’s 2015 election manifesto will include a commitment to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and replace it with a “British Bill of Rights”. Last night, however, The Scotsman newspaper quoted a Scotland Office spokesman as saying that the change would not apply in Scotland. According to the article, ... Read More »

Asylum seekers say they were raped and tortured after Australia sent them back to Sri Lanka

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Asylum seekers returned from Australia to Sri Lanka say they have since been raped and tortured in their homeland. A number of asylum seekers spoke to SBS reporter Dr David Corlett about their experiences since the Australian government rejected their refugee claims and sent them back to Sri Lanka. They said they were asked whether they were members of the Tamil Tigers, ... Read More »

“What’s in a name”? Privacy and anonymous speech on the Internet

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Keynote speech by Lord Neuberger at 5 RB Conference on the Internet, 30 September 2014 The President of the Supreme Court has delivered a very interesting address on the protections that should be afforded to what might be termed the “new Fourth Estate” – journalism on the internet. The following summary does not do justice to his speech but is ... Read More »

Australia could send 100 babies to detention centres


An 11-month old baby born to asylum seekers in Australia has been declared an “unlawful maritime arrival” and does not have the right to stay in the country, in a landmark ruling that could see 100 other babies sent to off-shore detention centres. Baby Ferouz Myuddin, born in Brisbane to an asylum seeker from Burma, could be sent to a ... Read More »