Human Rights

Nauru child abuse claims: No staff charged despite 30 allegations of asylum seekers being abused

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Not a single staff member accused of abusing a child asylum seeker at Nauru has been charged for an offence and the centre’s operator cannot guarantee the security of detainees, a Senate inquiry has heard. The Age – Nicole Hasham, Environment and immigration correspondent It also emerged on Monday that on-the-job staff drug testing is not conducted at Nauru, despite allegations of guards ... Read More »

Terrorists and oligarchs fight back

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New court challenges threaten a key political tool in the crisis. Politico - By James Panichi, Nicholas Hirst and Quentin Ariès The EU’s main weapon for punishing pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarchs has come under fire from a group of businessmen who have filed several new court challenges to a blacklist that has frozen their assets and interests in Europe. The multiple legal appeals argue ... Read More »

Refugee’s mental health untreated in detention before tasered outside parliament, court hears

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A refugee with severe mental health issues received an “appalling” lack of treatment in immigration detention before being tasered outside Parliament House, where he’d gone to tell politicians he was a prophet. The Canberra Times - Christopher Knaus, Reporter for The Canberra Times. Alidad Haqjoe, 27, has now been returned to Villawood immigration detention centre after being dragged through six ... Read More »

Australia should step up to defend human rights in Egypt

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Australia should demonstrate its international human rights leadership by leading action at the Human Rights Council to address the urgent human right situation in Egypt, human rights organisations said in a joint letter to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Egyptians are witnessing the most serious human rights crisis in decades. The Human Rights Law Centre, along with the Human Rights Council ... Read More »

Suffering For Cyprus

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This photograph of a sorrowful young refugee holding his missing parents’ wedding photograph has haunted me ever since I first saw it, at the age of five. When in my youthful imagination I could barely just conceive of the idea of being abandoned or losing one’s parents, I would become overwhelmed with fear and cry. Agora Dialogue - Dean Kalimniou ... Read More »

Crusading Phuketwan website shut down as journalists face Thai court

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Malaysia’s jungle death camps reveal grim discoveries Thai PM jokes he has power to ‘execute’ journalists Australian journalist Alan Morison has been forced to shut down his crusading news website in Thailand as he and a Thai colleague face trial on serious criminal charges on Tuesday. The Sydney Morning Herald – Lindsay Murdoch, South-East Asia correspondent for Fairfax Media The ... Read More »

Calling Nauru to account

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While the Australian government has been paying Nauru millions of dollars to house asylum seekers in detention facilities, the island nation’s government has been brazenly dismantling the rule of law, crushing free speech, detaining political opponents and generally acting like an autocracy on steroids. Nauru’s leaders have been accused of accepting bribes and fostering corruption, and for more than a year, ... Read More »

Journalists Facing Jail in Thailand Need More Help, Says Rights Group

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PHUKET: One of Australia’s oldest and best-regarded human rights organisations, Liberty Victoria, is urging renewed Australian action over the ”harsh media crackdown” in Thailand. Phuketwan - By Liberty Victoria media release The Liberty Victoria media release reads as follows: THE Federal Government is urged to redouble its efforts to help an Australian journalist and his colleague facing charges of criminal ... Read More »

Peter Kelso fights for victims of ‘state-sanctioned slave labour’ in NSW

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Woman tells of abuse in Parramatta Girls’ ‘dungeon’ Peter Kelso kept his secret for years. Among other lawyers, having been a ward of the state was embarrassing, even shameful. Certainly it was almost unheard of among the privileged profession. The Sydney Morning Herald – Amy Corderoy, Health Editor, Sydney Morning Herald But now he is proud of his background. He ... Read More »

The Dominican Republic Must Stop Expulsions of Haitians

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A HUMAN rights crisis is unfolding on the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The New York Times – By ROXANNA ALTHOLZ and LAUREL E. FLETCHER The Dominican Republic is threatening to drive out hundreds of thousands of Haitians who live and work in the Dominican Republic. Many of them came to work in ... Read More »