Human Rights

Hunger striker ‘separated from brother’

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REFUGEE advocates claim an asylum seeker near death in a Perth hospital after a lengthy hunger strike has been “cruelly” separated from his older brother. AAP – Herald Sun SAEED Hassanloo, a 25-year-old Iranian, has reportedly refused to eat for almost 40 days to protest his four-and-a-half years in immigration detention. Refugee Rights Action Network spokeswoman Victoria Martin said Mr ... Read More »

Abuses against refugees at Aussie-paid detention camp ‘known by govt for years’

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RT - Staff members at the Nauru refugee detention center, where Australia keeps its asylum seekers, spoke about violations including rapes as early as November 2013. They are reportedly prepared to testify before parliament. The workers will speak before a senate committee, which has been tasked with getting to the bottom of the issue amid mass protests against immigrant treatment ... Read More »

Why won’t we share our lucky country with asylum seekers?

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Only the most courageous and vulnerable people get on rickety boats in search of safety, yet we treat them like criminals. The Sydney Morning Herald - Julian Burnside There is something indecent about the idea that, in order to prevent asylum seekers from drowning at sea in their attempt to reach safety, you punish the ones who don’t drown. Yet, ... Read More »

Government knew of abuse on Nauru months before it acted, staff to allege

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Current and former workers at asylum seeker detention centre are prepared to tell Senate inquiry that the government was aware of abuse before Moss report The Guardian – Ben Doherty @bendohertycorro Current and former workers on Nauru are preparing to tell a Senate inquiry that the government knew of allegations of sexual abuse and assault of asylum seekers in the island’s detention ... Read More »

What makes a life? It’s more than just breathing

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When all the things that we live for are denied us, never to return, we should be able to be assisted to depart. The Age - Julie Landvogt “Dying with dignity” … the idea should be reframed. What about “living with dignity”, and when that is no longer possible, it’s time to make an end. My mother is a Holocaust survivor; ... Read More »

Concerns for human rights of suspected poaching vessel’s crew

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EA Shepherd has called on Malaysian authorities who have detained a Nigerian flagged vessel, suspected of illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean, to investigate possible violations of its crew’s human rights. BRUCE MOUNSTER MERCURY The activist group understands that the Viking has been detained in Malaysia with 18 crew on board – one Chilean, two Peruvian and 15 Indonesian citizens ... Read More »

50 Years Later… Once More, Nonviolence

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“Once more the method of nonviolent resistance was unsheathed from its scabbard, and once again an entire community was mobilized to confront the adversary.” –Martin Luther King Jr. The Huffington Post – Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer, The King Center On Wednesday, I stood on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery before thousands of people and repeated these ... Read More »

Myanmar’s Kokang refugees caught between army, aged warlord and a pipeline to China

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Nansan, China: When news of the military’s rapid advance filtered through to the sugarcane plantations in the remote reaches of northern Myanmar, Ying Onn and her family made the decision to run. Brisbane Times – Philip Wen, China correspondent for Fairfax Media Gathering a few blankets and clothes, they joined a crowd of thousands fleeing by car, motorcycle and foot, all heading ... Read More »