Human Rights

North Korea Warns South Of ‘Catastrophic Consequences’ After UN Human Rights Office Opens In Seoul

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North Korean officials said Thursday that they’d “reached a point of no return” in their relationship with South Korea. International Business Times – By Julia Glum @superjulia                    The comment, made in a statement by North Korea’s Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, came after South Korea opened a United Nations human rights office in Seoul to track what ... Read More »

Turning back the boats: our integrity lost at sea

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Australia has abandoned its principles, along with those seeking asylum here. The Age -Susan Metcalfe * The alleged authorisation of cash payments to people smugglers during a recent boat turn-back operation adds to a growing list of unethical and damaging “by hook or by crook” asylum-seeker strategies adopted by the Australian government since Tony Abbott came to office. Dubious activities ... Read More »

Stalling the lawyers who aid asylum seekers

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The only success in curbing mistreatment of refugees has been in the High Court. Now the government is targeting the lawyers who bring the cases. The Saturday Paper – Mike Seccombe When David Manne, executive director of Melbourne’s Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre, goes courting people with good hearts and deep pockets these days, he takes a prop with him. ... Read More »

People smuggling: our Government is committing crimes

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A lot has been said about whether our government paid people smugglers to return asylum seekers to Indonesia.  The evidence clearly suggests that it did. Julian Burnside Tony Abbott refused to deny that Australia had paid people smugglers, and said we would do whatever it takes to stop the boats.  Here he is on the Neil Mitchell programme on 3AW ... Read More »

A Civil-Rights Champion Was Lost in the Attack on Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

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The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, where a young white man reportedly shot and killed nine people Wednesday night, is an historic center of religious and social activism, with roots in anti-slavery and anti-segregation struggles going back two centuries and a contemporary commitment to the struggle against police brutality and economic injustice. The Nation - John Nichols The oldest ... Read More »

Asylum Seekers Lose Freedom Of Information Rights

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Asylum seekers have lost the right to access government documents held on them. Michael Brull reviews the latest onslaught against basic human rights. New Matilda – By Michael Brull * New Matilda has gained access to an email sent by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), stripping asylum seekers of basic rights: the right to Freedom of Information (FOI) ... Read More »

UN lashes Australian ‘contempt and hostility’ toward asylum seekers

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Indonesian Vice-President calls smuggler payments ‘bribes’ Sketch: Asylum seeker boats and truth? Comment: Australia and Indonesia both play domestic politics The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has delivered a withering critique of Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, saying he is bewildered by the “hostility and contempt” for them, including women and children, that is “so widespread among the ... Read More »

Myanmar to bar Rohingya from fleeing hunger and persecution

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Myanmar rejects responsibility for Rohingya refugees Thomas Fuller Sittwe:  The government of Myanmar says it is determined to stop the departures of migrants fleeing religious persecution in places like this bitterly divided port city, but it will not budge in its refusal to address the conditions driving the exodus across the sea. Tens of thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic ... Read More »