Human Rights

The rising private use of drones should prompt a rethink of our privacy laws

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Unlike many modern democracies, Australia has no right to privacy enshrined in law. This lacuna is coming into increasingly sharp focus with the rise of the private use of drones equipped with cameras and microphones. In the absence of a right to privacy, and in circumstances where legal protection against surveillance by individuals is ill-equipped to deal with emerging technologies, ... Read More »

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to go hard against domestic violence

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”Real men don’t hit women.” Dawn Fraser joins smartwatch campaign to protect women Malcolm Turnbull will make Australia’s disturbingly high rates of violence against women his first order of business, declaring “real men don’t hit women” and that the scourge that has already accounted for 63 deaths this year has been “overlooked for too long”. The Age – Mark Kenny, ... Read More »

EU governments push through divisive deal to share 120,000 refugees

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Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania vote against the decision to impose quotas, as lack of consensus threatens to feed resentment The Guardian - Ian Traynor in Brussels European governments have pushed through by majority vote a divisive deal to share 120,000 refugees after clashing over whether the quotas would be imposed on reluctant countries or left to be accepted ... Read More »

Journalists’ release but a first step, says rights group

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The human rights group Liberty Victoria is overjoyed at the news of the release of two journalists from an Egyptian prison. Al Jazeera staff Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy were pardoned by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and released from prison in Cairo yesterday. Liberty President George Georgiou SC said today, “Images of the men being reunited with their families are ... Read More »

Has Australia ever had a humane asylum policy?

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Australia’s current asylum policy is often compared with the country’s more humanitarian past. Many have accused today’s government of defying a proud humanitarian tradition of welcoming persecuted people. “We used to be better than this”, the critics cry. They are referring to a more compassionate time when the Australian public welcomed asylum seekers and “took pity despite our misgivings”. The ... Read More »

Ignoring Sexual Abuse in Afghanistan

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The incidents of sexual assault on children described by American service members who served in Afghanistan are sickening. Boys screaming in the night as Afghan police officers attacked them. Three or four Afghan men found lying on the floor of a room at a military base with children between them, presumably for sex play. The New York Times – By ... Read More »

Has Turkey Become a Fascist State?

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Seventy years after the defeat of Nazi Germany, fascism has reemerged with a vengeance. This resurgence can be seen all over Europe and the former Soviet bloc, perhaps most notably in Ukraine where Nazism masquerading as nationalist patriotism has effectively embedded itself in the political and military institutions of the country, all with the backing of the United States and ... Read More »

America’s Autumn of Islamophobia

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After a summer of advocating for religious freedom, U.S. conservatives suddenly shift to voicing troubling views about Muslims. The Atlantic David A. Graham The United States seems poised to follow up its summer of religious freedom with an autumn of Islamophobia. Last week, in New Hampshire, Donald Trump was questioned by a man who said President Obama was a foreign ... Read More »