Human rights

Taking human rights from regional WA to the international stage

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In her new role with Amnesty International, Tammy Solonec is taking the human rights issues that she witnessed during her childhood in remote and regional WA, to an international forum. Tammy’s family background is with the Nyikina people from the Derby in the West Kimberley. Although she left the Kimberley when she was quite young, she still recognises her family ... Read More »

‘Palikari,’ a Greek migrant’s story destined to echo in eternity

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The documentary was filmed in a number of locations, including Oakland, California, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Chicago, Illinois. The filmmakers also visited a number of sites in Colorado, where the Ludlow Massacre took place. These included Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs It could have been a scene from Orthodox Easter anywhere in Greece: Relatives, friends and co-workers gathering ... Read More »

Four Chinese rights lawyers allege torture by police

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Lawyers were investigating detention centre in Jiansanjiang when they say they were seized and beaten Tang Jitian recalls being taken into a room, his head covered in a black hood, and hearing the sound of a rope being pulled. The handcuffs behind him were jerked upward and soon he was dangling in the air. “I got hoisted with my head ... Read More »

UN representative says UK has ‘sexist culture’

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The UK has a “boys’ club sexist culture”, the UN’s spokeswoman on violence against women has said. Rashida Manjoo is on a visit to the UK, studying its approach to the issue. She described the over-sexualisation of females as “pervasive” and raised fears that sexual bullying and harassment in schools was routine. The Home Office said the government was committed ... Read More »

Jesus Lived in a Police State

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“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Those living through this present ... Read More »

Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave

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Father-of-two’s family told them about his situation while in departure lounge – and they took the only action they could A man facing deportation from Sweden has been granted a temporary reprieve after fellow passengers aboard his flight to Iran prevented it from taking off by refusing to fasten their seat belts. A Kurd fearing persecution in his home country ... Read More »

Syrian government blocking aid to millions of refugees

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I recently traveled to the Bab Al-Salam camp in northwestern Syria, so why couldn’t the aid trucks? My journey from the Turkish border to this makeshift site housing more than 16,000 displaced Syrians took only 10 minutes on foot. Yet, when I arrived at the camp, the absence of basic assistance couldn’t have been clearer. Children were playing in and ... Read More »