Human Rights

Letter to BBC

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Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

WA election 2017: Pledge to lift limits on child abuse victims seeking damages

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The Barnett Government has promised to introduce legislation to scrap the six-year statute of limitations on when victims of child abuse can take civil against their perpetrators or institutions if it is re-elected. Nicolas Perpitch ABC Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberals would also remove limitation periods for serious physical abuse. The statute of limitations restricts when… WA election 2017: Pledge to lift… Read More »

In light of dangerous inequality, it’s time for “dangerous unselfishness”

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Nearly 50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, his words ring more clearly than… Minor Sinclair is the director of Oxfam’s US program Oxfam The year my (white) family moved to Auburn, Alabama was the year that the school system was desegregated. It was 1971. I entered the… In light of... Read More »

Pro-reform group criticises arrests in Amman

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Lawyers say activists held in “political witch-hunt” but government justifies the arrests on grounds of… Ali Younes Al Jazeera The lawyer for one of several anti-corruption activists detained recently by Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate has demanded the immediate release of his client, saying that he… Pro-reform group… Read More »

Will Cyprus be reunified?

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THE formal split of Cyprus dates to Turkey’s invasion of the island in 1974, which followed a Greece-inspired coup aimed at enosis (union with Greece). The Economist Since then Cyprus has been divided between the Greek-Cypriot republic in the south, a full member of the UN and the… Will Cyprus be… Read More »

The slave trade made Scotland rich. Now we must pay our blood-soaked debts

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The Caribbean countries that our forefathers so ruthlessly exploited are asking for financial reparations. Let’s not deepen our shame by refusing them The Guardian At the turn of the year, after the giving, receiving and splurging are over, eyes turn wearily to outstanding bills, upcoming liabilities and the settling of accounts. This year, thanks to… The slave trade made… Read More »

Rodrigo Duterte approves free contraception in mostly Catholic Philippines for millions

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order directing government agencies to provide contraception to 6 million Filipino women who don’t have access to birth control and other… The Washington Post The Canberra Times The executive order implements a landmark legislation signed by Mr… Rodrigo Duterte approves… Read More »

Bangladeshi proposal on child marriage is step backwards

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If parliament approves changes to a law to allow girls below 18 to be wed in ‘special cases’, this is an alarming move says global alliance Reuters Asia Times Bangladesh will be taking a step backwards in efforts to end child marriage if parliament approves changes to a law which would permit girls below 18 to be married in “special cases,” a global alliance of charities said on Thursday. The poor South Asian nation has… Bangladeshi proposal on child… Read More »

An Open Letter to a Minister of the Crown

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OPEN LETTER For the immediate attention of The Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, London By email to: fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk 11 January 2017 Dear Sir Alan Re: The Republic of Cyprus, the ‘talks’ in Geneva, the role of Parliament in Westminster & other related matters I have written this open letter in connection with the above matters.  I have done so in my capacity as a citizen of the United Kingdom and as a citizen of the ... Read More »

Cyprus reunification talks: Everything you need to know about one of the world’s most intractable disputes

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It has been described as “the moment of truth” for one of the world’s most intractable territorial disputes. Nick Squires, Rome  Telegraph Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders are meeting in Geneva this week to try to reach a deal on the political reunification of the Mediterranean island, more than 40 years after it… Cyprus reunification talks… Read More »

Ethiopia: Ethnic nationalism and the Gondar protests

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An analysis on what the rising ethnic nationalism among the historically powerful Amhara means for the country’s future. Kalkidan Yibeltal Al Jazeera News Amba Giorgis, Ethiopia – Etenesh* sits alone on a worn cow skin in her mud-walled home in Amba Giorgis, a small Ethiopian market town in the northerly Amhara region. Her husband, a merchant… Ethiopia: Ethnic nationalism… Read More »

Romania’s corruption fight is a smokescreen to weaken its democracy

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Turning a blind eye to this abuse of power risks encouraging other European nations to follow its example David Clark The Guardian The recent rise of the populist right in Hungary and Poland has raised the alarm about the future of democracy in Europe, as constitutional safeguards, media pluralism and civil society come under sustained attack. But there is another threat… Romania’s corruption fight… Read More »

The ‘Intellectual Partition’ of Cyprus, the ‘Macmillan Doctrine’ and the talks held in Geneva in August 1974 and January 2017

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In his seminal book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the virtues associated with justice, as well as the vices inherent in injustice. Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 9 January 2017 In this context, Aristotle engages in a deep discussion as to the two types of transaction into which a party may enter. On the one hand, there are just transactions into which a party may enter voluntarily. On the other hand, there are unjust transactions, which may come ... Read More »

Slavery thrives in the gaps between our knowledge

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The power to end exploitation is already in our hands, Liberty Asia’s Duncan Jepson says. Duncan Jepson Asia Times What holds us back is the lack of basic data needed to make the right decisions. The much quoted… Slavery thrives in… Read More »

SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Medieval explanation on women’s rights over their own bodies

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Driving along the N25 towards the Rosslare ferry in Co Wexford, we pass a slightly homemade looking billboard. 250,000 lives saved by the 8th, it says. Suzanne Harrington Irish Examiner Daughter asks what this means. The 8th of what, she… SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Medieval… Read More »

Slavery thrives in the gaps between our knowledge

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The power to end exploitation is already in our hands, Liberty Asia’s Duncan Jepson says. Duncan Jepson Asia Times What holds us back is the lack of basic data needed to make the right decisions. The much quoted line by… Slavery thrives in the… Read More »