Human Rights

Vanishing Act: The Disappearance of Refugee Aid in Belgrade

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A surreal feeling washed over me as I entered the white building behind the city’s main bus station for the first time. Posted by Christiana Botic in Fulbright National Geographic Stories An abandoned, windowless place hidden in plain sight. Belgrade was all gray outside with winter fast approaching. I… Vanishing Act: The… Read More »

We Can Still Uphold Human Rights In A Post-Truth World

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Human rights are everybody’s rights. The Huffington Post Claire Mallinson It’s natural to feel concern for the state of human rights, following the result of the U.S. presidential election, Brexit, and the rise elsewhere of populist, authoritarian regimes and political parties. The underlying sentiments and the… We Can Still Uphold Human Rights In… Read More »

‘Turkey is like Germany after 1933’

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More and more Turks are applying for political asylum in Germany. Deutsche Welle Volker Witting They feel threatened and repressed by the Erdogan government, and they fear for their lives. Most applicants are Kurds, like… ‘Turkey is like… Read More »

MICHAEL RUBIN: WILL ERDOGAN BRING ASSASSINATIONS HERE?

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Turkey already conducts operations in the U.S. against those with whom Erdogan disagrees. Newsweek Michael Rubin Turkey has never been known for its respect for human rights, but one of the most troubling aspects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule has been Turkey’s increasing aggressiveness toward dissidents and political opponents, not… MICHAEL RUBIN: WILL ERDOGAN BRING ASSASSINATIONS HERE? Read More »

North Korea satellite images show prison camps accused of ‘atrocities’

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Pyongyang has denied the existence of kwanliso prison camps, where the UN says inmates have faced starvation, forced labor, torture and rape The Guardian Amanda Holpuch New satellite images of North Korean prison camps have been released, showing the continued existence of political prison camps described by the United Nations as being used to perpetrate “unspeakable atrocities”. North Korea’s government denies such… North Korea satellite images show… Read More »

Seeing Ms Dhu: how photographs argue for human rights

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Ms Dhu was a 22-year-old Yamatji woman who died in custody in the South Hedland Police Station in August 2014. The Conversation Arrested for unpaid fines, she was already suffering from pneumonia and septicaemia caused by a broken rib, inflicted by her partner some months earlier. She became very ill overnight… Seeing Ms Dhu: how photographs argue for… Read More »

Child protection: a fresh start

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Government of South Australia’s response to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission report: The life they deserve Australian Policy Online Children and young people have a fundamental right to grow up happy and cared for, to be kept safe from harm and to be supported to fulfil their potential. The government’s response, ‘A Fresh Start,’ aims to… Child protection… Read More »

Section 18C ‘debate’: Human rights as a political distraction

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Repealing Section 18C has the potential to legitimise and magnify the racist hate-speech that Australian people of colour already have to deal with, writes Brooke Murphy. Independent Australia Brooke Murphy RECENTLY, various politicians and media outlets have been contributing to the “debate” surrounding Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. Arguments against Section 18C centre on… Section 18C ‘debate’: Human rights as… Read More »

Politicians warned to tone down Brexit talk by equality body

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has written to the UK’s political parties telling them to tone down their Brexit rhetoric. The Scotsman By JACK MAIDMENT The letter suggests there needs to be a discussion about British values as the Government looks to formalise the… Politicians warned to… Read More »

Claims of inappropriate touching, petty theft in NT children’s group home

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Staff members inappropriately touched children at a residential care home in the Northern Territory, a former worker has alleged. ABC Alex Barwick Helen (not her real name), who worked for an organisation she declined to name in 2014, told the ABC she saw a fellow staff member inappropriately touching children in one of the group homes the organisation managed. Despite taking her concerns to management, she claims they… Claims of inappropriate touching, petty theft in… Read More »

White Ribbon Day: Territorians march over ‘poison’ of violence against women

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Six hundred people have marched at White Ribbon Day events in Darwin and Alice Springs, to stand against the scourge of violence continuing to threaten the lives of women. ABC Dijana Damjanovic Sixty-eight balloons were released a ceremony in Alice Springs, in memory of the women who have already died from domestic violence this year in Australia. In both Alice Springs and Darwin, about 300 people joined in… White Ribbon Day: Territorians march over… Read More »

#ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more important now than ever

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  The announcement this week that the Pope will allow priests to grant forgiveness for the “sin” of abortion is yet another reason why women should continue to shout about theirs, writes Jane Caro. ABC Jane Caro I have had a fairly typical reproductive history for a heterosexual woman of my era — two children, a miscarriage and an abortion. I have always spoken openly about… #ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more... Read More »

Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s Australian half brother

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Peter Dutton, the minister for crimmigration and incrimmigration, has a distaste and contempt for refugees that borders on hate, writes contributing editor-at-large, Tess Lawrence. Independent Australia Tess Lawrence PETER DUTTON IS PROOF THAT DONALD J. TRUMP has a half-brother living in Australia. The fascist, white supremacist ideology at the core of… Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s… Read More »

Duterte Harry

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At a government press conference, a grandstanding British journalist admonished Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, stating to the President of the Philippines that ‘the social fabric of the Philippines was at risk’ due to the wave of suspicious murders of drug suspects across the country. On Line Opinion William Hill For dramatic effect, the journalist somewhat self-indulgently praised his own bravery in risking a street side execution, merely for questioning Duterte. Critics of President Duterte’s war on… Duterte Harry… Read More »

‘There’s definitely a global movement to eradicate women’s rights’: Garbage singer Shirley Manson

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Shirley Manson, frontwoman of 90s indie band Garbage, is bewildered. ABC Monique Schafter “Why any woman would want to divorce themselves from the idea of equality is beyond my understanding,” she told 7.30. She is reflecting on the current state of… ‘There’s definitely a global movement to… Read More »

Myanmar wants ethnic cleansing of Rohingya – UN official

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Myanmar is seeking the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya minority from its territory, a senior UN official has told the BBC. Armed forces have been killing Rohingya in Rakhine state, forcing many to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, says John McKissick of the… Myanmar wants ethnic… Read More »