Human Rights

Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detention

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Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detentionEvery Australian prime minister from John Howard onwards should be investigated for crimes against humanity in relation to the indefinite detention of asylum seekers, according to a group of international… Heath Aston The Sydney Morning Herald The group of seven British, American and Australian lawyers, which includes high-profile barrister and refugee advocate Julian Burnside, has petitioned the International Criminal Court to investigate the treatment of asylum seekers ... Read More »

Gretchen Carlson: My Fight Against Sexual Harassment

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I’ve never been a good sleeper, but now more than ever, after having lost my job as a news anchor this past summer, I find myself lying awake at night thinking about my daughter — and your daughters, too. By GRETCHEN CARLSON I’ve been asking myself this simple question: Will our girls finally be the… Gretchen Carlson: My… Read More »

Amnesty can return to Moscow office after eviction: Russian rights official

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MOSCOW: Amnesty International, a strong critic of Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, will be able to return to its office in Moscow after being evicted for alleged non-payment of rent, Russia’s state human rights council said Thursday. Reuters Staff at Amnesty’s Moscow office had told Reuters Wednesday that they arrived at work to find the locks had been changed, official seals placed over the doors and the… Amnesty can return to… Read More »

Media Sauce: Why is The Australian fixated on 18C?

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There’s plenty of bigotry about and a lot of it flows from the pages of the News Corp media, especially The Australian, says political editor Dr Martin Hirst. Martin Hirst Why does The Australian want the right to be bigoted? I’VE BEEN wanting to catch up with The Australian’s recent and ongoing campaigning about freedom of speech, press freedom and… Media Sauce: Why… Read More »

Italy abused migrants’ rights due to EU pressure, Amnesty says

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Italy has committed human rights abuses that may amount to torture in some isolated cases as it tries to process the tens of thousands of migrants and refugees arriving by boat, Amnesty International says. Italy’s Interior Ministry had no immediate comment on the Amnesty report, which included allegations of beatings, electric shocks and… Italy abused migrants… Read More »

Turkey detains top staff of Cumhuriyet daily

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At least 12 Cumhuriyet employees affected by decision described by government as arising from probe launched in August. Turkish police have detained at least a dozen people working for the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, according to news-media reports. Cumhuriyet said that along with Murat Sabuncu, the… Turkey detains top… Read More »

Could a mild outbreak of humanity be behind the Coalition’s cynical new asylum politics?

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Given the government might be about to present some refugees on Nauru and Manus with an opportunity to get out of limbo, perhaps it’s best we don’t look too closely while they mask it with deranged, macho theatrics Katharine Murphy Inside the Coalition, there is a strong expectation that the government will shortly unveil a third country resettlement deal to try and… Could a mild… Read More »

Same old rhetoric cannot justify banning refugees from Australia

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The federal government has announced that asylum seekers attempting to reach Australia by boat will never be allowed to enter the country on any permanent or temporary visa, including a tourist visa. Alex Reilly This applies to all of the 2500 asylum seekers who have been detained on Nauru or Manus Island at one time or another since the… Same old rhetoric… Read More »

Taskforce to Take Action To Protect Migrant Workers

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A newly established Migrant Workers’ Taskforce, set up by the federal government, has agreed to a program of action to deal with the exploitation of migrant workers in Australia’s workplaces. Lina Caneva, Editor Minister for Employment Senator Michaelia Cash said the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce was set up to bolster the government’s efforts to protect at-risk workers. Chaired by Professor Allan Fels AO, the… Read More »

Asylum seekers face lifetime ban from entering Australia if they arrive by boat

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New law to include refugees and will apply to any adult sent to Manus Island or Nauru since July 2013 Gareth Hutchens The Turnbull government plans to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever being allowed into Australia. The ban will apply to any adult who has been sent to… Asylum seekers face… Read More »

If we’re serious about gender equality, we need more women in leadership roles

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Women still believe there are greater benefits to being male, according to new research, despite significant improvements in gender equality. Melissa Wheeler Victor Sojo This finding may come as something of a surprise, because it many ways women are doing better than… If we’re serious… Read More »

“Can Cyprus Become A United Country?”

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Lecture At Cyprus University “Greece is the Mother of Democracy.  South Africa is its youngest daughter”. By: George Bizos SC * So said Nelson Mandela shortly after his release after twenty seven years of imprisonment. His answer to the question would have been “yes, it can”. He was no stranger to Hellenism. He was a graduate of Arts and Law. He played the role of Creon in Sophocles’s play “Antigone” whilst in prison. He had read Plato, Thucydides, Aristotle, Zenon and ... Read More »

Doctor studying sexual abuse says we need to change our social response to perpetrators

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THE thought of giving a sex offender a second chance is a hard pill to swallow. Why should they be given the opportunity to move on in life, after taking the innocence away from another person; particularly a child. But Andrew Frost, who has been working alongside both offenders and victims for the… Doctor studying sexual… Read More »

Calais migrants: France begins to clear ‘Jungle’ camp

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More than 1,200 police and officials in France have begun an operation to clear the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais. The camp has been housing at least 7,000 people in squalid conditions. Migrants queued peacefully to be processed, and the… Calais migrants: France… Read More »

Humanizing Our Militarized Border

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The recent Encuentro (or Encounter) At the Border in the middle of Ambos Nogales — the term used to consider Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, as one community — was a wonderful distraction from the Donald and Hillary Show, which may be the most tiresome and preposterous encuentro in American political history. by JOHN GRANT For two days, from north and south, people trekked to the two Nogaleses to participate in the gatherings and… Humanizing Our Militarized… Read More »

South Africa to withdraw from war crimes court

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South Africa has formally begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), notifying the UN of its decision. South Africa did not want to execute ICC arrest warrants which would lead to “regime change”, a minister said. Last year, a… South Africa to… Read More »