Human Rights

Break unjust laws and cut the working week

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SALLY MCMANUS, the newly elected secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, last night said – to the consternation of Malcolm Turnbull and various huffy media “commentators” – that it was alright to break unjust laws. John Passant Independent Australia The Fair Work Act, which makes it illegal for workers to strike outside a very narrow bargaining period, is one such unjust law. Workers could not… Break unjust laws… Read More »

Highlights From Court Ruling Halting Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

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Here are some highlights from Wednesday’s ruling by Judge Derrick K. Watson of United States District Court in Honolulu, who issued a… The New York Times The case was brought by the state of Hawaii and Ismail Elshikh, an American citizen of Egyptian descent who is an imam and a leader in… Addressing the government’s contention that the… Highlights From Court… Read More »

The hijab ruling is a ban on Muslim women

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Religious identity isn’t something you can take off in public. Iman Amrani The Guardian The European court of justice has turned the headscarf into a symbol of resistance This week’s decision… The hijab ruling… Read More »

Current regulations unable to control trade in products from slave labor, expert says.

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Leading expert on modern-day slavery Kevin Bales talks about the lack of tools available to stop the flow of money from consumers to networks facilitating human rights abuse and environmental destruction. Ana Aranha and João Diaz Mongbay Miners in Ghana, fishers in Bangladesh and loggers in Brazil have two things in common: many are vulnerable workers often submitted to slave-like conditions while engaging in an activity destructive to forests, rivers and… Current regulations unable… Read More »

UNICEF: 2016 was the worst year yet for Syrian children

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The number of Syrian children maimed, killed or recruited to fight increased dramatically over the past year. Al Jazeera News On a winter morning in January, Majed, 13, and his friend Omar, 11, were heading to a public park near their homes in eastern Aleppo to play and ride their bikes. It was only… UNICEF: 2016 was… Read More »

In Their Search For Asylum, Central Americans Find The U.S. Is Closing Its Doors

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Six times in recent days, Marco Antonio Cabachuela, his wife, Irma, and their 3-year-old, Valerie, walked up to federal immigration officers at the Hidalgo, Texas, port of entry and asked for asylum. John Burnett npr And every night, they returned to an immigrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, where men and women sit listlessly in a shady courtyard. “They rejected it… In Their Search… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

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Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim… George Williams The Sydney Morning Herald Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a… The idea has also been backed by prominent politicians including government MP George… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »

School standards drop as government pushes a politically correct program

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PARENTS should be worried about the LGBTI Safe Schools gender and sexuality program being forced on government schools by Daniel… Kevin Donnelly Herald Sun Add the fact, as reported in The Australian recently, that vulnerable teenagers with intellectual disabilities enrolled in Victorian special schools are also… Such was the furore… School standards drop… Read More »

Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming

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Thousands of female Romanian farm workers are suffering horrendous… Lorenzo Tondo and Annie Kelly The Guardian Every night for almost three years, Nicoleta Bolos lay awake at night on a dirty mattress in an outhouse in Sicily’s Ragusa province, waiting for the sound of footsteps outside the… As the hours passed, she braced… Raped, beaten, exploited… Read More »

Women leaders get boot for corruption while men skate

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(CNN) – If you want to fight corruption, elect a woman to office. Frida Ghitis CNN Then everyone will decide that corruption is utterly intolerable and fight it until the bitter end. Curiously, when men… Women leaders get… Read More »

Muting prayers is muting the Palestinian struggle

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While Israel pursues to silence the sound of prayer, the global community suppressed the Palestinian call for justice. Mariam Barghouti Al Jazeera News Driving the streets of the West Bank, you see Israeli-issued street signs reading, in Arabic, “Urshalaym”, the Hebrew word for Jerusalem instead of the Arabic namesake “Al-Quds”. Like most Palestinians… Muting prayers is… Read More »

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

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GENEVA — Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and… NICK CUMMING-BRUCE The New York Times The report, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, details how… U.N. Accuses Turkey… Read More »

Drivers of change

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Asia Times chats to industry leaders, Katryna Mojica and Tan Le, on their perspectives on gender in the workplace, and what is needed to improve lives for all Liu Hsiu Wen Asia Times For International Women’s Day this year, Asia Times interviewed two women leaders who have blazed trails in different fields – public relations and telecommunications. Katryna Mojica, Chief… Drivers of… Read More »

‘Crimes against humanity’ in Myanmar – UN rapporteur

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A top UN official says “crimes against humanity” are being committed by the military and police against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Jonah Fisher BBC News The UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, was speaking as part of a joint BBC Newsnight-BBC Our World investigation. Aung San Suu Kyi… ‘Crimes against humanity’… Read More »

Turkey-PKK conflict: UN report tells of ‘2,000 dead’ since truce collapse

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When a man in the Turkish town of Cizre was told his sister had been killed, his family was invited to pick up her remains from the… BBC But all they received were three small pieces of charred flesh – and no information on how she… His February 2016 account is included in a new UN report on… Turkey-PKK conflict: UN… Read More »

Study: LGBTQ+ individuals at high risk to be victims of violence

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are at high risk for being victims of physical and sexual assault, harassment, bullying, and hate crimes, according to a new study by RTI International. RTI International Eurek Alert In a newly published report, funded by RTI, RTI researchers analyzed 20 years’ worth of published studies on violence and the LGBTQ+ community, which included 102 peer-reviewed papers as well as a few unpublished… Study: LGBTQ+ individuals… Read More »