Human Rights

Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia

During his visit to Yerevan, leader of the Catholic Church describes 1915 killing as great catastrophe of last century.. Pope Francis has denounced the mass killing of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman forces as “genocide”, risking strong reaction from Turkey as he met Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan… Source: Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad

Amy Remeikis Queensland’s abortion debate is heating up in the backrooms of Parliament, ahead of the review into whether the procedure should be decriminalised, with calls for “fact and reason” to over-ride “hysteria and emotion”. The state’s abortion law has remained relatively unchanged since 1899, with amendments focussing on attempts to protect medical professionals from criminal charges, rather than removing the procedure from the criminal code… Source: ‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad Read More »

We need to talk about Manus before Australia votes

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Australian politicians are studiously ignoring the reality that the PNG Supreme Court’s 26 April ruling that the detention of asylum seekers in Manus was illegal and unconstitutional will force a change to the offshore processing policy and remove a key plank of Australia’s deterrence strategy in managing irregular migration… Source: We need to talk about Manus before Australia votes Read More »

Mehdi Savari: Actor, Prisoner, And Improbable Star Of Manus Island

Famous throughout the camp and the island, Mehdi’s dramatic skills have provided solace to the men imprisoned in Australia’s detention centre. On the night locals attacked the compound, his reputation may also have saved his life. Behrouz Boochani, a journalist detained on Manus, reports. I had not met him yet. I had only heard… Source: Mehdi Savari: Actor, Prisoner, And Improbable Star Of Manus Island – New Matilda Read More »

Asylum seekers: Dangerous voyage a test of decency

The fate of a small boat stranded in Indonesia with 44 Sri Lankans on board looms as a test of human decency, for Australia as much as Indonesian authorities. The vessel has been marooned almost a fortnight on the beach in Aceh Besar near the western port of Lhoknga, apparently after a perilous open ocean voyage from southern India. It is far from clear whether the men, women and children on board are seeking asylum from persecution, or – as ... Read More »

Australian psychologist gives account of life inside Manus Island and Nauru detention centres

An Australian psychologist who has worked at offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru gives an account of life inside the facilities.. Psychologist and traumatologist Paul Stevenson has treated field trauma for 25 years — including in the aftermath of the Bali bombings and the Boxing Day tsunami — and visited the Manus Island and Nauru offshore detention centres on 16 occasions, for two to three weeks at a time, between 2014 and 2015… Source: Australian psychologist gives account ... Read More »

Record 65.3 Million People Were Displaced Last Year: UNHCR

One in every 113 people on the planet is now a refugee.. GENEVA (Reuters) – A record 65.3 million people were uprooted worldwide last year, many of them fleeing wars only to face walls, tougher laws and xenophobia as they reach borders, the United Nations refugee agency said on Monday…. Source: Record 65.3 Million People Were Displaced Last Year: UNHCR Read More »

The worst I’ve seen – trauma expert lifts lid on ‘atrocity’ of Australia’s detention regime

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Exclusive: In his 43-year career, Paul Stevenson has worked in the aftermath of the Bali bombings and the Boxing Day tsunami but says nothing he witnessed was as bad as the treatment of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus.. In my entire career of 43 years I have never seen more atrocity than I have seen in the incarcerated situations of Manus Island and Nauru.”… Source: The worst I’ve seen – trauma expert lifts lid on ‘atrocity’ of Australia’s detention ... Read More »

The number of homeless children reached 2,177 in May

Number of minors in emergency accommodation rose by 79% in a year.. The number of homeless children and families continues to increase with the latest figures for last month showing there were 2,177 homeless children in 1,054 families homeless across the State last month. This represents a 79 per cent increase in the number of children in emergency accommodation since May 2015, and an 86 per cent increase in families… Source: The number of homeless children reached 2,177 in May Read More »

Pakistani province allocates $2m for transgender people

Funds come after a wave of attacks on the community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that prompted protests.. A Pakistani province has allocated nearly $2m for transgenders after a series of violent attacks, and officials say the money will be used to provide training and support for the vulnerable community… Source: Pakistani province allocates $2m for transgender people – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Chasing Asylum: A film by Eva Orner

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Reviewed by ARNOLD ZABLE Chasing Asylum is a visceral and confronting documentary which includes revealing, clandestine footage shot inside the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres. The images are reinforced by eye-witness accounts of former detention centre workers, and the observations of asylum seekers who have spent time inside the centres. Filmed by Oscar award-winning documentary maker, Eva Orner, it highlights the harsh conditions that asylum seekers have endured in offshore detention—and the punitive nature of a regime that breaks ... Read More »

Beating Turkey in court

A week after the European Court of Human Rights ruled for Turkey to pay over €14 million to a Greek heir in an Istanbul inheritance case, Ankara’s property woes continued yesterday in Strasbourg.. That is where the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers examined Ankara’s refusal to pay awarded damages by the ECHR with regard to 33 property cases in Turkish-held northern Cyprus. And even though justice is a slow process, Nicosia-based lawyer Achilleas Demetriades, who won the Greek case ... Read More »

How UN summit disappointed its Turkish hosts

On May 27, Al-Monitor ran a vivid report about the massive destruction from Turkish security operations in the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast. The story described how people gathered on tall buildings in Diyarbakir’s ancient district of Sur, hoping to locate their homes intact in devastated neighborhoods that are still off-limits to residents, while others scrambled to recover usable belongings or the bodies of relatives. According to the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), at least 550 civilians have been killed and ... Read More »

Why human rights and Christian faith aren’t always compatible

Is the Christian faith compatibale with modern human rights? A recent conflict between Amnesty International and the Roman Catholic Church in Northern Ireland has sparked questions as to whether the modern manifestation of human rights and the Christian faith can ever see eye-to-eye. Catholics in Northern Ireland don’t want this human rights charity speaking in their schools because their views on abortion are in conflict with the Church’s pro-life position. Their protest is not a dispute of the good that ... Read More »

Referendum required as UN move confirms abortion law is unsustainable

Human Rights Committee decision underlines Eighth Amendment is incompatible with human rights.. Ιn a decision that will not have come as a surprise to those who are attentive to either international human rights law or abortion law in Ireland, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has found that a woman’s rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights were violated by her having to travel for an abortion in a situation of fatal foetal abnormality… Source: Referendum required as ... Read More »

A modern-day slave in Australia’s suburbs

The Global Slavery Index says there could be thousands of people in Australia living in conditions amounting to slavery, but that despite a tightening of laws, prosecutions are rare. The BBC’s Phil Mercer spoke to one woman about her experiences. Susan’s (not her real name) story began when the family who employed her as a housekeeper moved back to Sydney from east Africa. She knew the family well and trusted them. They had always been kind and generous, so it ... Read More »