Human Rights

Turkey’s main Islamic human rights organization faces internal upheaval

Protesters from human rights organisation Mazlumder hold torches during a demonstration in Istanbul January 26, 2008. Students may soon be allowed to wear the Muslim headscarf in Turkish universities, a watershed for a devout, growing middle class that has long complained of discrimination against its faith. Picture taken on January 26, 2008. To match feature TURKEY-HEADSCARF  REUTERS/Fatih Saribas  (TURKEY) - RTR1WHXV

In Turkey, there are various human rights organizations dedicated to defend oppressed groups or individuals. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor One of them, Mazlumder, is unique, because it has explicitly Islamic credentials, unlike most others that are more secular. Yet the same… Turkey’s main Islamic… Read More »

China-Australia Extradition Treaty Collapses Amid Human Rights Concerns

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It fell apart not long after Barnaby Joyce insisted it was a “pretty safe deal”. Karen Barlow HuffPost CANBERRA – The Turnbull Government has shelved plans to enact an extradition treaty with China, under the combined opposition of Labor, the Greens, Nick Xenophon Team, former Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, and a… China-Australia Extradition… Read More »

Iraq’s new marginalised population

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Iraqi families with relatives affiliated to ISIL are struggling to find a place for themselves in their own country. Belkis Wille Al Jazeera News Across Iraq, as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) loses its territorial footholds, it is leaving behind entire populations terrorised by its fighters, but also a community of families tainted by their… Iraq’s new marginalised… Read More »

The humanitarian crisis: Australia fiddles while the world burns

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The Turnbull Government denies human rights to those who seek asylum while simultaneously lessening its efforts to prevent the conditions from which they wish to escape, writes Jake Watson. Jake Watson Independent Australia “We are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.” These are the… The humanitarian crisis… Read More »

Turnbull government reverses Myanmar stance to co-sponsor UN resolution on Rohingya Muslims

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The Turnbull government has abruptly reversed its opposition to an international investigation into atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, including mass rapes, torture and the… Lindsay Murdoch The Sydney Morning Herald The government has co-sponsored a resolution at the United Nation’s top human rights body in Geneva to send a… Turnbull government reverses… Read More »

Kemal Kurkut survived Isis suicide bomb but couldn’t survive Turkish police

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The young student who was shot dead by a police officer ahead of the Kurdish Newroz celebration in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province, had survived the Ankara train station massacre perpetrated by the… KOMnews New details continue coming to light in the killing of fine arts student Kemal Kurkut, who died after being shot by police at a… Kemal Kurkut survived… Read More »

We are all chained to policies that are toxic and inhuman. History will judge us

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In this foreword to They Cannot Take the Sky – Stories of Detention, Christos Tsiolkas writes of the destructive national debate about asylum… Christos Tsiolkas The Guardian We read for pleasure and we read for knowledge. And there are some books we read because we must, for in not reading them we are in danger of not understanding our world and… We are all… Read More »

Ethnic minority and legal groups concerned over Racial Discrimination Act changes

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‘We were not aware the existing provisions have had anything in the nature of a chilling effect on freedom of speech,’ Senate inquiry… Gabrielle Chan The Guardian Ethnic and legal groups including the Human Rights Commission, the Law Council of Australia and the Human Rights Law Centre have raised serious concerns over the… Ethnic minority and… Read More »

Australia moves to weaken hate speech laws

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to water down language in discrimination law sparks debate on freedom versus tolerance John Power Asia Times A push by the Australian government to water down controversial hate speech laws has highlighted tensions between freedom of speech and racial harmony in one of the Asia-Pacific’s most multicultural nations. Prime Minister Malcolm… Australia moves to… Read More »

The Tip Of An Iceberg: Engineered Indifference, Systematic Dehumanisation

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Bureaucracies the world over have in-built cruelties, something which Palestinians in particular know all about, writes Professor Stuart Rees. Stuart Rees New Matilda The humiliation experienced by the citizens of many countries occurs in encounters with officials who represent bureaucracies. When inquiring about… The Tip Of… Read More »

Top class! Free speech is a fundamental right … but only for the ruling Right

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Any debate about free speech in our society is really about free speech for the ruling class. John Passant Independent Australia Capitalism is built and maintained on the denial of free speech to the working class, among other things. US citizen Rupert… Top class! Free… Read More »

The sweep of perpetual famine?

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The media is presenting us with images of the mother of all famines, stretching from Yemen to Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and northern Nigeria. Jonathan Power Arab News There have been bad famines in the not-so-distant past, such as the Ethiopian one in 1985 that triggered rock star Bob Geldof to organize a global popular response. In 1974 at… The sweep of… Read More »

Women must mentor other women. It’s never been more urgent

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After 108 years of celebrating ‘our’ day, women need to change the way they look at the world, so that the world can change the way it looks at us. Muthoni Thang’wa Daily Nation Otherwise we will begin to sound like a broken record. International Women’s Day… Women must mentor… Read More »

European court ruling on headscarves sparks ire in Ankara

A woman reacts as she attends the Democracy and Martyrs Rally, organized by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and supported by ruling AK Party (AKP), oppositions Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), to protest against last month's failed military coup attempt, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal - RTSLJVF

On March 14, the European Court of Justice made a controversial ruling, stating that companies are permitted to ban employees from wearing visible religious symbols such as the Islamic headscarf. Riada Asimovic Akyol Al Monitor The decision from Europe’s top court came after two women were fired because they refused to take off their headscarves at workplaces in France and Belgium. Many right-wing political… European court ruling… Read More »

Cashless Cards And Rising Crime: An Intervention That Keeps On Giving

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Facing electoral annihilation and media pressure, the Howard Government launched an unprecedented assault on Aboriginal rights and communities. Rachel Siewert New Matilda A decade on, Senator Rachel Siewert says the federal government is still hiding behind its failures. I’ll never forget… Cashless Cards And… Read More »

The politics of water insecurity

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To achieve universal water security, we need to let politics and culture drive water planning as much as economy does. Majed Akhter Al Jazeera News This March 22, World Water Day, we focus attention on global issues of water access. The statistics are not comforting. The poorest ninth… The politics of… Read More »