Human Rights

We had slavery in our supply chains, says Andrew Forrest

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The Fortescue Metals chairman says he was appalled by the conditions of some workers connected to… Paul Farrell The Guardian One of Australia’s best-known business figures says he uncovered slavery in at least 12 suppliers as he tried to… Speaking at a forum in Sydney, Andrew Forrest said he told suppliers to his Fortescue Metals Group that they had to… We had slavery… Read More »

Syria conflict: Dozens dead, including children, in suspected chemical attack in Idlib

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The deadliest chemical weapons attack in years in Syria killed dozens of people in northern Idlib province on Tuesday morning, including women and children, and sickened scores more, according… The Age New York Times, Reuters A few hours later, according to several witnesses, another airstrike hit one of the clinics treating victims, who had been farmed out to… Syria conflict: Dozens… Read More »

African Nations Turn Human Rights Scanner on ‘Racist and Xenophobic’ India

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NEW DELHI: The African missions, after several days of discussions with each other and more importantly with officials in the… The Citizen Bureau In a statement issued by the office of the Dean of the African Group of… After a special meeting, the African missions said that they expected the strongest condemnation from the government of India at… African Nations Turn… Read More »

Australia’s government muddles its way through to hide details of boat turnbacks

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Documents on turnbacks are the official record of one of the most important and divisive issues of our time, and they should be… Paul Farrell The Guardian It has been three years since the Australian government began turning back asylum seeker vessels at sea, and in that three years it… When the operations began in November 2013 under then immigration… Australia’s government muddles… Read More »

Relatives of U.S. prisoners in Egypt chide Trump

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Despite families’ request, president does not mention human rights in remarks about Sisi’s… Josh Meyer Politico President Donald Trump once again dodged any public comment on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s much-maligned human rights record after their meeting Monday, even as… One of them is 17-year-old Ahmed Hassan of… Relatives of U.S… Read More »

How American women gained, lost, and are regaining their collective voice

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Women have been far more prominent in American politics throughout history than conventional wisdom might suggest. Kristin Goss VOX This the second post in a series on the 100th anniversary of Jeannette Rankin’s induction into the US House of Representatives. Passing the statue… How American women… Read More »

Opinion: After a Historic March, What’s Next for Women?

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Last week, we were treated to a news photo that will live in infamy: two dozen white male Republican congressmen (and zero women) around a White House conference table talking about dumping maternity and… Tina Brown The New York Times It instantly went viral: “A rare look inside the GOP’s women’s health caucus,” tweeted Senator… Seven days later, the… Opinion: After a… Read More »

Land Day 2017: Israel’s relentless land grab continues

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As Israel resumes its settlement expansion with impunity, Palestinians have plenty to protest at this year’s Land Day. Rachel Borrell Al Jazeera News Today’s commemoration of Land Day is an emblematic reminder of the countless human rights violations that have characterised half a century of Palestinian land confiscation and dispossession. During the first… Land Day 2017… Read More »

Stop the political point-scoring and take human rights seriously

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Are Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands crying wolf on human rights? Başak Çalı Euractiv There’s a legal route for countries that take human rights seriously, writes Başak Çalı. March saw unusually… Stop the political… Read More »

African countries say they support women’s rights. But where’s the money?

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The Maputo Protocol, adopted by the African Union in 2003, was expected to transform the landscape for women’s rights on the continent. Ashwanee Budoo The Conversation Its aim was to set standards and create positive change across a range of areas including violence against women, child marriage, land rights and harmful practices. But 14 years… African countries say… Read More »

Cecile Richards Thinks Women Need Drugs To Compete With Men

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Planned Parenthood’s president once again reveals feminists’ low regard for women’s unique creative capacities and contributions. Georgi Boorman The Federalist We knew that self-awareness isn’t exactly a defining characteristic of progressive Twitter crusades, but Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards blundered into a feminist faux pas recently. Richards was Twitter… Cecile Richards Thinks… Read More »

Call to limit asylum seeker detention to 90 days

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Asylum seekers should not be held in immigration detention for more than 90 days, a parliamentary inquiry has… Tim Lester Brisbane Times The inquiry also says in cases where the Immigration Department fails to meet the 90-day deadline, it should be forced to publish the… But opposition MPs in the inquiry declined to back the contentious… Call to limit… Read More »

Group rights are inimical to human rights

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Bill Shorten’s 18C zinger is “What exactly does the Prime Minister want people to be able to say that they cannot say now?” Graham Young On Line Opinion Not exactly a zinger, because a review of the 18C cases reveals mostly a world of trivial sleights and domestic disputes, with the occasional newspaper comment thrown in for good measure. There is no… Group rights are… Read More »

ECJ’s immoral, unjust ruling against Muslim women

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The rise of anti-Islamic sentiment and xenophobia has unfortunately become increasingly widespread in Europe. Esra Karatas Alpay Daily Sabah Recent events have proved that intolerance and racism have become accepted forms of behavior against minorities – even on open public display. Two weeks ago… ECJ’s immoral, unjust… Read More »

What the ‘female’ traffic light response reveals about how society views women

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The reaction to Melbourne’s installation of dress-wearing symbols on traffic lights was an ugly revelation of how society views the feminine, writes Siobhan Simper. Siobhan Simper Independent Australia IF YOU’VE been online at all in the past month, you can’t have missed it: the seemingly endless debate over the decision to install ten pedestrian crossings depicting figures wearing a dress in Melbourne. The Committee for… What the ‘female’… Read More »

Rebecca Solnit on Climate Change, Resistance, Misogyny and “The Mother of All Questions”

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President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday to dismantle a slew of climate rules put in place by President Obama. Democracy Now The executive order marks the first step to undo President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to limit power plant emissions. The rule was… Rebecca Solnit on… Read More »