Human Rights

Saudi jailed for call to end male control over women

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A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. RIYADH – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the… Saudi jailed for… Read More »

Stop recruiting child soldiers in Iraq

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Child recruitment is losing hearts and minds, and it is costing boys and girls dearly. Al Jazeera News Zama Coursen-Neff “Daoud” said he wanted to fight “for revenge” after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) swept into Iraq’s Sinjar district in August 2014, killing thousands of adherents of the Yazidi religious minority and taking thousands… Stop recruiting child… Read More »

Mediterranean crossings death toll ‘highest ever,’ says UN

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UN Refugee Agency calls death toll a ‘devastating milestone.’ By ESTHER KING Politico The number of migrants who have died crossing the Mediterranean in 2016 is the highest ever recorded, the United Nations Refugee Agency said in a statement Friday. Mediterranean crossings death… Read More »

Japan – a wealthy nation with poor children

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NGOs and volunteers say increasing numbers of young Japanese are existing below the poverty line and that the government should be doing more to tackle a problem with major implications for society. Julian Ryall reports. Julian Ryall (Tokyo) Deutsche Welle Given its status as one of the wealthiest nations in the… Japan – a wealthy… Read More »

Interview-Only a new law will guarantee Indian women have rights to land – scientist

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Granting women equal rights to land would help boost food production, says father of India’s “Green Revolution” Thomson Reuters Foundation News Rina Chandran CHENNAI, India, Dec 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – India must pass a law granting women equal rights to land as men if the country is to ensure more food is grown for its more than 1 billion people and greater respect for… INTERVIEW-Only a new law will… Read More »

Supreme Court finds Government acted unlawfully in transferring children to Barwon jail

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In a landmark case, the Supreme Court this morning held that the Victorian Government’s decision to transfer children to Barwon maximum security adult jail was unlawful. HRLC The Court also found that the Government failed to properly consider the Victorian Charter of Human Rights. Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that this is a significant outcome for upholding children’s rights in Victoria. “Jailing children in an adult prison is wrong. This is why ... Read More »

Power Unconstrained

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The federal government attacks its watchers Arena Magasine Spencer Zifcak In recent years the federal government has made an art form of undermining the autonomy of independent statutory offices established to hold it to account. One by one, statutory offices have… Power… Read More »

Hopeless Afghan struggle to save boy sex slaves

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Power and impunity ensure tradition of culturally sanctioned enslavement and rape of children by Western-backed security forces Asia Times Anuj Chopra Quivering with quiet rage, Shirin holds a photo of his teenage brother-in-law, who now lives as the plaything of policemen, just one victim of a hidden epidemic of kidnappings of young boys for institutionalised sexual slavery in… Hopeless Afghan struggle to… Read More »

Indian police torturing suspects, says HRW deaths in custody report

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Human Rights Watch said nearly 600 people have died between 2010 and 2015, but not one officer has been convicted The Guardian Michael Safi Indian police are torturing suspects – including using sexual abuse, forms of waterboarding and beatings with a “truth-seeking belt” – a new Human Rights Watch investigation has claimed. A report released by the rights group on… Indian police torturing suspects, says… Read More »

Wonder and Worry, as a Syrian Child Transforms

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Canada welcomes Syrian refugees like no other country. The New York Times By CATRIN EINHORN and JODI KANTOR  But for one 10-year-old’s parents, is she leaving too much behind? TORONTO — As soon as Bayan Mohammad, a… Wonder and Worry… Read More »

Myanmar: A New Muslim Insurgency in Rakhine State

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Recent attacks by an émigré-led force of trained Rohingya fighters mark a dangerous turn. ICG To remove a main root of the violence – Rohingya despair – the government must reverse longstanding discrimination against the Muslim minority, moderate its military tactics, and… Myanmar: A New… Read More »

How censorship aids China’s execution machine

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The executions of Nie Shubin and Jia Jinglong occurred more than 20 years apart, yet the Chinese authorities have used the plight of both men to send starkly different messages on the death penalty. Asia Times William Nee Nie Shubin, who was executed in 1995 for rape and murder, received a rare posthumous exoneration earlier this month. Officials made much of how this… How censorship aids China’s… Read More »

Peru: The Sodalitium scandal

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Investigating allegations of corruption involving one of Latin America’s wealthiest Roman Catholic societies. Al Jazeera News The leaders of the Sodalitium of Christian Life, a secretive sect within the Peruvian Catholic Church, were accused last year by 30 former followers of physically, emotionally and even sexually abusing them, some while they were… Peru: The Sodalitium… Read More »

Only swift action can avert South Sudan genocide, says UN human rights chief

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Targeted sanctions and peacekeeping force among measures urged at special session of UN human rights council as violence compared with Rwanda The Guardian Ben Quinn Conditions in South Sudan were repeatedly likened to those in Rwanda on the eve of genocide at a special session of the UN human rights council held on Wednesday, with a top official warning that escalating ethnic violence has… Only swift action can avert South Sudan genocide, says… Read More »

Teenager moved to Barwon prison from youth detention had human rights infringed, judge says

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A teenager being detained in a temporary youth justice unit at Victoria’s maximum security prison has had his human rights infringed, a Supreme Court judge has found. ABC Emma Younger The teenager, who cannot be identified, applied for bail last week after being moved to the Grevillea Unit at Barwon Prison, a newly designated youth justice centre. Dozens of youth were moved there after the… Teenager moved to Barwon prison from… Read More »

The inextricable link between migration and sweatshops

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The possibility of workers’ rights and climate justice movements responding to these challenges together provides reason for hope, writes Dalia Gebrial. New Internationalist Dalia Gebrial Sweatshops have, from their inception, been inextricably tied to histories of migration. Indeed, the birth of the sweatshop – characterised not just by low pay and poor labour conditions, but of a specific kind of factory-based… The inextricable link between… Read More »