Human Rights

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I escaped a violent husband and father in Iran to come to a country which claims to uphold women’s rights. Mina Taherkhani The Guardian All I have experienced is terror and panic. I am Mina Taherkhani. I’m 35 years old. I escaped from violence to seek peace and freedom. I’ve been in the detention centre in Nauru for… If you want… Read More »

Not one woman less!

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Now is the time to continue marching forward with our heads and placards held high for all to see. Agustina Paz Frontera and Winnie Byanyima Al Jazeera News Women and girls – everyone – mark this Wednesday, March 8 in your diaries and on your calendars as an important moment in history. Be available for… Not one woman… Read More »

Is Australia racist?

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‘In asking Australians to face up to racism, it appears to be their individual prejudices that concern SBS rather than the structural racism that is built into Australian institutions.’ ~ Emeritus professor Barry Hindess Barry Hindess Independent Australia ON SUNDAY 26 February, Australia’s SBS TV network broadcast Ray Martin’s Is Australia Racist? It is the first… Is Australia… Read More »

Modern slavery: time to get on our knees and pray?

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Slavery past and present Jacob Sarkodee Ethos In 2010, I travelled to Ghana to reconnect with my extended family. Having been born… Modern slavery: time… Read More »

Is the church’s culture of shame increasing abortions?

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I have been the senior minister at St Barnabas Broadway, in Sydney’s inner city, for six years. Michael Paget ABC Before that I was on staff for another eight. In all that… Is the church’s… Read More »

Bali nine family critical of Turnbull government death penalty decision

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The family of executed Bali nine drug smuggler Andrew Chan says the Turnbull government is putting more Australians at risk of the firing squad by turning its back on a plan to change police intelligence… Adam Gartrell The Sydney Morning Herald The government has quietly rejected a recommendation made by a… Bali nine family… Read More »

As Erdoğan turns the screw, we must stand up for human rights in Turkey

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Free speech is under fire. Timothy Garton Ash The Guardian Victims of the president’s clampdown need the same kinds of support we once offered dissidents in the Soviet Union If this newspaper… As Erdoğan turns… Read More »

Suffer The Children: The Creeping Sexualization Of Minors

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The landscape of minor sex and sexual relations hosts all the perils of pre-Disney fairy tales. Joseph McBirnie The Daily Caller While failed candidates must mutilate themselves as they struggle to fit in positions citing “legitimate rape,” the mention of a certain word in conjunction with anything other than condemnation possesses the magical property… Suffer The Children… Read More »

The five most urgent steps to stop women being killed

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In 2015, 140 recommendations were laid out in the Not Now, Not Ever report to tackle domestic and family violence from three fronts: culture and attitude, police response and the justice system. Amy Mitchell-Whittington Brisbane Times The report was prepared by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, chaired by The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce who this week finalised her second annual progress report on the… The five most… Read More »

The 18C debate: how frequent are racial discrimination complaints?

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Coalition MPs have repeatedly expressed concerns about the way the Racial Discrimination Act could affect free speech. Nick Evershed The Guardian Here is the data on the number of complaints that are actually made A parliamentary committee… The 18C debate… Read More »

Protesters fight domestic violence law changes in shadows of Russia’s conservative push

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Russians opposed to the decriminalisation of domestic violence say they have not given up hope of bringing in a new law to protect women. Lisa Millar ABC But they are up against changing cultural norms that are seeing Russia become increasingly conservative. President Vladimir Putin signed… Protesters fight domestic… Read More »

Asylum seekers, as captured in the documentary film ‘Chasing Asylum’. There Is A Fresh Asylum Seeker Crisis In Australia, And We Need To Act Now

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The Turnbull government is once again targeting asylum seekers, this time those already living in the community. Michael Brull explains the… Michael Brull New Matilda Right now, the crisis faces some 1,200 asylum seekers in Australia. Increasingly desperate calls for help have been coming from the Refugee Advice and… But the… Asylum seekers, as… Read More »

Law protects women by guarding innocent unborn

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Thirty-one years ago in the District Court, Justice Fred McGuire interpreted the Queensland Criminal Code to allow abortion to be performed in cases where there is a serious danger to the physical or mental health of a woman. Julie Borger On Line Opinion There is no need to change existing Queensland legislation, as no woman has ever been jailed for or even convictedof an illegal abortion in the 118 years the law has been in place. And it cannot… Law ... Read More »

Germany hate crime: Nearly 10 attacks a day on migrants in 2016

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Nearly 10 attacks were made on migrants in Germany every day in 2016, the interior ministry says. BBC A total of 560 people were injured in the violence, including 43 children. Three-quarters of the attacks targeted migrants outside of their accommodation, while nearly 1,000 attacks were on… Germany hate crime… Read More »

When the freedom to offend is a freedom to harm

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A backlash against politically correct language ignores the deeper oppression that unchecked microaggressions inflict on groups such as women and black people Abi Wilkinson The Guardian We’re currently in the midst of something of a backlash against “political correctness”. And by “we”… When the freedom… Read More »

Life imprisonment raises questions about proportionality, equity and human dignity

Prison - The Conversation

A New South Wales man, Robert Xie, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole last week for the horrific murders of five members of the Lin family. John Anderson The Conversation Due to the shocking nature of the crime, Xie’s sentence has not attracted controversy. Yet NSW is… Life imprisonment raises… Read More »