Human Rights

Gillian Triggs says Australia’s politicians leading ‘assault’ on democratic ideals

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Human Rights Commission president says right to advocate and freedom of speech threatened by governments Elle Hunt The Guardian Gillian Triggs says an “ideological assault” on community advocacy is being waged by Australian governments and political leaders that threatens the… The president of the Australian Human Rights Commission said the right to advocate and freedom of speech – “some of the most basic ideas” underpinning a… Gillian Triggs says… Read More »

Melbourne lawyers act out

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A group of Victorian lawyers are set to star in a thought-provoking play. Tom Lodewyke LawyersWeekly The barristers, solicitors and in-house counsel will perform in BottledSnail Productions’ A Conversation. The play, written by Australian playwright David Williamson, presents a “moving and dramatic” mediation between the family of a young woman, who was raped and murdered, and the family of her… Melbourne lawyers act… Read More »

May: I’ll rip up human rights laws that impede new terror legislation

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PM says she is looking at making it easier to deport foreign suspects as she seeks to gain control of security agenda before… Rowena Mason and Vikram Dodd The Guardian Theresa May has declared she is prepared to rip up human rights laws to impose new restrictions on terror suspects, as she sought to gain control over the security agenda just 36 hours before the… The prime minister said she was looking at how to make it easier to deport ... Read More »

UN rights czar: Nothing is like Holocaust, but Palestinians are suffering

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Marking 50 years since 1967 war, Jordan’s Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein says Israelis and Palestinians both deserve different kinds of… By Times of Israel staff and AP The UN human rights chief on Tuesday decried 50 years of Israeli control of the West Bank, “which has denied the Palestinians many of their most fundamental freedoms,” invoking the Jewish Holocaust while simultaneously asserting that he was not comparing the experiences of the… In a statement marking the… UN rights czar… Read More »

UN: Turkey hinders our investigations in the South East

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UN Human Rights High Commissioner Al Hussein said: “Our attempts at investigating the severe human rights violations in South Eastern Turkey are… AFN 35th Human Rights session of the United Nations Human Rights Council started in… UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s speech at the opening started with the Israel-Palestine issue and demanded an end to the… UN: Turkey hinders… Read More »

After Mabo: Koiki’s Vision For A New Great Society

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Australian journalist Jeff McMullen delivered the following speech to 25th Anniversary Mabo Celebration in Townsville tonight. Jeff McMullen New Matilda As we celebrate the courage and the achievements of Eddie Koiki Mabo we all walk in his determined footsteps in our hope for a brighter future. The Mabo family asked me to paint you a picture of how Australia can offer an example to the… After Mabo: Koiki’s… Read More »

Pancasila should become subject at school: Association

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Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) head Unifah Rasyidi has suggested that Indonesia’s state ideology of Pancasila become its own subject at school. Currently, the teaching of Pancasila is fused with civic education in a subject called Pancasila and… The Jakarta Post “Nowadays, we’ve seen the… She further said taking out Pancasila from PPKN was crucial because the… Pancasila should become… Read More »

Australian government’s citizenship test moves political, not practical

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No better than the old police gag: And when did you stop beating your wife, Sir? Editorial The Age There is consensus across the political spectrum that immigration has been a boon for this country. Australia is often, and rightly, held up as one of the most successful multicultural communities. We have long derived huge social and economic benefits from diversity. So the recent posturing, and… Australian government’s citizenship… Read More »

98 environmental defenders have been killed so far in 2017

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the defenders while protecting their community’s land or natural resources This year, in collaboration with Global Witness, the Guardian will attempt to record the deaths of all these people, whether they be wildlife rangers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or indigenous land rights activists in Brazil. At this current rate, chances are that four environmental defenders will be killed this week somewhere on the planet. Some of the latest to have died… 98 environmental defenders… Read More »

Convicted pedophiles to lose travel rights

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Convicted pedophiles will be banned from travelling overseas and will have their passports cancelled under new measures to be introduced by the… Herald Sun Australian Associated Press The Herald Sun says new legislation, due to be introduced next month, will make it illegal for convicted child-sex offenders to leave or attempt to leave Australia, while dual… Victorian senator and anti… Convicted pedophiles to… Read More »

Father of abuse victims Anthony Foster

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Tributes are pouring in for Anthony Foster who became a tireless and high-profile advocate for child sexual abuse victims after his daughters were raped by a priest. Melissa Cunningham The Age Mr Foster, 64, died after suffering a stroke on Friday evening. He rose to national prominence after he publicly accused Cardinal George Pell of stalling the family’s compensation claim against the Catholic Church when he… Father of abuse… Read More »

Duterte makes rape ‘joke’ for martial law troops

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Philippines’ president reassures soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under Mindanao island martial law. Al Jazeera Source: News agencies President Rodrigo Duterte joked on Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly-declared martial law in… Duterte made the comments in jest during a speech to soldiers on Mindanao island, where he imposed military rule law on Tuesday to… Duterte makes rape… Read More »

Odyssey Project

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The Odyssey Project is an attempt to challenge the hostile discourse surrounding migrants, the Odyssey Project is a documentary following four humanitarian aid workers as they trace one of the main migration routes into Europe. Odyssey Project – Trailer/Appeal from Odyssey Project on Vimeo. We’ll be stopping off at key points and engaging locals population and refugee community through workshops, discussions and performances at “Routes Festivals”, piloted on events we’ve already run in Serbia. Project Description Whilst there are more ... Read More »

Violence in central Congo leaves 400,000 children prey to deadly malnutrition – UN

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Even before the recent surge in violence, the central Greater Kasai region was one of the poorest in… Kieran Guilbert | KieranG77 | Thomson Reuters Foundation DAKAR, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Spiralling violence in central Democratic Republic of Congo has disrupted farming and shut down health centres, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to life-threatening… An insurrection against the… Violence in central… Read More »

Somalis are fleeing famine — only to find death in a place of refuge

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iN BAIDOA, Somalia — Aftin Noor stepped back from the tiny graves he’d been digging and surveyed his work. Max Bearak  The Washington Post Exhausted, he turned his palms skyward, squinting into the relentless midday sun, and asked God for an answer. “I dug three children’s graves this morning,” said Noor, his voice cracking, his undershirt soaked with sweat. “And I have dug 20 or more this month. Why?” The immediate answer is cholera. The Somalis are fleeing… Read More »

Peter Dutton’s fake war on asylum seekers

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Peter Dutton’s war on “fake refugees” is misleading, based on a false premise and dangerous in that it pre-empts a fair hearing of claims for refugee… Michael Gordon The Sydney Morning Herald The message is that thousands of asylum seekers who arrived on boats in the Labor years have not lodged protection claims because they are not refugees and are intent on taking the… Quite simply, the Minister for… Peter Dutton’s fake… Read More »