Human Rights

Western governments have mishandled refugee crisis for decades

IT was near midnight on October 6, 1998 when the dilapidated 40-foot clinker pushed off from northern Lebanon into the eastern Mediterranean. There were 75 passengers on board, including 10 adult women and 24 children (one born just two days earlier). Each person had been charged $2,000 per head. People traffickers promised them safe passage and refuge in Italy. Their mode of transportation was later described as “barely a floating coffin”… Source: Western governments have mishandled refugee crisis for decades – ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia releases video on National TV teaching husbands how to beat their wives

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(AhlulBayt News Agency) – The national television of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has aired a video, in which a self-styled Islamic family doctor is seen teaching men in the country how to ‘… AWD News The national television of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has aired a… The video is believed to have been aired in the country in early February, 2016. The Kingdom’s government is said to have approved the… Saudi Arabia releases… Read More »

Australia ‘talking rubbish’ about breaking people smugglers’ business model, lawyer says

A human rights lawyer in Sri Lanka accuses Australia of breaching international obligations over the recent return of a group of asylum seekers.. Lakshan Dias is representing some of the 12 men, women and children who reached the Cocos-Keeling Islands in early May and were subsequently flown back to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo… Source: Australia ‘talking rubbish’ about breaking people smugglers’ business model, lawyer says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

If Europe Turns Its Back Now The Concept Of ‘Refugee’ Will Cease To Exist

As Europe contemplates taking a path forged by Australia, the lives of those who flee conflict now and in the future hang in the balance, writes Paul McPhun. This week Europe celebrated unity and peace on Europe Day. But in 2016 we fear its leaders, like Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader BillMore… Source: If Europe Turns Its Back Now The Concept Of ‘Refugee’ Will Cease To Exist – New Matilda Read More »

Rights groups slam Nepal deal on war crimes amnesty

Human rights groups accuse ruling coalition, including Maoists, of attempting to “wash away the crimes of the conflict”. Rights groups have slammed a deal between Nepal’s ruling parties to withdraw civil war cases from courts and offer amnesty to people accused of abuses during a decade-long Maoist rebellion… Source: Rights groups slam Nepal deal on war crimes amnesty – AJE News Read More »

Comment: Australia’s victim-blaming culture needs to end

Let’s get one thing straight: there’s only ever one person who is responsible for rape or a sexual assault. The perpetrator. Never the victim.  It’s as simple as that. It takes only one person to commit a sexual offence, and this policy remains the same no matter what the gender or the sexual orientation of the people involved. It is astounding that in 2016 there is still such a culture of victim blaming when it comes to sexual crimes, particularly ... Read More »

OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson | Julian Burnside

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On 9 May I launched OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson (NewSouth Publishing, 2016, paperback) Madeline is a Research Associate at the wonderful Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law It is a terrific book.  Buy it; read it; ask yourself: “How did it come to this?” Here is my speech at the launch. I have launched quite a few books in my time.  I always read a book before launching it.  It can be a chore, at times. I have ... Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly Stance on the Rohingya

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The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar that has been systematically denied the most elemental rights: citizenship, freedom of worship, education, marriage and travel. THE EDITORIAL BOARD  Tens of thousands of the Rohingya were driven from their homes by violence in 2012; last year many tried to flee persecution and… Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly… Read More »

Slovak customs officers shoot and injure Syrian migrant woman

Slovak customs officers injured a Syrian woman on May 9 when they shot at a car carrying migrants from Hungary into Slovakia, authorities said.. Police in Europe have sometimes used water cannon and tear gas to prevent migrants from crossing borders but this may be the first reported incident inside the continent’s passport-free Schengen zone where migrants have been shot at… Source: Slovak customs officers shoot and injure Syrian migrant woman – EUROPE Read More »

Philippines investigates Shell and Exxon over climate change

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A legal case will consider if the emissions of 50 fossil fuel companies violate the human rights of those hit by extreme weather.. Can Chevron, ExxonMobil and BP be held accountable for the vulnerable communities most affected by climate change? It’s a question a legal case in the Philippines could answer… Source: Philippines investigates Shell and Exxon over climate change | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian Read More »

India’s new ‘enclave’ citizens in historic first vote

Thousand of Indians are voting for the first time in West Bengal assembly polls after remaining virtually stateless for six decades. They became citizens of India last year after Bangladesh and India exchanged more than 160 enclaves located in each other’s territory. The enclaves, created in the 18th Century, endured through British colonial rule, the independence of India and the creation of Bangladesh… Source: India’s new ‘enclave’ citizens in historic first vote – BBC News Read More »

Australia Chides Rights Advocates for Giving ‘False Hope’ to Asylum Seekers

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SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s immigration minister accused human rights advocates on Tuesday of giving “false hope” to asylum seekers held in offshore detention centers, suggesting that they bore some responsibility for two recent protests in which asylum seekers set themselves afire. The minister, Peter Dutton, spoke a day after a 21-year-old Somali woman set fire to herself on the Pacific island nation of Nauru, where hundreds of.. Source: Australia Chides Rights Advocates for Giving ‘False Hope’ to Asylum Seekers – The ... Read More »

It’s official! Australia in court re Crimes Against Humanity

A case has been lodged against the Australian Government for Crimes Against Humanity. No, not in the International Criminal Court – that’s still live, see Appendix below – but in the High Court in Australia and in relation to those hundreds of men detained illegally, as per the recent Supreme Court ruling in Papua New Guinea. The case has been raised by Russell Byrnes solicitors as a class action. It has been lodged successfully. but is yet to be formally listed. ... Read More »

Asylum-seekers: Australians all, let’s hang our heads in shame

Australia is a sick country, primarily because it has become such a selfish and self-centred country. A sense of entitlement pervades, indeed is encouraged and fostered within the ruling class and politicians. For sure it’s all about us, that is, the white Anglo Christians who comprise the bulk of the Australian ruling class. Many psychologists say narcissism is rising in Australia… Source: Asylum-seekers: Australians all, let’s hang our heads in shame Read More »

White flight in schools: it’s not about racism

The idea that smart kids should sacrifice their own education to drag up their peers from non-English speaking families is simply obnoxious.. What are they playing at, these smug, middle-class families deserting their local state school just because it’s next to commission housing? (White flight: race segregation in Melbourne state schools) How… Source: White flight in schools: it’s not about racism Read More »

Our detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed

The Prime Minister describes asylum seeker policy opponents as “misty eyed”. They are not – they are furious.. Many Australians may wonder why it was necessary to set up detention centres in the far north of the country, or offshore, far from the Australian mainland, surrounded by guards and razor wire, in circumstances of great secrecy, with all staff and visiting medical personnel banned… Source: Our detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed Read More »