Human Rights

Child sexual abuse inquiry: Rudd vows to press on after Dame Lowell Goddard resignation

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Home secretary pushes ahead with finding new leader, saying ‘success of this inquiry remains an absolute priority’.. The chair of the public inquiry into institutional child abuse has resigned, saying it was beset with a “legacy of failure” that was hard to shake off… Source: Child sexual abuse inquiry: Rudd vows to press on after Dame Lowell Goddard resignation | Society | The Guardian Read More »

Rethinking youth justice: there are alternatives to juvenile detention

The recent exposure of the abuse inflicted on child detainees at the Don Dale facility in the Northern Territory has shone a much-needed light on youth justice in Australia. Important questions are being asked about why these children were treated this way in detention. But we also need to ask why children are being detained at all… Source: Rethinking youth justice: there are alternatives to juvenile detention Read More »

Human Rights Groups Claim Australia Is Ignoring Nauru Abuse

Australia is deliberately ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on Nauru in a bid to deter further asylum seekers from arriving in the country by boat, according to two peak human rights groups.. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said the Australian Government’s “persistent failure” to address abuses committed under its authority on Nauru “strongly suggests that they are adopted or condoned as a matter of policy”… Source: Human Rights Groups Claim Australia Is Ignoring Nauru Abuse – Pro ... Read More »

Protest against abuse of children in detention shuts down Melbourne intersection

Four women who locked themselves into a makeshift metal cage were preparing to spend the night on the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets to protest against the abuse of children of prisons. On Saturday, police closed the intersection to all traffic, maintaining only a minimal presence to oversee the crowd of about 100 peaceful agitators… Source: Protest against abuse of children in detention shuts down Melbourne intersection Read More »

The secrecy surrounding Australia’s border security regime has gone too far

Jordina Rust and George Georgiou With doctors working in immigration detention now challenging the Border Force Act in the High Court, serious questions should be asked by the Australian public about the inability of doctors to speak out about what happens to the asylum seekers and refugees that they treat in offshore detention centres… Source: The secrecy surrounding Australia’s border security regime has gone too far Read More »

Mums, Grandmums And Kids Have Just Invaded Tanya Plibersek’s Office Over ALP Refugee Policies

Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, if you support cruel and inhumane treatment of refugees then Mums 4 Refugees will target you. Chris Graham reports She might be considered an icon of the ‘Labor left’, but right now, Tanya Plibersek is a target of a group of mothers, grandmothers and kids… Source: Mums, Grandmums And Kids Have Just Invaded Tanya Plibersek’s Office Over ALP Refugee Policies – New Matilda Read More »

Hunter Valley priest abuse: Multiple churches made spot ‘epicentre of organised paedophilia’

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IT was a cruel game played out by vile abusers in an idyllic valley which will be revealed as the nation’s “epicentre for organised paedophilia”.. The game of “spotlighting”, ostensibly a weekend camping pursuit by young Anglican boys and their religious leaders was actually a guise for child sexual abuse… Source: Hunter Valley priest abuse: Multiple churches made spot ‘epicentre of organised paedophilia’ Read More »

Human rights group backs doctors on whistleblowing

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Human rights group backs doctors on whistleblowing | Liberty Victoria A human rights group has swung behind doctors who want the right to disclose what happens in detention centres. Doctors for Refugees has filed a High Court challenge to the secrecy provisions in the Australian Border Force Act, contending that the laws inappropriately curtail people’s freedom to participate in political communication around conditions and care in detention. Liberty Victoria welcomed this critical development. The harsh laws were the subject of ... Read More »

Children’s eSafety Commissioner Reports on First Year

More than 7,400 investigations into online child sexual abuse material have been carried out by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner in its first year.. The office, established on 1 July 2015 to protect Australian children from cyberbullying, online harassment and predatory behaviour, has issued a 12-month report card to mark its first birthday… Source: Children’s eSafety Commissioner Reports on First Year – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

How gay rights advance democracy in the Middle East

The crackdown against the LGBT community is part of Erdogan’s grander ambition to Islamize Turkish society… Source: How gay rights advance democracy in the Middle East | afr.com Read More »

Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court

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Section 42 carries a two-year jail term for anyone who makes an ‘unauthorised disclosure’ about conditions in the camps.. Doctors working in immigration detention are challenging the government’s contentious Border Force Act in the high court for their right to speak out publicly on behalf of the refugees and asylum seekers they treat… Source: Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Northern Territory’s royal commission into juvenile detention should include Queensland, lawyers say

Lawyers and support workers are calling for the management of Queensland’s juvenile detention centres to be included in the Northern Territory royal commission into the mistreatment of young inmates.. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to establish the royal commission after the ABC’s Four Corner’s exposed the disturbing mistreatment of boys in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin… Source: Northern Territory’s royal commission into juvenile detention should include Queensland, lawyers say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

The Round-up: Counter-Extremism Bill – Counter-Productive?

In the News In a new report on the much-delayed Counter-Extremism Bill, the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has concluded that the proposed legislation is confusing, unnecessary, and likely to be counter-productive. Though first announced by the Government in the Queen’s Speech in May 2015, the Bill itself has yet to appear. The JCHR report is a result of what was in effect a pre-legislative scrutiny Source: The Round-up: Counter-Extremism Bill – Counter-Productive? – UK Human Rights Blog Read More »

Nigeria pastor arrested for chaining up son for ‘stealing’

Nigerian police arrest a church pastor, accused of keeping his nine-year-old son chained up for more than a month as a punishment for stealing.. Police say they rescued the boy and arrested Pastor Francis Taiwo after a tip-off in the town of Ota in south-western Ogun State… Source: Nigeria pastor arrested for chaining up son for ‘stealing’ – BBC News Read More »

Turkey president Erdogan: Women are not equal to men

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says women cannot be treated as equal to men, and accuses feminists of rejecting motherhood.. “You cannot put women and men on an equal footing,” he told a meeting in Istanbul. “It is against nature.” Source: Turkey president Erdogan: Women are not equal to men – BBC News Read More »

China’s Muslims under threat of religious persecution

China’s president Xi Jinping, who has been accused of implementing draconian laws against religion since taking office in 2012, spoke directly to Chinese Muslims today – signifying a possible crackdown on a group that has so far avoided his harsh measures.. While visiting a mosque in the northwestern autonomous region of Ningxia, home to more than two million Muslims, Xi urged Chinese Muslims to practise their religion as part of Chinese society and “carry forward the patriotic tradition”… Source: China’s ... Read More »