Human Rights

A poem about refugees you need to read

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Following the November 2015 Paris attacks, a wave of anti-refugee sentiment made its way overseas to the United States as multiple governors and Congressmen began expressing an… The Refugees, authored by Jason Fotso. To Jason Fotso―eighteen years old at the time―this shut-door stance contradicted the longstanding U.S. policy of welcoming in refugees, and more symbolically, the sonnet inscribed on the… He sought to capture this spirit in a… A poem about… Read More »

Revenge porn legislation a step closer as Government considers criminal, civil penalties

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People who share or post sexually explicit photos of others without their consent are a step closer to facing tougher criminal and civil penalties, after a meeting of state and territory attorneys… By political reporter Matthew Doran ABC There is significant concern the phenomenon referred to as revenge porn is growing, as the use of social media and messaging apps becomes more and more… The Federal Government has today called for public submissions on… Revenge porn legislation… Read More »

South African men march against abuse of women and children

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Hundreds of protesters, most of them men, have marched in the South African capital, Pretoria, over rising levels of violence against women and children. BBC One of the organisers, Kholofelo Masha, said men had to take collective responsibility for the increase in beatings, sex attacks and killings. South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the… Police figures showed… South African men… Read More »

U.N. Sees Slavery Risk As Number Of Solo Migrant Children Hits Record High

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Some 300,000 children traveled alone worldwide from 2015 to 2016. Anastasia Moloney Reuters HuffPost A record number of refugee and migrant children are traveling solo to escape violence and poverty, falling prey to abuse and human traffickers in their journey to a new life, the United Nations children’s agency said on Wednesday. Be it to escape war in Syria or gang violence in… U.N. Sees Slavery… Read More »

Axworthy: ‘We can’t simply leave refugee policy to border control’

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Former Canadian minister of foreign affairs Lloyd Axworthy on the world’s flawed refugee system, why serious reform is needed, and his new project — the… Mary Ambrose OpenCanada When Lloyd Axworthy was in grade 11, an inspirational talk by Canadian prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lester B. Pearson set Axworthy on a path that would lead him to serve under three Canadian prime ministers and… After an illustrative 27-year political career, in… Axworthy: ‘We can’t… Read More »

Government has role to play in stopping modern slavery

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We might think slavery is something relegated to the annals of history, but it is a huge modern-day problem. And a global one. Molly Harriss Olson Brisbane Times The Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million people in 167 countries are in some form of modern slavery. And the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said that 21 million people were in forced labour in 2012, generating a profit of nearly… Government has role… Read More »

Baby deaths soar amid crisis in Venezuela

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Thousands of babies died in Venezuela last year, new official data show, highlighting the tragic impact of the country’s economic crisis as political tension heightened with deadly street clashes May 10. Hurriyet The health ministry said deaths of infants under the age of one soared by 30 percent in 2016, a year when hospitals and… Deaths of mothers linked to childbirth soared by… Baby deaths soar… Read More »

Court Rules Teenagers in Adult Jail Unlawful

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The detention of teenagers at a Victorian maximum security prison has been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court – for the second time. Lina Caneva PBA In the judgement handed down on Thursday, Justice John Dixon said the detention infringed on the young people’s human rights and they should be returned to juvenile detention. The court was asked to rule on whether the… Court Rules Teenagers… Read More »

Australia’s shame on stage for the world to widness

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It’s not every day you get invited to speak on the stage of New York’s Lincoln Centre between the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and the woman who very nearly became the first female President of the US, Hillary Clinton – and just after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Jennifer Robinson Brisbane Times But such is the growing international concern about Australia’s… President Trump’s infamous first phone call with… Australia’s shame on… Read More »

Police Minister Troy Grant says he would like to ‘take the nuts off’ child sex offenders

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NSW’s police minister has declared he’d like to “take the nuts off” convicted child sex offenders when announcing a plan to overhaul the state’s sentencing and parole system. AAP Daily Telegraph Convicted child sex offenders would be able to volunteer for chemical castration under the reforms unveiled by the NSW government today. The suite of changes would ease overcrowding in prisons, reduce court delays and… Police Minister Troy… Read More »

Saudi king orders that women no longer need a man’s permission to travel, study or make police complaints

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Saudi Arabia to give women more control over their life choices by relaxing male guardian system is welcomed as another small step for women in the kingdom. GulfInsider Saudi Arabia is well known to be one of the world’s most gender-segregated nations, where women live under the supervision of a male guardian, cannot drive, and must wear head-to… Women need approval from a… Saudi king orders… Read More »

Outgoing human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs wins freedom of speech award

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Triggs named 2017 recipient of the Voltaire award as her five-year contract comes to an… Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Gillian Triggs will receive a top award for freedom of speech one week before her five-year contract as Australian human rights commissioner… Triggs, who has been consistently criticised by the Abbott and Turnbull governments for her condemnation of… Outgoing human rights… Read More »

2017 World Press Freedom Index – tipping point

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Analyses – The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies. Читать по-русски / Read in Russian I. Democracies falling, advent of strongmen RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a 2017 World Press… Read More »

Children are being damaged in detention – Australia’s day of reckoning will come

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In the tangle of debate about asylum seekers some things are… Katie Robertson The Guardian There is no excuse for damaging children in our… It’s been just over three years since I met her for the first time on a frantic visit to Christmas… Given just a small window of time by the department of immigration to see her family among many suffering under the conditions of… Children are being… Read More »

EU Ankara negotiator calls for suspension of Turkey accession talks

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The European Union should formally suspend Turkey’s long-stalled talks on membership if it adopts constitutional changes backed at a referendum last week, a… BRUSSELS – Reuters Hyrriyet Kati Piri said ahead of a plenary debate on the matter that if President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan implemented the new charter, Turkey would close the… Erdoğan said on April 25 that Turkey would not wait forever to… EU Ankara negotiator… Read More »

Saudi Arabia sentences an atheist to death for uploading a video renouncing Islam and the Prophet Mohammed

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Saudi Arabia has sentenced an atheist to death for uploading a video in which he renounced Islam and the Prophet… GARETH DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE DailyMail The man has been identified locally as Ahmad Al Shamri who is in his 20s and from the town of Hafar al… Saudi authorities first picked him up in 2014 after he uploaded the video showing men and women dancing which led to him being charged with atheism and… Saudi Arabia sentences… Read More »