Human Rights

Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The “Street” and Politics in DR Congo

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Angry demonstrations hit Kinshasa in September as President Kabila’s aim to stay in power beyond a 19 December constitutional deadline became clearer. Regional and international actors must use diplomatic and financial levers to bring about credible democratic elections and… Boulevard of Broken… Read More »

 Will a New Secretary General Invigorate the UN?

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To the disappointment of many UN watchers, the next secretary general will be a man—and a Western European. But he is a passionate defender of human rights and humanitarianism. By Barbara Crossette António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres was born and… Will a New… Read More »

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

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One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Save the… Girl under 15 married every seven… Read More »

Single women can’t afford to live in the city and men can. Is that fair?

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Two alarming reports that have surfaced expose the economic bedrock on which the material disadvantage of Australian women is perpetuated Van Badham and Gabrielle Jackson It’s not often Margaret Thatcher is quoted in support of structural feminist arguments for fairness. She wasn’t actually talking about women when she Single women can’t… Read More »

Parents protest refugee children starting school in Greece

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Police in a northern Greek village escorted refugee children to school, as local parents protested the launch of a national programme to educate migrant youngsters. Source: AFP Around 100 police formed a corridor to enable some 40 puzzled-looking children from Syria and Afghanistan to enter the… Parents protest refugee… Read More »

Q&A: This Refugee Confronted The Man Behind Sovereign Borders About Suicide Rates

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The questioner said suicides are a ‘direct result’ of prolonged uncertainty. Emily Brooks The co-architect of Operation Sovereign Borders, Jim Molan, spent Monday night’s Q&A program defending the controversial immigration policy he… Q&A: This Refugee… Read More »

Guantanamo torture victims should be allowed UN visit

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Why does the US think it is acceptable to deny ‘high-value detainees’ at Guantanamo medical and psychological help? by Andy Worthington From Guantanamo, Ammar al-Baluchi, one of 15 “high-value detainee”, known as HVDs, has written to Professor Juan Mendez, the… Guantanamo torture… Read More »

UN Hits Out At Nauru’s Treatment Of Asylum Seeker Children

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Nauru has been slammed over conditions at detention centres on the island. The United Nations has criticised the Nauruan Government’s treatment of asylum seeker and refugee children, urging the Pacific nation to improve its performance on a… UN Hits Out At Nauru’s… Read More »

Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity

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China’s governing Communist Party is set to launch a nationwide crackdown on Christianity. Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Correspondents Report By China correspondent Matthew Carney Correspondent Matthew Carney travels through the country and speaks to churchgoers who are worried they could soon be arrested. The Communist Party has just enacted much tougher… Chinese Communist Party readies… Read More »

UN human rights watchdog orders Saudi Arabia to stop stoning children

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People over 15-years-old in the Kingdom are tried as adults and can be executed Matt Payton   Independent The United Nations has called on Saudi Arabia to repeal laws that allow stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children. Children over 15 years are tried as adults and can be executed, “after trials falling short of guarantees of due process and a fair trial”, according to the report by the UN Committee on the… UN human rights… Read More »

End child stonings, UN tells Saudi Arabia

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A UN watchdog wants Saudi Arabia to get rid of laws that allow children to be stoned, amputated, flogged and executed. Source: AAP A UN human rights watchdog has called on Saudi Arabia to end discrimination against girls and repeal laws that allow the End child stonings, UN… Read More »

Polish parliament rejects near-total abortion ban after protests

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Following protests by tens of thousands of women, Polish lawmakers on Oct. 6 rejected plans for a near-total ban on abortion, in a hastily arranged vote that marks the first major domestic setback for the conservative government. WARSAW – Reuters The ruling Law and Justice party (PIS) unexpectedly withdrew its support for draft… Polish parliament rejects near-total… Read More »

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: When my time comes, I want the option of an assisted death

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Throughout my life, I have been fortunate to have spent my time working for dignity for the living. By Desmond Tutu I have campaigned passionately for people in my country and the world over to have their… Archbishop Desmond Tutu: When my time comes, I want… Read More »

Can Women Be Trusted on Abortion? Two Men Weigh In

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Well, that was painful. What with the cross talk, interruptions, insults, sneers and overly rehearsed zingers, the vice-presidential debate on Tuesday surely bewildered more voters than it enlightened. By KATHA POLLITT There was one area, though, in which both Senator Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence were crystal-clear and decidedly different: abortion… Can Women Be Trusted on… Read More »

Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan

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Polls have closed in Hungary in a referendum on whether to accept mandatory EU quotas for relocating migrants. Early indications show most who voted overwhelmingly rejected the quota system but turnout could be less than 50% which would make the vote invalid. Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban opposes plans to… Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan… Read More »

I’ve fought my whole life for secularism – I know that banning the burkini makes no sense

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The great French scholar of secularism Jean Baubérot said that a secular state does not discriminate against people on the grounds of their religion or non-religious worldview.. Andrew Copson Independent Today judges in France will rule on the legality of the burkini ban which has been enforced across 26 towns on the grounds that the… I’ve fought my… Read More »