Human Rights

Bangladeshi proposal on child marriage is step backwards

Bagladesh - Asia Times

If parliament approves changes to a law to allow girls below 18 to be wed in ‘special cases’, this is an alarming move says global alliance Reuters Asia Times Bangladesh will be taking a step backwards in efforts to end child marriage if parliament approves changes to a law which would permit girls below 18 to be married in “special cases,” a global alliance of charities said on Thursday. The poor South Asian nation has… Bangladeshi proposal on child… Read More »

An Open Letter to a Minister of the Crown

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OPEN LETTER For the immediate attention of The Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, London By email to: fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk 11 January 2017 Dear Sir Alan Re: The Republic of Cyprus, the ‘talks’ in Geneva, the role of Parliament in Westminster & other related matters I have written this open letter in connection with the above matters.  I have done so in my capacity as a citizen of the United Kingdom and as a citizen of the ... Read More »

Cyprus reunification talks: Everything you need to know about one of the world’s most intractable disputes

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It has been described as “the moment of truth” for one of the world’s most intractable territorial disputes. Nick Squires, Rome  Telegraph Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders are meeting in Geneva this week to try to reach a deal on the political reunification of the Mediterranean island, more than 40 years after it… Cyprus reunification talks… Read More »

Ethiopia: Ethnic nationalism and the Gondar protests

Ethipia - Al Jazeera

An analysis on what the rising ethnic nationalism among the historically powerful Amhara means for the country’s future. Kalkidan Yibeltal Al Jazeera News Amba Giorgis, Ethiopia – Etenesh* sits alone on a worn cow skin in her mud-walled home in Amba Giorgis, a small Ethiopian market town in the northerly Amhara region. Her husband, a merchant… Ethiopia: Ethnic nationalism… Read More »

Romania’s corruption fight is a smokescreen to weaken its democracy

Romania - The Guardian

Turning a blind eye to this abuse of power risks encouraging other European nations to follow its example David Clark The Guardian The recent rise of the populist right in Hungary and Poland has raised the alarm about the future of democracy in Europe, as constitutional safeguards, media pluralism and civil society come under sustained attack. But there is another threat… Romania’s corruption fight… Read More »

The ‘Intellectual Partition’ of Cyprus, the ‘Macmillan Doctrine’ and the talks held in Geneva in August 1974 and January 2017

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In his seminal book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the virtues associated with justice, as well as the vices inherent in injustice. Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 9 January 2017 In this context, Aristotle engages in a deep discussion as to the two types of transaction into which a party may enter. On the one hand, there are just transactions into which a party may enter voluntarily. On the other hand, there are unjust transactions, which may come ... Read More »

Slavery thrives in the gaps between our knowledge

Slavery - Asia Times

The power to end exploitation is already in our hands, Liberty Asia’s Duncan Jepson says. Duncan Jepson Asia Times What holds us back is the lack of basic data needed to make the right decisions. The much quoted… Slavery thrives in… Read More »

SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Medieval explanation on women’s rights over their own bodies

Women - Irish examiner

Driving along the N25 towards the Rosslare ferry in Co Wexford, we pass a slightly homemade looking billboard. 250,000 lives saved by the 8th, it says. Suzanne Harrington Irish Examiner Daughter asks what this means. The 8th of what, she… SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Medieval… Read More »

Slavery thrives in the gaps between our knowledge

Slavery - Asia Times

The power to end exploitation is already in our hands, Liberty Asia’s Duncan Jepson says. Duncan Jepson Asia Times What holds us back is the lack of basic data needed to make the right decisions. The much quoted line by… Slavery thrives in the… Read More »

Pope reaffirms zero tolerance to child abuse

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Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s adherence to a ‘zero tolerance’ of child abuse by members of the clergy in a letter to his bishops on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Caleb Cluff The Courier The feast day, held on December 28, is usually reserved by… Pope reaffirms zero… Read More »

Being ‘Poor’ Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

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It’s time we recognised retirees for their holistic contribution Kasy Chambers  The Huffington Post Mahatma Ghandi famously said that the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable… Australia, while a democratic and economically prosperous nation, is still home to many… Being ‘Poor’ Is… Read More »

Farmer on Trial Defends Smuggling Migrants: ‘I Am a Frenchman.’

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NICE, France — At times it was hard to know who was on trial, the smuggler or the state. By ADAM NOSSITER  The New York Times The defendant, Cédric Herrou, 37, a slightly built olive farmer, did not deny that for months he had illegally spirited dozens of migrants through the remote mountain valley where he lives. He would do… Farmer on Trial… Read More »

Slavery trafficking victims crippled by fear in UK

Slavery - Al Jazeera

Saved from grips of being trafficked into modern-day slavery, victims suffer severe trauma and struggle to move on. James Nickerson Al Jazeera News England, United Kingdom – In a safe house in North West England, 19-year-old Lukas* is reliving his own personal hell over and over again. “Over the two years… Slavery trafficking victims… Read More »

Human rights are under threat – just when we need them most

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If, as Theresa May wants, the UK leaves the European convention on human rights, it will be a green light for despots and a disaster for ordinary people Charles Falconer The Guardian There is one almighty fight coming, and it’ll be about human rights in the UK. Those who want… Human rights are… Read More »

India outrage after minister blames ‘Western dress’ for groping

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An Indian minister who said groping at New Year celebrations in Bangalore was caused by women dressing “like Westerners” has caused outrage. BBC News Reports have emerged on local and social media of women being molested during festivities on Saturday night. A Bangalore newspaper… India outrage after… Read More »

The hidden impediment to political change in Sudan

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Even if the majority of the Sudanese prefer democracy, they will choose it with subdued enthusiasm. Ali Abu Maryam Al Jazeera News There is something conspicuously selfish about the generational behaviour of people. On the atomic… The hidden impediment… Read More »