Human Rights

China human rights lawyers target smog

BEIJING — Toxic smog has found itself in the dock in China, as the authorities are taken to court over a problem that has choked entire regions, put public health at risk and forced the closure of schools and roads. The China Post At the helm is a group of human rights lawyers, who despite increasing government hostility to their work on some of China’s most sensitive cases, say popular feeling is behind them when it comes to pollution that ... Read More »

Britain ‘putting arms sales to Turkey above human rights’

Campaigners say UK pursues profits as Erdoğan continues crackdown… Jamie Doward The Guardian Britain has sold almost £50m-worth of arms to Turkey since the crackdown on opposition groups by the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after last year’s failed coup attempt… Britain ‘putting arms… Read More »

Sydney Women’s March: big turnout but ‘it’s not all about Donald Trump’

Protests should be viewed as anti-hatred, anti-bigotry and anti-misogyny, says journalist Tracey Spicer, emcee of the event Michael Slezak The Guardian About 5,000 women, men and children took to the streets in Sydney on Saturday to champion the cause of women and other groups, whose rights appear threatened by Donald Trump. There was an uplifting… Sydney Women’s March… Read More »

We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out Of The Homelessness Crisis

Victoria can do better than a knee-jerk, short-sighted response Once again, Melburnians sleeping rough are in the news. Amongst the cries for action in response to confronting levels of visible homelessness is a call for tougher law enforcement and… Lucy Adams The Huffington Post On Friday morning, we… We Can’t Arrest… Read More »

Meet the father and son walking from Adelaide to Canberra to help refugees

‘I owe it to my children to fight for the Australia I love, and that’s the Australia that gives people a fair… Alyssa Braithwaite SBS A father and his 13-year old son are walking from Adelaide to Canberra to protest the Australian government’s refugee policy and call for an end to offshore… Adelaide criminal lawyer Adam… Meet the father… Read More »

Should asylum seekers be allowed to work during their application?

Should asylum seekers be allowed to work in their host countries? Debating Europe The 1951 UN Convention on Refugees – which all EU members have signed – states that refugees “lawfully staying” in a country should have the right to… But an application for refugee status can take months… Should asylum seekers… Read More »

JPMorgan Chase hit with government lawsuit for pay discrimination

(Reuters) – The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co claiming the bank engaged in pay discrimination against women. Daniel Wiessner Yahoo! Finance The Labor Department, in a complaint filed with an administrative judge, said New York-based JPMorgan has paid at least 93 women in four different job categories less than comparable male co-workers over the last five years. The company violated an executive… JPMorgan Chase hit with… Read More »

Universal human rights and the Responsibility to Protect

Dr Adam Henry analyses the international political commitment to the principle of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and its inherent problems. Adam Henry Independent Australia THE QUESTION of human rights is often presented by many experts as a vexing one. What can be… Universal human rights and… Read More »

Letter to BBC

Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

WA election 2017: Pledge to lift limits on child abuse victims seeking damages

The Barnett Government has promised to introduce legislation to scrap the six-year statute of limitations on when victims of child abuse can take civil against their perpetrators or institutions if it is re-elected. Nicolas Perpitch ABC Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberals would also remove limitation periods for serious physical abuse. The statute of limitations restricts when… WA election 2017: Pledge to lift… Read More »

Pro-reform group criticises arrests in Amman

Lawyers say activists held in “political witch-hunt” but government justifies the arrests on grounds of… Ali Younes Al Jazeera The lawyer for one of several anti-corruption activists detained recently by Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate has demanded the immediate release of his client, saying that he… Pro-reform group… Read More »