Human Rights

The hidden impediment to political change in Sudan

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 »

The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and its relevance to the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Geneva on 12 January 2017

In Politics, Aristotle issued a timeless warning: ‘Man, when perfected, is the best of animals but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.’  (Source: The Politics of Aristotle as translated by B. Jowett (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1885), page 5.) Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 2 January 2017 Since antiquity, Aristotle’s point has been illustrated on countless occasions, none more brutally than during the Second World War from 1939 to 1945.Under the iron ... Read More »

Israel’s never-ending crimes: It’s not just settlements

Israel has not just committed unspeakable acts of genocide but done so with absolute transparency. Al Jazeera News Stanley L Cohen Last week, the world stood fixated at a largely symbolic gesture by the United Nations in which it found the continued Israeli occupation of the West Bank of Palestine to be illegal. Or did it… Israel’s never-ending… Read More »

Saudi jailed for call to end male control over women

A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. RIYADH – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the… Saudi jailed for… Read More »

Stop recruiting child soldiers in Iraq

Child recruitment is losing hearts and minds, and it is costing boys and girls dearly. Al Jazeera News Zama Coursen-Neff “Daoud” said he wanted to fight “for revenge” after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) swept into Iraq’s Sinjar district in August 2014, killing thousands of adherents of the Yazidi religious minority and taking thousands… Stop recruiting child… Read More »

Japan – a wealthy nation with poor children

NGOs and volunteers say increasing numbers of young Japanese are existing below the poverty line and that the government should be doing more to tackle a problem with major implications for society. Julian Ryall reports. Julian Ryall (Tokyo) Deutsche Welle Given its status as one of the wealthiest nations in the… Japan – a wealthy… Read More »

Interview-Only a new law will guarantee Indian women have rights to land – scientist

Granting women equal rights to land would help boost food production, says father of India’s “Green Revolution” Thomson Reuters Foundation News Rina Chandran CHENNAI, India, Dec 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – India must pass a law granting women equal rights to land as men if the country is to ensure more food is grown for its more than 1 billion people and greater respect for… INTERVIEW-Only a new law will… Read More »

Supreme Court finds Government acted unlawfully in transferring children to Barwon jail

In a landmark case, the Supreme Court this morning held that the Victorian Government’s decision to transfer children to Barwon maximum security adult jail was unlawful. HRLC The Court also found that the Government failed to properly consider the Victorian Charter of Human Rights. Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that this is a significant outcome for upholding children’s rights in Victoria. “Jailing children in an adult prison is wrong. This is why ... Read More »

Power Unconstrained

The federal government attacks its watchers Arena Magasine Spencer Zifcak In recent years the federal government has made an art form of undermining the autonomy of independent statutory offices established to hold it to account. One by one, statutory offices have… Power… Read More »

Hopeless Afghan struggle to save boy sex slaves

Power and impunity ensure tradition of culturally sanctioned enslavement and rape of children by Western-backed security forces Asia Times Anuj Chopra Quivering with quiet rage, Shirin holds a photo of his teenage brother-in-law, who now lives as the plaything of policemen, just one victim of a hidden epidemic of kidnappings of young boys for institutionalised sexual slavery in… Hopeless Afghan struggle to… Read More »

Indian police torturing suspects, says HRW deaths in custody report

Human Rights Watch said nearly 600 people have died between 2010 and 2015, but not one officer has been convicted The Guardian Michael Safi Indian police are torturing suspects – including using sexual abuse, forms of waterboarding and beatings with a “truth-seeking belt” – a new Human Rights Watch investigation has claimed. A report released by the rights group on… Indian police torturing suspects, says… Read More »

Wonder and Worry, as a Syrian Child Transforms

Canada welcomes Syrian refugees like no other country. The New York Times By CATRIN EINHORN and JODI KANTOR  But for one 10-year-old’s parents, is she leaving too much behind? TORONTO — As soon as Bayan Mohammad, a… Wonder and Worry… Read More »

Myanmar: A New Muslim Insurgency in Rakhine State

Recent attacks by an émigré-led force of trained Rohingya fighters mark a dangerous turn. ICG To remove a main root of the violence – Rohingya despair – the government must reverse longstanding discrimination against the Muslim minority, moderate its military tactics, and… Myanmar: A New… Read More »

How censorship aids China’s execution machine

The executions of Nie Shubin and Jia Jinglong occurred more than 20 years apart, yet the Chinese authorities have used the plight of both men to send starkly different messages on the death penalty. Asia Times William Nee Nie Shubin, who was executed in 1995 for rape and murder, received a rare posthumous exoneration earlier this month. Officials made much of how this… How censorship aids China’s… Read More »