Humanity

Myanmar’s shame

Rohingya Muslims, in camps, wait for what democracy led by a Nobel peace prize winner will bring them. So far: Nothing. Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her “non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights”. Back then, she was a campaigner for those things, spending a total of 15 years under house arrest. She knows what it’s like to have rights and freedom taken away… Source: Myanmar’s shame – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Rome’s treatment of censured Irish priests a ‘great scandal’

Catholic bishops urged to develop more just and respectful process for dealing with cases.. An Irish priest censured by the Vatican has cast doubts that his future or the futures of other clerics in his situation will improve following last week’s meeting between Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) colleagues and bishops… Source: Rome’s treatment of censured Irish priests a ‘great scandal’ Read More »

Rohingya Muslim shot dead by police in mass escape from Thai detention centre

Thai police shoot dead a Rohingya man from Myanmar during a mass escape from an immigration camp, police say.. Police Lieutenant Colonel Noppadon Rakchart said 21 Rohingya fled the Phangnga Immigration Detention Centre at about 1:00am after sawing through an iron bar in their communal cell… Source: Rohingya Muslim shot dead by police in mass escape from Thai detention centre – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

One day at Agkalia (Embrace)

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One day at Agkalia *(Embrace) we encountered group of seemingly tough young men. By Giorgos Tyrikos-Ergas * Μια μέρα στην Αγκαλιά… They set themselves apart from the other groups with the families and were just sitting around and loitering making comments about the volunteers, all kinds of insinuations about the women volunteers, and in general: they looked like trouble. When we started giving away food they did not wait in line. They cut in and grabbed it. To my request ... Read More »

Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’

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World Vision’s Tim Costello has weighed into the asylum seeker debate. The Greens support the World Vision boss’ criticism of offshore detention. The Australian Greens have backed comments by World Vision boss Tim Costello who says detaining asylum seekers offshore constitutes psychological torture. Costello on Sunday said there was “no question” about the mental torture… Source: Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’ Read More »

Iranian-born refugee wins major literary award, criticises Dutton’s ‘illiterate’ comments

Iranian refugee Osamah Sami, 33, has taken out the Multicultural category at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for his memoir, ‘Good Muslim Boy’. The book, which describes his own experiences of fleeing Iran, was printed last year. He took this opportunity to criticise comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on ‘illiterate refugees.’… Source: Iranian-born refugee wins major literary award, criticises Dutton’s ‘illiterate’ comments | SBS News Read More »

Resettling refugees in Papua New Guinea: a tragic theatre of the absurd

Papua New Guinea is an extraordinary country very close to my heart, but I can say with absolute surety that it is not an appropriate country in which to resettle refugees.. Ihave recently spent six weeks in the city of Lae in Papua New Guinea, with unique access to the first group of refugees resettled from Manus Island, and have been able to experience their resettled life first-hand… Source: Resettling refugees in Papua New Guinea: a tragic theatre of the ... Read More »

CAR sets up anti-genocide committee

The government of the Central African Republic on Thursday launched a national committee for the prevention and punishment of crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and all forms of discrimination, an initiative aimed at helping the beleaguered nation to turn the page from its recent turmoil. The structure will among others, contribute to the strengthening of national reconciliation, but also to identify early warnings of communal violence… Source: CAR sets up anti-genocide committee | Africanews Read More »

Bull spearing outlawed by Spanish regional government

Decision by Castile and León authorities could end killing of bulls by horsemen at annual Toro de la Vega festival.. A regional government in Spain has outlawed the killing of bulls at town festivals in a measure that could stop the animals being speared to death at one of the country’s goriest summer events… Source: Bull spearing outlawed by Spanish regional government | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Stealing From Ebola to Fight Zika

Nobody should be surprised when the present House of Representatives, dominated by penurious reactionaries, produces a stingy response to a danger that calls for compassionate largess. But for sheer fecklessness it’s hard to top the House’s response this week to the Zika virus. The salient feature is that in providing money to fight one health menace, it steals from other funds meant… Source: Stealing From Ebola to Fight Zika – The New York Times Read More »

Comment: Let’s not rest until the death penalty is a thing of the past around the world

In a sane world, shouldn’t the right to life trump political expediency? Apparently not: given the addiction of some countries to the death penalty, and the possible re-introduction of capital punishment by some of our neighbours in the region… Source: Comment: Let’s not rest until the death penalty is a thing of the past around the world | SBS News Read More »

Cannabis Helps My Epileptic Son. If Only We Had Known Sooner

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Patients, like my son Ben, don’t have time to wait. Catherine Jacobson, Neuroscientist, director of clinical research at Tilray The debate can no longer be about whether to provide access.. In 2012, when other parents were trading stories about the difficulties of balancing homework with football training or swimming lessons, I was in my garage… Source: Cannabis Helps My Epileptic Son. If Only We Had Known Sooner Read More »

How Australia stood up to minister’s ‘illiterate migrants’ comments – BBC News

When Australia’s immigration minister spoke out about the level of literacy and numeracy among migrants late on Tuesday, he was addressing what has become one of the hot potatoes of this election season. With the build-up to the 2 July vote now in full swing, Peter Dutton responded to proposals by the opposition Labor party to increase annual refugee numbers from 13,750 to 27,000. Source: How Australia stood up to minister’s ‘illiterate migrants’ comments – BBC News Read More »

In pictures: The Dutch prison asylum seekers call home

Life for asylum seekers inside the former prison of De Koepel in Haarlem, Netherlands. With crime declining in the Netherlands, the country is looking at new ways to utilise its prisons, and some, such as the former prison of De Koepel, in Haarlem, are being used as centres for asylum seekers… Source: In pictures: The Dutch prison asylum seekers call home – BBC News Read More »

Western governments have mishandled refugee crisis for decades

IT was near midnight on October 6, 1998 when the dilapidated 40-foot clinker pushed off from northern Lebanon into the eastern Mediterranean. There were 75 passengers on board, including 10 adult women and 24 children (one born just two days earlier). Each person had been charged $2,000 per head. People traffickers promised them safe passage and refuge in Italy. Their mode of transportation was later described as “barely a floating coffin”… Source: Western governments have mishandled refugee crisis for decades – ... Read More »

Changing the conversation can lead to a better way on asylum seekers

Debates on Australia’s policies toward asylum seekers have made an early appearance in the 2016 election campaign. Several current and retiring Labor MPs, as well as some candidates, have spoken out against the party’s support for offshore processing and turning back asylum-seeker boats. Both major parties support offshore processing and boat turnbacks. But… Source: Changing the conversation can lead to a better way on asylum seekers Read More »