Humanity

Genocide goes on globally despite international efforts

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There are many actions the international community can take to prevent or stop genocide but many of these are difficult, controversial or costly International communities have been focusing on preventing genocide since the second world war where millions of people were systematically killed. However, the ongoing massacres in the Middle East and Africa bring the question of the effectiveness of these international ... Read More »

Assessing the costs and benefits of legalising cannabis

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About one-quarter of Australians support the legalisation of cannabis. And advocates often point to the potential of raising tax revenue from sales as part of their argument. But there has been limited analysis of the economic costs and benefits of legalisation – until now. A study we published today in the journal PLOS ONE compared the status quo with legalisation. ... Read More »

Australia unmoved by UN criticism of asylum seeker policy amid accusations of fresh abuses

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Australia’s immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations’ criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centers in Papua New Guinea. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison hit back after the regional representative for UN refugee agency UNHCR said that Australia’s policy of sending asylum seekers to third countries for lengthy detention ... Read More »

PM Erdoğan stresses ‘shared pain’ in statement on Armenian issue

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Turkey has issued a first-ever statement offering condolences to the descendants of slain Ottoman Armenians just a day before of 99th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan highlighted the “shared pain” endured during the 1915 events in a historic statement April 23 on ... Read More »

Humanists hit back in faith debate as Dominic Grieve calls them ‘deluded’

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British Humanist Association accuses attorney general of trying to turn debate over faith into ‘war of words about religion’ The British Humanist Association has hit back at the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, who described humanists and atheists as deluded after they criticised David Cameron for asserting that Britain was a Christian country. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Grieve ... Read More »

Asylum seeker boat turn-back questions going unanswered by Government, says UNHCR

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The United Nations refugee agency has asked Australia to prove it is not breaching the Refugee Convention with its policy of turning back asylum seeker boats. Speaking in Jakarta, the UNHCR’s regional representative says the Australian Government has not responded to the UN’s concerns about the policies. The request for information was made in January. UNHCR regional representative James Lynch ... Read More »

Russia threatens force in Ukraine

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KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian police liberated a small town in the east of the country from pro-Russian separatist groups Wednesday, a day after Ukraine’s president revived a military offensive. Police took back Svyatogorsk, a small town close to the city of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian separatists still occupied government buildings in major eastern cities such as Donetsk and Luhansk. President Oleksandr Turchynov ... Read More »

More than 14,000 children missing in 5 years in Turkey: Report

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Over 14,000 children have gone missing in the past five years alone in Turkey, the Gendarmerie General Command has said, noting that many children are kidnapped for their organs, labor or fighting potential. In the past five years, 14,412 children have gone missing across Turkey, 13,528 of whom were found, Gendarmerie General Command Action head Gen. Arif Çetin told a ... Read More »

Police raid Dr Philip Nitschke’s pro-suicide group in WA

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VOLUNTARY euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke has warned members of his pro-suicide group Exit to say nothing to police after a series of raids on elderly members in Western Australia looking for illegally imported drugs. Speaking from his base in Adelaide today, Dr Nitschke said police were harassing elderly people looking for the suicide drug Nembutal. “Exit warns members to ... Read More »