South Africa to withdraw from war crimes court

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South Africa has formally begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), notifying the UN of its decision. South Africa did not want to execute ICC arrest warrants which would lead to “regime change”, a minister said. Last year, a… South Africa to… Read More »

Aleppo Siege, Strikes Are ‘Crimes of Historic Proportions’: UN Rights Chief

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The top United Nations human rights official said Friday that the siege and bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo constituted “crimes of historic proportions.” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, a Jordanian prince and the current U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, referred to Aleppo as “a… Aleppo Siege, Strikes… Read More »

My mother is vetted every day of her life

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I doubt my mother would pass the “extreme vetting” process Donald Trump has in mind for refugees seeking a new life in the United States. By Lev Golinkin After 26 years in this country, she still speaks with a heavy accent, misplaces tenses, mumbles. She doesn’t know the… My mother is… Read More »

Health workers exempt from immigration detention secrecy provisions

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The so-called ‘gag laws’ relating to Australian immigration detention centres will no longer apply to health workers. By Andrea Booth The Australian government has amended the secrecy and disclosure provisions of the 2015 Australian Border Force Act to exempt health… Health workers exempt… Read More »

Australia’s Stranded Refugee Prisoners

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Four years ago, the government of Australia set out to stop migrants and refugees from reaching its shores by boat. By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  It came up with a ruthlessly efficient policy under which people found at sea were sent to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or to the nation of Nauru, each a tiny island in the Pacific, ostensibly the… Australia’s Stranded Refugee… Read More »

As a nation would we ever sink so low as to check refugees’ teeth?

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Britain’s preoccupation with a handful of children from Calais masks the abject shirking of our humanitarian duties on the European stage Hugh Muir What do we see each morning, post-Brexit vote, when we look in the… As a nation… Read More »

Three Elements of Great Community Engagement Campaigns

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All businesses and organisations can increase community engagement through effective campaigns, writes Mike Davis, founder of Purposeful.    In today’s crowded and competitive market, innovative tactics are needed to separate from the pack and optimise engagement with a community of givers. Whether you are a… Three Elements of… Read More »

Successful Leaders Can Change the World

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The Sydney Leadership program offers social leadership and impact based on the Harvard Adaptive Leadership model and provides life-changing skills. Being a leader involves more than managing a team to drive success in an organisation. The world needs leaders who not only excel within a business context, but also who believe in social impact, in… Successful Leaders Can… Read More »

 Will a New Secretary General Invigorate the UN?

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To the disappointment of many UN watchers, the next secretary general will be a man—and a Western European. But he is a passionate defender of human rights and humanitarianism. By Barbara Crossette António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres was born and… Will a New… Read More »

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

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One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Save the… Girl under 15 married every seven… Read More »

Parents protest refugee children starting school in Greece

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Police in a northern Greek village escorted refugee children to school, as local parents protested the launch of a national programme to educate migrant youngsters. Source: AFP Around 100 police formed a corridor to enable some 40 puzzled-looking children from Syria and Afghanistan to enter the… Parents protest refugee… Read More »

Q&A: This Refugee Confronted The Man Behind Sovereign Borders About Suicide Rates

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The questioner said suicides are a ‘direct result’ of prolonged uncertainty. Emily Brooks The co-architect of Operation Sovereign Borders, Jim Molan, spent Monday night’s Q&A program defending the controversial immigration policy he… Q&A: This Refugee… Read More »

UN Hits Out At Nauru’s Treatment Of Asylum Seeker Children

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Nauru has been slammed over conditions at detention centres on the island. The United Nations has criticised the Nauruan Government’s treatment of asylum seeker and refugee children, urging the Pacific nation to improve its performance on a… UN Hits Out At Nauru’s… Read More »

Syrian refugees share excitement and nerves while journeying to new home in Australia

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The number of Syrian refugees arriving in Australia is increasing, as families who received visas under the Government’s new protection program begin to arrive. Correspondents Report By Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill travelled with some of these newest Australians, on the journey to their new home. I could spot them at… Syrian refugees share excitement and… Read More »

Our love of cheap seafood is tainted by slavery: how can it be fixed?

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Murder and slavery have become endemic in the global fishing industry. Tom Levitt Will an ongoing legal case recognise crew members’ rights? And how can the industry police and fix itself? Arusting, unusable boat, abandoned at sea. Its crew left to fend for… Read More »

End child stonings, UN tells Saudi Arabia

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A UN watchdog wants Saudi Arabia to get rid of laws that allow children to be stoned, amputated, flogged and executed. Source: AAP A UN human rights watchdog has called on Saudi Arabia to end discrimination against girls and repeal laws that allow the End child stonings, UN… Read More »