Humanity

Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal

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Defence officials balked at letting Scottish army band perform at ‘blatantly political’ Aberdeen ceremony backing jailed leader Luke Harding A decision by Aberdeen’s Labour council to give Nelson Mandela the freedom of the city caused turmoil inside the Ministry of Defence because of a dance performance by the… Source: Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal | UK news | The Guardian Read More »

Uruguay’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health

Germán Velásquez is the Special Adviser for Health and Development of the South Centre. By Germán Velásquez In a landmark decision that has been hailed as a victory of public health measures against narrow commercial interests, an international tribunal has dismissed a claim by tobacco giant company Philip Morris that the… Source: Uruguay’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health | Inter Press Service Read More »

Triggs to Act As Indigenous Social Justice Commissioner

Australian Human Rights Commission president Professor Gillian Triggs has been appointed as the acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner for three months while a selection process is undertaken to replace former commissioner Mick Gooda. Indigenous advocate Gooda resigned to take up his appointment as one of two royal commissioners investigating child protection and… Source: Triggs to Act As Indigenous Social Justice Commissioner – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

Australia, the sunny pariah

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An ongoing series of odious policy decisions is damaging Australia’s international reputation. Cameron Steer Australia’s actions have often fallen beneath its rhetoric, and white Australia has not atoned for its crimes against indigenous Australians. There are nonetheless many moments in Australia’s history in which Australians can take pride, and which bolstered Australia’s reputation as a good global citizen. The Fraser government resettled over… Read More… Read More »

Distressed man leads to discovery of 23 ‘slaves’ in Meath

Six people arrested after man, believed to be Romanian, fled house to raise alarm Thursday was an uneventful day at Cassidy’s Tyre Centre, at the side of the R162 in Castletown, near Nobber in Co Meath – until a middle-aged man made a run for the garage from a cottage over a kilometre away, clutching a piece of paper… Source: Distressed man leads to discovery of 23 ‘slaves’ in Meath Read More »

Civilians evacuated as Syrian Kurds bombed in Hasakah

Dozens killed, thousands evacuated after second day of Syrian government air raids on Kurdish-controlled areas of city.. Syrian government jets have continued to pound Kurdish-controlled parts of the northeastern city of Hasakah for a second day, killing at least 22 residents and forcing thousands to flee… Source: Civilians evacuated as Syrian Kurds bombed in Hasakah – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

World Humanitarian Day: Some Things to Consider

As we celebrate World Humanitarian Day on 19 August let us reflect that while international respect for humanitarian principles have regressed in recent years, the impetus and momentum created by the UN’s World Humanitarian Summit offers an opportunity for progress. Let us grasp this opportunity before it is too late. The world is experiencing a series of compounded, prolonged and increasingly conflict-based humanitarian crises. In 2015, over 125 million people required daily emergency food, water and shelter for… Source: World Humanitarian ... Read More »

Dutton’s new gambit ‘another form of torture’

Peter Dutton is taking his war on people smuggling to a new level, one that defies logic and basic decency and appears to be more about establishing his big-C conservative credentials than protecting the nation’s borders. Not content with contradicting his Prime Minister and declaring there is no third country option for the refugees stranded on Manus Island, Dutton now insists that any refugees who… Source: Dutton’s new gambit ‘another form of torture’ Read More »

Peter Dutton attacks Guardian and ABC over reporting of Nauru files

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Minister accuses news organisations of ‘trivialising’ grave issues ‘by trying to promote the 2,100 reports as somehow all being serious when they’re not’ Australia’s immigration minister has launched a wide-ranging attack on the Guardian and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, saying he wasn’t going to… Source: Peter Dutton attacks Guardian and ABC over reporting of Nauru files | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Manus Island centre set to close – but where to for the detainees?

The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre – one of the two key sites of Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime – will close. A date is not set, nor any arrangement confirmed for resettling the 854 men still detained there. In April 2016, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court found the detention arrangement on Manus Island was unconstitutional. PNG… Source: Manus Island centre set to close – but where to for the detainees? Read More »

Oxfam calls for Australia to triple humanitarian migration intake

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Charity says Australia should resettle 42,000 humanitarian applicants a year from 2020 to ‘address the global migration crisis’ Australia could comfortably triple its humanitarian migration intake to 42,000 people a year, Oxfam has said in a statement, as the fallout from the Nauru filesand the… Source: Oxfam calls for Australia to triple humanitarian migration intake | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

European politicians take note: the ‘Australian solution’ is no solution at all

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In dealing with the influx of asylum seekers, it’s clear that hiding behind the sovereignty of another state is becoming increasingly untenable Last week’s publication in the Guardian of over 2000 files from Nauru, a small Pacific island nation that accepts asylum seekers who try to come to… Source: European politicians take note: the ‘Australian solution’ is no solution at all | Nikolas Feith Tan | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Revealed: Peter Dutton’s extensive briefings about risks and harm to children on Nauru

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Exclusive: Save the Children provided immigration minister with detailed analysis well before Dutton referred to allegations in the Nauru files as ‘hype’ Paul Farrell Read the letters in full Australia’s immigration minister was extensively briefed about the impact prolonged detention was having on children held on Nauru, official… Source: Revealed: Peter Dutton’s extensive briefings about risks and harm to children on Nauru | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Manus Island detention centre to close, Australia and Papua New Guinea agree

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Immigration minister Peter Dutton offers no details on plans for the 854 detainees, but says none will be resettled in Australia Australia and Papua New Guinea have agreed to close the Manus Island detention centre, PNG’s prime minister Peter O’Neill has said, but he has offered no detail on… Source: Manus Island detention centre to close, Australia and Papua New Guinea agree | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Disability Orgs Condemn Treatment of Student ‘Locked in a Cage’

National disability organisations have condemned the treatment of a student who was allegedly “locked in a cage” and have called on the government to establish a royal commission. The Australian Cross Disability Alliance, said it was “appalled” at a report on ABC 7.30 which showed the abuse and restraint of a student with disability. The program, which aired on Tuesday, revealed that a… Source: Disability Orgs Condemn Treatment of Student ‘Locked in a Cage’ – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

Our planet is heating – the empirical evidence

In an entertaining and somewhat chaotic episode of ABC’s Q&A (Monday 15th August) pitting science superstar Brian Cox against climate contrarian and global conspiracy theorist and now senator Malcolm Roberts, the question of cause and effect and empirical data was raised repeatedly in regard to climate change. Watching I pondered the question – what would I need to change my… Source: Our planet is heating – the empirical evidence Read More »