Humanity

NGOs need to step up and keep children safe – here’s what they can do

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The wave of reports about abuses perpetrated by aid sector workers in Haiti and elsewhere, including allegations of the abuse of children, should sadly come as little surprise. Rosa Freedman The Conversation International actors frequently fall into the gaps between national, regional and international law, and therefore need internal measures to ensure that they adhere to international standards. And of all the players in international interventions, NGOs perhaps need them the… Unlike militaries, intergovernmental organisations or even private sector actors, ... Read More »

Cape Town drought declared a ‘national disaster’

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South Africa has declared the drought which has seen Cape Town hurtling towards “Day Zero” a national disaster. BBC The government made the announcement after reassessing the “magnitude and severity” of the three-year drought. It has badly affected three of the country’s nine provinces. The decision came as Cape Town announced its water saving measures, which require each citizen to use less than 50 litres a day, had successfully pushed back “Day Zero” to 4 June. Just a matter of ... Read More »

Three reasons why the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians aren’t closing

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This year’s Closing the Gap report tells a more positive story than the 2017 report on the seven measurable gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in the areas of health, education and employment. Francis Markham Nicholas Biddle The Conversation According to the government’s figures, the targets relating to Year 12 attainment, early childhood education, and child mortality are on track to be closed. In last year’s report, Year 12 attainment was on track, but child mortality wasn’t. Early childhood education is a ... Read More »

Apartheid State: Compensation For Sexual Abuse Victims, Betrayal For Stolen Generations

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The Turnbull Government has responded swiftly and justly to the final report into the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses To Child Sexual Abuse. Chris Graham New Matilda And then there’s the response to the Bringing Them Home report, and the stolen wages scandal across two decades, and successive governments. The double standard is there in black and white, for anyone who cares to look. Chris Graham reports. One of the really useful things about the #changethedate campaign is that it serves as ... Read More »

Cornered in the shower and assaulted: the torment of a prisoner with disabilities

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I was interviewing prisoners in a male prison in Western Australia, on a sweltering afternoon, when Coen (not his real name) walked in, in his faded green prison uniform. Kriti Sharma The Sydney Morning Herald  For the first five minutes all he could say was, “It’s too shameful. I can’t tell you.” Coen, an Aboriginal man in his early 20s with a cognitive disability, had only been in prison for a few months but he looked defeated. With tears rolling ... Read More »

Who is Asma Jahangir ?

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Known for maintaining a resolute stance in the face of extreme pressure and opposition, Jahangir will be remembered as a champion for the disenfranchised The Indian Express Eminent lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away in Lahore after she suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday, according to Pakistan media. She was 66. “Asma suffered heart attack today morning and she was rushed to Hameed Latif Hospital Lahore where she breathed her last. Doctors tried to save her life ... Read More »

Outraged by the Attacks on Yazidis? It Is Time to Help.

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Three years ago I was one of thousands of Yazidi women kidnapped by the Islamic State and sold into slavery Nadia Murad The New York Times I endured rape, torture and humiliation at the hands of multiple militants before I escaped. I was relatively lucky; many Yazidis went through worse than I did and for much longer. Many are still missing. Many have been killed. Once I escaped, I felt that it was my duty to tell the world about ... Read More »

Tony Wright’s column: Life is brief. Pluck the day and share it with friends

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A valued mate is celebrating his 70th birthday next month. He’s been insisting I attend the dinner he is giving to mark this venerable achievement. Tony Wright The Age The thing is that he has taken himself across the world, and is living in the exotic city of Tangier, Morocco. Too far, I figured. Too difficult. Haven’t got the time. Or the spare cash. Dithering, it became easy to offer excuses to myself. And yet. My friend will never have ... Read More »

Non-Violence Uses Love as Force

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“Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative tension that a community that has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored…there is a type of of constructive nonviolent tension that is necessary for growth.…So the purpose of the direct action is to create a… Richard Moser CounterPunch The Civil Rights movements’ primary strategic approach was non-violent mass civil ... Read More »

Rohingyan refugee pleads for Australia’s permission to speak to EU

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Habiburahman asked to address European parliament about persecution, but cannot leave Australia Ben Doherty The Guardian A Rohingyan refugee living in Australia is pleading with the Australian government to grant him a travel document allowing him to speak at the European parliament about the persecution of his people. Habiburahman – who goes by only one name – arrived in Australia from Myanmar, which was then known as Burma, by boat in 2009. But he has spent 18 years as a ... Read More »

ICC to probe alleged crimes in Philippines, Venezuela

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The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) launched initial probes on Feb. 7 into alleged crimes against humanity during the “war on drugs” in the Philippines and political upheaval in Venezuela. THE HAGUE Hurriyet “Since 2016, I have closely followed the situations” in both the Philippines and Venezuela, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement. After “a careful, independent and impartial review… I have decided to open a preliminary examination into each situation.” In the Philippines, her office would ... Read More »

Rules to ban sex between politicians and staff suggested by independent MP Cathy McGowan

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A ban on sex between politicians and their staff is being suggested by independent Federal MP Cathy McGowan. By political correspondent Louise Yaxley ABC Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has insisted on his right to privacy over his relationship with a former staff member who is now expecting his baby. But his situation has prompted a debate about the appropriateness of relationships between politicians and their staff. “Good workplace practice includes clear expectations about behaviour,” Ms McGowan said. She noted ... Read More »

A lonely death in Adelaide’s leafy suburbs

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Opinion At a small and heartbreaking funeral in suburban Tusmore, Adelaide lawyer Mal Byrne says he grasped the full horror of the damage wrought by Australia’s immigration detention system. Mal Byrne / Tindall Gask Bentley In Daily His name was Aref. He died in November 2017 at the age of 47. He was my client. He died alone in his unit tucked away in the leafy eastern suburbs of Adelaide. It was several days before his body was found. He ... Read More »

Teen ‘Widows’ of Duterte’s Drug War Face a Bleak Economic Future

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They are the hidden cost of Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war in the Philippines: single, teenage mothers whose partners have been killed by police or vigilantes. Ana P. Santos News Deeply And without a job or government support, it’s near impossible for them to support their children. MANILA, PHILIPPINES – It was just after midnight when four men in black masks broke down Jazmine Durana’s door. Two of them held Durana and her baby at gunpoint, ordering them to stay inside. The other two ... Read More »

Child abuse redress scheme would exclude offshore detention victims, lawyers say

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Exclusive: Turnbull government says compensation should not be available to those who are not citizens or permanent residents Christopher Knaus The Guardian The government’s model for a national redress scheme would exclude children who were abused in Australia’s offshore detention network, a lawyers’ association has warned. A national redress scheme was one of the key recommendations of the landmark child abuse royal commission, offering a way to compensate survivors without forcing them to resort to costly and prolonged civil action. ... Read More »

Portugal confronts its slave trade past

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Planned monument in Lisbon sparks debate over race and history LISBON — Over five centuries after it launched the Atlantic slave trade, Portugal is preparing to build a memorial to the millions of Africans its ships carried into bondage. Paul Ames Politico Citizens of Lisbon voted in December for the monument to be built on a quayside where slave ships once unloaded. Yet although the memorial has broad support, a divisive debate has ignited over how Portugal faces up to ... Read More »