Humanity

Pope Francis: You cannot reject refugees and call yourself a Christian

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Pope Francis condemned the hypocrisy from Christians who are merciless to refugees and people of other faiths, addressing a gathering of a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, reports Catholic News Service. Kenneth Lipp U.S. Uncut Francis rebuked “the contradiction of those who want to… “This is not… Pope Francis: You… Read More »

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – in pictures

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Auschwitz survivors gather at the former camp in Poland on the 72nd anniversary of its liberation, as commemoration events are held around the world… The Guardian The main entrance to Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp in Oświęcim, Poland… International Holocaust Remembrance… Read More »

On Holocaust Memorial Day, let us remember our duty to child refugees

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As attitudes towards those fleeing persecution hardens, today is a good day to remember the Kindertransport – and Britain’s humanitarian tradition Alf Dubs The Guardian Holocaust Memorial Day is a time of great reflection for many of us across the country. Today I will think about the… On Holocaust Memorial Day, let… Read More »

France decriminalizes Armenian genocide denial as constitutional council emphasizes freedom of expression

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The French Constitutional Council has ruled late Thursday that the criminalization of denying the Armenian genocide is an “unnecessary and disproportionate attack against freedom of speech” and rescinded the ruling which formerly labeled the denial as a “hate crime.” Daily Sabah According to the council, “This ruling causes uncertainty regarding expressions and comments on historical matters. Thereby, this ruling is an… France decriminalizes Armenian… Read More »

Assisted dying: The complications of legalising killing humans

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As an intensive care specialist in the emergency department of one of Canada’s leading teaching hospitals, Dr Scott Anderson has seen a lot of people die. Larry Cornies ABC He has delivered bad news to grieving families at hospital bedsides. He has had to tell them that… Assisted dying: The complications of… Read More »

Turkish anger as Greece rejects extradition of eight soldiers

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Turkey has reacted with anger after a Greek court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers accused of involvement in an attempted… BBC Turkey accused Greece of failing in the “fight against terrorism” and said the decision was “politically… The eight men fled in a helicopter to… Turkish anger as… Read More »

Doctors plead for pregnant refugee on Nauru to be moved to Australian hospital

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Kuwaiti is more than 35 weeks’ pregnant, her baby is in breech and she has a fibroid or benign tumour on the wall of her uterus Ben Doherty The Guardian Doctors have pleaded for a heavily pregnant refugee on Nauru facing a complex and… Doctors plead for… Read More »

“I couldn’t sleep at night. Had I sent them home to their deaths?” – An ex-asylum officer tells all

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Some of the details described below may be upsetting. I worked for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for 10 years, three of which were spent reviewing asylum applications.. BBC It was my job to review the cases of people coming to Britain in fear of their lives, and work out whether they were telling the truth or not… “I couldn’t sleep… Read More »

“I couldn’t sleep at night. Had I sent them home to their deaths?” – An ex-asylum officer tells all

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Some of the details described below may be upsetting I worked for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for 10 years, three of which were spent reviewing asylum… BBC It was my job to review the cases of people coming to Britain in fear of their lives, and work out whether they were telling the truth or… “I couldn’t sleep… Read More »

Scapegoating foreign aid

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British foreign aid is not to blame for poverty and failed social services in the UK. Rachel Shabi Al Jazeera News In our Brexity, Trumpist times, you only need to see the words “foreign aid” to understand that such a thing – and also its entire operational philosophy – is in jeopardy. In the midst of a populist… Scapegoating foreign… Read More »

Europe needs refashioning to address its anger and fears

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Britain’s departure is an ideal chance for remaining states to rewrite the rules on taxation and… Lodewijk Asscher The Guardian With the rightwing and populist tide that seemingly holds Europe in its grip, scapegoat politics is gaining the upper… I share the passion of my progressive colleagues to provide a strong, social and… Europe needs refashioning… Read More »

This Is Who He Is

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A morally empty man gave a morally empty speech to cap off a morally empty… William Saletan Slate Kellyanne Conway promised Donald Trump’s inaugural address would be self… “He actually will convey today, I predict, that this is not about him,” she said Friday morning on… This Is Who… Read More »

The New Australian Order: Moving Power From The Courts To Peter Dutton Doesn’t Just Harm Asylum Seekers

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A new report shines a light on the growing powers of the Minister. When norms like the presumption of innocence are challenged, we all lose, writes Max Chalmers. Max Chalmers New Matilda Imagine a neighbour accuses you of a crime. The police investigate and… The New Australian Order… Read More »

Meet the father and son walking from Adelaide to Canberra to help refugees

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‘I owe it to my children to fight for the Australia I love, and that’s the Australia that gives people a fair… Alyssa Braithwaite SBS A father and his 13-year old son are walking from Adelaide to Canberra to protest the Australian government’s refugee policy and call for an end to offshore… Adelaide criminal lawyer Adam… Meet the father… Read More »

Should asylum seekers be allowed to work during their application?

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Should asylum seekers be allowed to work in their host countries? Debating Europe The 1951 UN Convention on Refugees – which all EU members have signed – states that refugees “lawfully staying” in a country should have the right to… But an application for refugee status can take months… Should asylum seekers… Read More »

Germany to review over 500 asylum applications over security risk

Migrants wait for a first registration at the registration point for asylum seekers in Erding near Munich, southern Germany, on November 15, 2016. 
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Authorities have lost track of three people who may post a threat, MP said. Cynthia Kroet Politico Authorities are investigating 547 asylum seekers who may pose a security threat to Germany, according to the country’s interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, Reuters reported Thursday. De Maizière told parliament… Germany to review over… Read More »