Posts Tagged ‘Human rights’

Race Commissioner keen on tougher hate speech law

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon says the proposed hate speech law will be a welcome addition to the human rights toolkit. He says the current law covers race and ethnicity, but is silent on disability, religious beliefs or sexual gender or orientation. About half the complaints to the Human Rights Commission are about racial discrimination, Read more

UN experts pressure Church to surrender to abortion and gender ideology

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

A statement from “UN experts” aims to force the Holy See and the Catholic Church to surrender to abortion and gender ideology. It is likely to be published during the UN Human Rights Council’s current session. The UN experts’ statement will probably be made under the guise of demands that the Vatican takes all necessary steps Read more

Baptising babies violates human rights – for life!

Monday, June 14th, 2021
The Irish Times

Baptising babies into the Catholic Church suppresses people’s freedoms for life, the former Irish president says. Mary McAleese thinks the Church needs to overhaul the practice of baptising babies. She says it violates 21st-century human rights. In an address to Oxford University, McAleese said canon law claims the Church is entitled to limit, compromise and Read more

NZ and Australia’s deep concerns about China’s human rights abuses

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Australia and New Zealand have raised deep concerns about human rights abuses against Muslim minorities in China. Citing “the growing number of credible reports” of severe violations, both countries’ foreign ministers say the abuses are occurring in the Xinjiang region. The violations include “restrictions on freedom of religion, mass surveillance, large-scale extra-judicial detentions, as well Read more

Australian immigration policy leaves Pacific people on a limb

Monday, October 19th, 2020
Australian migration

More than 100,000 people are in limbo overseas due to an Australian migration policy appearing to lack compassion. Many are awaiting visas to join their partners who are in Australia. Due to the pandemic, Australia closed its borders to almost everyone except Australian citizens, permanent residents, resident New Zealand citizens or immediate family members. The Read more

Vatican tells UN it is ‘deeply concerned’ by push to ‘reinterpret’ foundations of human rights

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Moves to reinterpret the very foundations of human rights have left a Vatican representative to the United Nations “deeply concerned”. In a statement Oct. 6, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said that the reinterpretation of human rights benefited the powerful at the expense of the weak. “The Read more

UK accuses China of ‘gross’ human rights abuses against Uighurs

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has accused China of “gross and egregious” human rights abuses against its Uighurs and said sanctions against those responsible cannot be ruled out. Reports of forced sterilisation and wider persecution of the Muslim group were “reminiscent of something not seen for a long time”, he told the BBC. The UK Read more

Australia: Call for Rio Tinto to be stripped of human rights ranking after destruction of sacred site

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Thirty five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and human rights organisations have called on the global Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), based in the Netherlands, to strip Rio Tinto of its status as a global human rights leader, following the company’s blasting of a 46,000 year old Aboriginal sacred site in the Pilbara region, Western Read more

Sentence against human rights, but cannot be overturned

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

A seven-year prison sentence for a mentally-ill man who kissed a stranger on Cuba St went well beyond excessive punishment and would shock properly informed New Zealanders, the Court of Appeal has found. But despite the finding, two of the justices involved in the case say the man cannot be discharged because of New Zealand’s Read more

Asian Bishops’ Conferences concerned about new Hong Kong law

Monday, July 6th, 2020

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences is concerned about China’s new security law in Hong Kong. In a statement, Cardinal Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon in Myanmar and president of the Asian Bishops’ Conferences says the bishops are calling for Christians to pray for the people of Hong Kong and China. China’s President Xi Jinping Read more