Posts Tagged ‘Human rights’

Francis and Benedict address rights symposium Comments 0

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Pope Francis and pope emeritus Benedict – have sent letters supporting the 2018 International Symposium “Fundamental rights and conflicts among rights” taking place in Rome this week. The symposium is being held by the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation. Both Francis and Benedict’s letters were addressed to Vatican Foundation president Fr Federico Lombardi SJ and Read more

Manus refugee nominated for human rights award Comments 0

Monday, October 29th, 2018

A Manus Island refugee has been nominated for an international human rights award. Abdul Aziz Muhamat fled persecution in Sudan only to be detained by Australia in Papua New Guinea, where he became a spokesperson for hundreds of men held there for five years. Continue reading Related Posts:Sick Manus Island refugees not given interpretersKiwis, what Read more

Men and women forbidden to dine together Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018
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Men and women in the Indonesian province of Aceh are no longer allowed to dine together unless they are married or related. Under the latest regulation in Bireuën district on Sumatra island, men and women will not be able to dine together at restaurants and coffee shops unless they are accompanied by their husband or Read more

Australia complicit in political prosecution in Nauru Comments 0

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
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A former president of Nauru says Australia is “complicit in a political prosecution.” Nauru has abolished a decades-old link to Australia’s legal system, removing the island nation’s highest court of appeal in a move critics have described as “shocking” and “concerning” for human rights. On 12 December last year, the Nauruan government quietly informed Australia it wished to unilaterally withdraw Read more

Nazi genocide research leads to priest’s award Comments 0

Monday, October 30th, 2017

A French priest has received a human rights award for research uncovering millions of previously unaccounted-for Nazi genocide victims. Father Patrick Desbois was awarded the Lantos Foundation’s Human Rights Prize last week for being a “vital voice standing up for the values of decency, dignity, freedom, and justice.” The prize is named after a Holocaust Read more

Australia: empty platitudes on human rights Comments 0

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

In the one week, Australia’s human rights record made headlines in two quite different ways. First, the UN announced that Australia would be joining the Human Rights Council. Subsequently, the UN Human Rights Committee criticised Australia for ‘chronic non-compliance’ with the committee’s recommendations. Indeed, it reported that Australia’s non-compliance was ‘completely off the charts’. The dissonance of these two Read more

Vatican official – end sexist attitudes Comments 0

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

A Vatican official says sexist attitudes must change and women should be recognised as having equal worth as men and be allowed to fully exercise their human rights. This is an increasingly urgent issue because of the “resurgence of divisions in today’s world,” Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.   Read more

The Sister who got 87 detainees home to Vietnam Comments 0

Thursday, June 1st, 2017
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Sister Ma Theresa Trinh Vu Phuong has helped over 130 detained Vietnamese fishermen in a number of Papua New Guinean (PNG) prisons to return home. She looked after the needs of the detainees and served as their interpreter and mediator in court, said the secretary for communications and youth at Don Bosco Technical School at Read more

God’s special plans for Pakistani Christians Comments 0

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Pakistani Christians have suffered much persecution from the Islamic State. However the Archbishop of Lahore, Sebastian Shaw, says Pakistani Christians are realizing that God gave them a special calling to be his witnesses and work for the human rights and dignity of all in their country. Read more Related Posts:Indian Christians fear violenceWestern Christians need Read more

Ni-Vanuatu vineyard workers say contractor underpaid them Comments 0

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Pacific Island vineyard workers thought coming to New Zealand would be a blessing, but after a season of low pay and broken promises they don’t think they will be back. They say the pay rates set out in the contracts they signed back in Vanuatu have been ignored, leaving them around $300 a week short Read more