Posts Tagged ‘Human rights’

Australian immigration policy leaves Pacific people on a limb Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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

Staff-monitoring software rests in a ‘grey area’ Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Sales of staff-monitoring software have skyrocketed thanks to businesses wanting to keep track of what workers are up to while working from home as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. Ian Howard, CEO of brand and ethics consultancy Bright Street Studio, says even the names – like Time Doctor or Staff Cop – can feel “slightly Read more

Cambodia’s government accused of rights violations under pandemic cover Comments 0

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Cambodia’s government has been using the coronavirus pandemic as a cover to make arbitrary arrests of opposition political leaders and its critics, says a US-based human rights organization. The government has detained at least 30 people for spreading “fake news” since the start of the outbreak in the country in January, New York-based Human Rights Read more

Our housing problem is a human rights problem Comments 0

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

New Zealand’s housing problem is a human rights crisis of significant proportions, says a United Nations expert. United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to housing Leilani Farha who has been visiting New Zealand, has issued a statement about her findings. She said a “more ambitious, innovative and courageous approach” is necessary to solve the Read more

Dutch burqa ban hits brick wall Comments 0

Monday, August 5th, 2019

The Netherlands’ police and and transport companies are unwilling to enforce a ban on wearing a face-covering burqa. Their lack of cooperation with the so-called burqa ban made the new legislation largely unworkable on its first day in law. Under the terms of the Partial Ban on Face-Covering Clothing Act, various forms of headgear are Read more