Posts Tagged ‘Human rights’

Girls – Forced conversions and marriages spike in Pakistan Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019
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Sixteen-year-old Suneeta and her 12-year-old sister were walking home in March when they were kidnapped. The men who took them forced the girls to convert to Islam. “We were walking back to our house after working on the farm when men in a car came out of nowhere and dragged us in with them,” said Read more

Wife-tracking apps are one sign of Saudi Arabia’s vile regime Comments 0

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
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Credit where it’s due. The Saudi Absher app, just described as “inhuman” by two clearly terrified Saudi refugees, also has some fabulous user reviews on its supplier websites, Apple and Google Play. To read the surge of five-star tributes placed after the app’s invaluable contribution to human enslavement was widely exposed earlier in the year Read more

Human rights and Ardern’s visit to China Comments 0

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Fairly and otherwise, the media often gets criticized for not speaking truth to power, especially on human rights issues. At this week’s post-Cabinet press conference, PM Jacinda Ardern gave us a glimpse into how formulaic the raising of such concerns has become. Read more Related Posts:Does prime minster Ardern pray?Human rights report finds women trafficked Read more

Human rights report finds women trafficked into sexual slavery Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

A new Human Rights Watch report says young Burmese women are being trafficked to China as ‘brides’ then locked in rooms and raped until they become pregnant. Read more Related Posts:Bishop says China’s one-child policy leads to…Abortion lobby group complains to Human Rights CommissionLiberal prostitution laws make Switzerland trafficking hubManus refugee nominated for human rights Read more

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