Posts Tagged ‘Human rights’

Refugees left waiting by UN Comments 0

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Refugees and migrants will have to wait for the United Nations (U.N.) to ratify a draft international agreement to help settle their plight. At present, more people are forcibly displaced from their homes than at any time since the Second World War ended. But their circumstances are so politically contentious that after days of intense Read more

Asylum seekers in Nauru subject to severe abuse Comments 0

Friday, August 5th, 2016

About 1,200 men, women, and children who sought refuge in Australia and were forcibly transferred to Nauru have suffered severe abuse, inhumane treatment, and neglect, according to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International Most of them have been held there for three years. They routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who Read more

Samoa Observer says sorry but complaints still laid with Ombudsman Comments 0

Friday, June 24th, 2016

At least three formal complaints have been lodged with the Ombudsman’s office over the Samoa Observer newspaper’s front page treatment of a young transgender victim of suicide. There have been mixed reactions to the paper’s more personal apology published in the Samoa Observer on Tuesdayover the signature of the editor in chief Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa. Read more

Samoa newspaper uses trans-gender death to make a point Comments 0

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Outrage has erupted in Samoa after a newspaper published a photograph of a dead trans-gender woman. The suspected cause of death is suicide. The 20-year-old computer student was a regular at the Catholic Church of Taufusi. She was discovered in a church hall on Friday morning local time. A photograph on the front page of Read more

Law reforms in Nauru: suicide, homosexuality decriminalised Comments 0

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The Nauru government has announced that the island’s Parliament this month passed a number of laws to bring the nation up to international human rights standards. A new act replaces a former criminal code that dated back to 1899 and was based on old Queensland laws. The law reforms come after a number of incidents at the Read more

Dissident priest released by Vietnam before Obama visit Comments 0

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Just before a visit from President Obama, Vietnam released a political dissident priest who had spent much of the last two decades in jail or house arrest. Catholic Church officials announced that Fr Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly was released from jail on Friday morning, AFP reported. President Obama started a three-day visit to Vietnam on Read more

Sr. Dianna Ortiz, advocate for victims of human trafficking Comments 0

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

In 1989, while serving in Guatemala as a missionary in a Mayan community, Ursuline Sr. Dianna Ortiz was abducted and tortured by Guatemalan security forces. This trauma fuelled her passion for human rights work. Ortiz now serves as the editor of Education for Justice, a project of the Center of Concern. She also founded the Read more

Rising sea levels — only 160,000 people so who gives a damn? Comments 0

Friday, March 11th, 2016

The Pacific Island nations often cited as the most likely to disappear because of rising sea levels include Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu. Kiribati has a population of just over 100,000. The Marshall Islands about 52,000. And Tuvalu close to 10,000. The problem for small Pacific Island nations is that on a world scale Read more

9 Christian leaders arrested protesting asylum seekers’ deporation Comments 0

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Last week 9 Australian Christian leaders were arrested after they protested against the deportation of asylum seekers. The nine leaders from different Church traditions were protesting the deportation of 267 men, women and children to detention camps on the Pacific island of Nauru. The majority of them are asylum seekers who were brought from the Read more

Reflections on refusal of NZ residency for autistic boy Comments 0

Friday, February 19th, 2016

It is largely an accident that the case of my autistic stepson Peter – refused residency in New Zealand on health grounds by the country’s immigration authorities – has become a cause celebre. We never planned it that way, and for personal reasons we do not intend to fight what we see as an invidious Read more