Posts Tagged ‘Human rights’

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

Staff-monitoring software rests in a ‘grey area’

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

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

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

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

Girls – Forced conversions and marriages spike in Pakistan

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

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

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:New Zealand pledges $12.6 million for gender equality in…’Socially irresponsible Read more

Human rights report finds women trafficked into sexual slavery

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:New Zealand’s Catholic Women’s League efforts reach across…’Environment friendly’ electric cars exploit 40,000 child…Pregnant women urged to get Covid jab as data from England…New report Read more