Posts Tagged ‘Human rights’

Disabled workers experience high rates of bullying and harassment

Monday, November 7th, 2022

Disabled workers are disproportionately affected by bullying and harassment in the workplace, according to research by the Human Rights Commission. The research published in Experiences of Workplace Bullying and Harassment in Aotearoa New Zealand showed 61% of disabled workers had been racially harassed in the previous five years, compared to 37% of non-disabled workers. Nearly Read more

El Salvador’s Catholic bishops make safe drinking water a pastoral issue

Monday, December 6th, 2021
El Salvador INFO

El Salvador’s freshwater supplies are so endangered the Catholic bishops have adopted it as a pastoral issue. It’s one they want urgent help with from both the government and the international community. To put it bluntly, the vast majority (70 percent) of El Salvador’s 590 rivers are swamped with giant amounts of human poo and Read more

New report details detention and torture of North Korean Christians

Monday, November 8th, 2021

A new report based on interviews with North Korean defectors details two decades’ detention and torture of North Korean Christians. Some of the human rights violations occurred as recently as 2019. The report and accompanying database, documents 167 serious human rights violations perpetrated against 91 Christians. The report’s eyewitness interviews are current: human rights NGO Read more

Race Commissioner keen on tougher hate speech law

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon says the proposed hate speech law will be a welcome addition to the human rights toolkit. He says the current law covers race and ethnicity, but is silent on disability, religious beliefs or sexual gender or orientation. About half the complaints to the Human Rights Commission are about racial discrimination, Read more

UN experts pressure Church to surrender to abortion and gender ideology

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

A statement from “UN experts” aims to force the Holy See and the Catholic Church to surrender to abortion and gender ideology. It is likely to be published during the UN Human Rights Council’s current session. The UN experts’ statement will probably be made under the guise of demands that the Vatican takes all necessary steps Read more

Baptising babies violates human rights – for life!

Monday, June 14th, 2021
The Irish Times

Baptising babies into the Catholic Church suppresses people’s freedoms for life, the former Irish president says. Mary McAleese thinks the Church needs to overhaul the practice of baptising babies. She says it violates 21st-century human rights. In an address to Oxford University, McAleese said canon law claims the Church is entitled to limit, compromise and Read more

NZ and Australia’s deep concerns about China’s human rights abuses

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Australia and New Zealand have raised deep concerns about human rights abuses against Muslim minorities in China. Citing “the growing number of credible reports” of severe violations, both countries’ foreign ministers say the abuses are occurring in the Xinjiang region. The violations include “restrictions on freedom of religion, mass surveillance, large-scale extra-judicial detentions, as well Read more

Australian immigration policy leaves Pacific people on a limb

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

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

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