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A year after Rabaa massacre, Egypt has gone from bad to worse

A year ago, hundreds of Egyptians were massacred by the police and army. Fast forward 12 months and it’s clear that was only the beginning for human rights abuses, writes Rachel Williamson, freelance journalist in Cairo.

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Saville’s Shout: Australia’s soul … Tsiolkas uncut … literary siblings …

Authors at the Sydney Writers’ Festival make a compelling argument that Australia has lost its moral compass. Plus other fantastic events at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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The atrocities of North Korea: we have to engage, not isolate

The UN report into human rights atrocities in North Korea is clear: only engagement, not isolation or aggression, will improve the situation. Deakin lecturer and north-east Asia researcher Danielle Chubb reports.

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Wilson to battle his own ideology in rights factory

Tim Wilson battles his own ideological demons in accepting a job at the Australian Human Rights Commission. But for all the controversy, he’ll probably have very little impact.

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Crikey clarifier: are there ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka?

Some say there are ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, but the government denies it. With the recent CHOGM meeting shining a light on the issue, Crikey intern Virginia Millen explains the situation and looks at both sides.

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The Australian doing hard time overseas (no, it’s not Schapelle)

Jock Palfreeman says he acted in self-defence when he took a life. Bulgarian courts say otherwise. Now Palfreeman alleges he was assaulted by prison guards — so why isn’t the media interested? Freelance writer Andy Fleming investigates.

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Sri Lankan human rights concerns derailing Commonwealth summit

Sri Lanka hoped that hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting would showcase its development since the Tamil war. But it hasn’t quite worked out that way.

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How to beat George Brandis and marry your same-sex partner

Gay couples are racing to wed in the ACT before a mooted High Court challenge. If they get in under the wire, though, it is by no means certain that their marriages will remain valid, writes Natalie Tencic.

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Informed consent and human rights for indigenous Australians

The Commonwealth government has a history of intervening in indigenous affairs without local consultation. ANU professor Jon Altman asks: do the Stronger Futures laws contravene human rights?

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The ethics of enforced child vaccinations

There is a broad consensus in the medical community that immunisation is safe, effective and healthy — although not all parents agree. Monash University Law School associate professor Dr Paula Gerber says making childcare conditional upon being vaccinated violates a child’s human rights.

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Myanmar’s getting better — but there’s a long way to go

Myanmar’s president — currently in Australia — is driving a range of social, political and economic reforms in the former military dictatorship. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, writes Victoria Bruce in Myanmar.

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‘Softly-softly’ policy on Vietnam sparks debate

A visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Vietnam on July 10 has drawn a stark contrast to Australia’s “softly softly” approach on Vietnamese human rights.

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The Coalition’s leaked policy notes: what you found

Readers have been running the ruler over the Coalition’s “speaker’s notes” leaked by Crikey yesterday. Here are the best responses …

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Human rights gets a new voice, Right Now

Not-for-profit media organisation Right Now is a lesson in socially responsible and creative online publishing, writes Sanjay Fernandes, a freelance writer and journalist.

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Human rights simply not on song in Azerbaijan

The grand final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Azerbaijan capital Baku this weekend amidst international turbulence and condemnation. Scott Barnes reports.

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WikiLeaks lawyer, on ‘inhibited person’ travel list, stopped at airport

Human rights lawyer Jen Robinson has been stopped while returning to Australia as an “inhibited person”. Who did it and why?

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Fact #1: asylum seeker community detention brought in by Howard

Let’s get one thing clear. Asylum seekers do not get more than Australian residents and citizens, writes Caz Coleman, a member of the Council for Immigration Services and Status Resolution.

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OurSay challenges MPs on intervention, banking and personal wealth

Questions on the NT intervention, a people’s bank, MPs’ tax and uranium-based munitions returns have emerged in Our Say’s People’s Question project

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Removing race from our constitution

We don’t collectively identify as racist. And yet there is the undeniable reality that our constitution as it stands still contains two sections designed specifically to discriminate.

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Crikey says: no excuse for ignorance when it comes to West Papua

At least two journalists have been killed in West Papua, five abducted and 18 assaulted in the past year.

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Menadue: urgent need for a new approach to asylum seekers

We must safeguard Australia’s national interest by ensuring that the claims of refugees and asylum seekers to Australia’s protection are considered rigorously but with compassion, writes The Centre for Policy Development’s John Menadue.

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Letter from: Ghana … caught on the wrong side of the political divide

While Côte d’Ivoire may be relatively stable for now, human rights organisations continue to express concern at the government’s seeming unwillingness to investigate and prosecute its own forces, writes journalist Clair MacDougall.

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The bureaucracy of Gitmo

Benjamin Franklin’s famous trade-off between liberty and temporary safety – for those who deserve neither — stands itemized in human form in the Gitmo documents, in those many files full of misspellings, malapropisms and justifications, the dream-diary jottings of a superpower nightmare.

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Who you calling a human rights violator? China fights back

After criticism from the United States over human rights abuses and treatment of dissidents, China has fought back by publishing 7,500 words on human rights violations in the US, including racial discimrination and wrongful imprisonment.

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China’s crackdown driven by economic stresses and an emboldened Left

China’s crackdown on dissent is only the culmination of a wave of repression by a government facing growing economic discontent.

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