Topic archives: human rights

The death of legendary Pakistani lawyer Asma Jahangir is a blow to human rights everywhere

February 13, 2018 1

The death of Jahangir, who was a champion of women and human rights, drew calls to continue her work from across Pakistani's ideological spectrum.

What the American net neutrality decision means for Australia

and December 15, 2017 8

Ajit Pai's destruction of net neutrality has ramifications beyond the American economy into the realm of human rights.

Bishop losing her way on Asian diplomacy as Xi cements power

November 1, 2017 5

While Chinese Premier Xi Jinping consolidated his power at China's 19th National Congress, Australia's leaders continue to show their diplomatic and moral weakness.

Indonesia on notice: West Papuans still want independence

September 28, 2017 2

There is widespread international sympathy for resolving the issue of West Papua, but the hurdles are immense.

Banks turn a blind eye to human rights abuses in Borneo

May 12, 2017 1

Forest destruction and land loss have resulted in a “far-reaching human rights disaster” for Borneo’s indigenous peoples, writes freelance journalist Jenny Denton.

Taxpayers should shell out for religious indoctrination in public schools because freedom

May 8, 2017 12

School chaplains argue they need millions of dollars in taxpayer funding to push their religion in government schools.

Ruddock costs taxpayers more than $200,000 in a year, plus parliamentary pension

April 27, 2017 8

Former immigration minister Philip Ruddock has cost taxpayers over $200,000 in his first year as special envoy on human rights, new figures reveal.

Australia finally taking China to task for human rights abuses

March 15, 2016 4

Yes, China is important to Australia's economy. But that does not mean it should get a free pass.

Ruddock’s record on rights makes a joke of his retirement gig

February 9, 2016 15

Philip Ruddock's time in public life has been devoted to undermining human rights. His appointment as an envoy on the issue is ludicrous.

UK, Sweden fast running out of excuses to detain Assange

February 5, 2016 17

A UN panel finding that Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained shines a light on the deliberate strategy of the UK and Swedish governments to leave him in legal limbo.

Abbott to speak at US homophobic ‘freedom’ group

January 27, 2016 27

The Alliance Defending Freedom argues that homosexuality should be illegal. And guess who their new bestie is?

Trade for silence: why Australia leaves Chinese prisoners to rot

December 22, 2015 1

China gets a free pass, while less lucrative countries feel the full brunt of Australia's righteousness.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

November 9, 2015 4

Breaking (three-year-old) news! ... assistant minister needs to mind his manners ...

US welcomes beheaders, crucifiers to human rights panel

US welcomes beheaders, crucifiers to human rights panel

September 24, 2015 7

Saudi Arabia is about to behead and crucify a youth for protests against the country's fundamentalist regime. And the US has "welcomed" its appointment to lead a human rights panel.

Meet the man who makes tyrants, warlords and governments shake in their boots

Meet the man who makes tyrants, warlords and governments shake in their boots

May 22, 2015 1

Human Rights Watch emergencies director Peter Bouckaert knows his way around a war zone -- and a minister's office, writes The Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.

Could Aung San Suu Kyi become president of Myanmar?

Could Aung San Suu Kyi become president of Myanmar?

February 13, 2015 4

As Myanmar's ruling government is pushing for regressive legislation amounting to religious apartheid, Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes a bold play for democracy.

A politically motivated campaign against Gillian Triggs?

A politically motivated campaign against Gillian Triggs?

January 16, 2015 34

Is The Australian out to get the Human Rights Commission's president because she's about to embarrass the government? The Oz 's editor doesn't think so, report Mahalia Dobson and Myriam Robin.

Abortion should be a routine medical procedure, not a crime

Abortion should be a routine medical procedure, not a crime

November 10, 2014 5

Virulent protesters outside abortion clinics around Australia are only part of the violation of women's rights perpetuated by anti-abortion laws, writes Caroline de Costa, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at James Cook University.

China’s political fox hunt calls for some shirt-front diplomacy

China’s political fox hunt calls for some shirt-front diplomacy

November 5, 2014 3

Instead of quietly bowing to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party to help net fugitive Chinese officials, the Abbott government should be leveraging the opportunity to agitate for the release of Australians questionably imprisoned in China.

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

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

August 19, 2014 2

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.