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Human Rights

Ending jailing for unpaid fines – real change includes affordable fines

Ms Dhu lost her life on August 4, 2014 in a Western Australian police watch house. Ms Dhu must never be forgotten. On that fateful day I received distressing phone calls from her family. In listening to the family, I sunk with sadness in understanding that if West Australia had a Custody Notification Service that […]

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Helots and hoplites, serfs and classism, racism – Naming unaddressed -isms

We rail against homogeneity while beneath it all, the ambience and veils of the eclectic, we long for homogeneity, at least in the name and form of equality. Critical class and race theories abound but all remain manifestations. Windows into human narratives have justified the unjustifiable, legislating wrong-doing and muddying the human journey, polluting it […]

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Preventing abuses in detention – Optional Protocol, Convention against Torture

Steven Caruana writes on the prevention of abuses in detention through the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. Today, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. The infamous Don Dale Youth Detention Centre has in recent times come back into the public spotlight with the anniversary of the Royal Commission’s findings and an unfortunate […]

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Wheelchairs for Kids – improving the lot of others – 73 countries

Wheelchairs for Kids is one of those one in a million charities where everyone is a volunteer, where no one draws any form of remuneration. In its three decades since establishment, it has donated rough terrain children’s wheelchairs to 73 countries. More than 150 volunteers, the majority retirees, are rostered to manufacture the wheelchairs at […]

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Handcuffed, naked, covered in blood – inhumane treatment of prisoners

Last year in Western Australia an ill female prisoner was denied every dignity and carted naked, handcuffed, in the back of a prisoner transport vehicle to a hospital. Last year in South Australian prisons pregnant inmates were still being shackled. Why are common sense, basic dignities and courtesies denied? The prison experience, as Don Dale […]

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From Central Cell-Block to Guantanamo

On Thursday, January 11, the sixteenth anniversary of the opening of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba was marked by a coalition of 15 human rights organizations gathered in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House in Washington, DC. An interfaith prayer service was followed by a rally featuring song […]

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Kabul

By Ken Hannaford-Ricardi It is a dream come true being back among friends in Kabul! Streams of dented Toyotas (They are all Toyotas!) with windscreens cracked like bolts of lightning still jockey for position on roads where traffic lights and common sense hold little sway. Carts of vegetables drawn by donkeys or dragged by men without dreams continue clotting […]

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Death at the Gate

From Kabul, by Ken Hannaford-Ricardi The number of visitors passing through the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ (APVs’) Borderfree Nonviolence Community Center in Kabul is incredible. Each afternoon, nearly sixty high-school-age students attend free classes to prepare them for the rigorous KanKor test, required of every Afghan desiring to attend public university. By 8:00 this morning, women […]

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Suresh Rajan calls out Peter Dutton

No, Mr Dutton, you are not entitled to your own facts! “We just need to call it for what it is. Of course it’s African gang violence.” And “people are scared to go out to restaurants of a night time because they are followed home by these gangs”. Those are the words of Minister Peter […]

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The horrendous lie of our generation is the one that poverty is being reduced

There is more poverty on this earth today than ever before, with both absolute and relative poverty guaranteed to accelerate their increasing trend. The horrendous lie of our generation is the one that poverty is being reduced right around the world. In fact it is increasing but there are diabolical efforts to mask this. Abominable […]

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