Offers of sanctuary brighten Australia’s refugee dark age (4)

7/2/16; Justin Glyn Justin Glyn SJ is studying for the priesthood. Previously he practised law in South Africa and New Zealand and has a PhD in administrative and international law. Anglican and Uniting Churches across Australia have made headlines by offering sanctuary to those who stand to be returned to Nauru under the latest High […] read more…

Change in minimum age for Australian visa biometric (3)

4/2/16 Press Release: TT services Change in minimum age for Australian visa biometric collection – Australia’s Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics) Act 2015 will come into effect on 16 February 2016. This will result in a number of reforms, including the broadening of the Australian Government’s offshore biometric collection policy to include the collection of fingerprints […] read more…

Pentagon Releases 198 Abuse Photos in Long-Running Lawsuit. What They Don’t Show Is a Bigger Story. (3)

6/2/16; Speak Freely / ACLU; Eliza Relman After more than a decade of legal battles and stonewalling, the Department of Defense released 198 photos relating to prisoner abuse by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. The photos were released in response to an ACLU lawsuit that we have been litigating for almost 12 years. […] read more…

Time Spent in Guantánamo is Time No One Gets Back — Whether Soldier or Prisoner (2)

5/2/16; Waging Nonviolence; Frida Berrigan Shaker Aamer has spoken out about his ordeal in Guantanamo Bay, where he was detained for 14 years. I love my local paper. The Day is locally owned and based right in downtown New London, Connecticut. They publish an actual, physical newspaper every single day and have a first rate […] read more…

Netanyahu: MKs who visit martyrs’ families should be reprimanded

5/2/16; “Members of Knesset who go to comfort the families of terrorists who murder Israelis are not worthy of serving in the Knesset of Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. He called on Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein to examine what steps can be taken against the MKs. Netanyahu’s statements came after three members of […] read more…

Memories of FGM: ‘I was screaming in pain and fear’

6/2/16 Renate van der Zee |Human Rights, Politics, Health, Africa, Europe Assita Kanko, a politician in Brussels, recalls when she underwent female genital mutilation as a child in Burkina Faso.- At only five years old, Assita Kanko underwent the excruciating pain of FGM in her native Burkina Faso. Today, she fights to end this practice […] read more…

Ventures hire refugees to harness talent and skills

7/2/16; Ryan Rifai | Human Rights, US & Canada, Syria, Lebanon, United States New wave of social entrepreneurs employs refugees by utilising their Arabic language skills and cooking talents – Sara sees NaTakallam as part of a “new wave of social entrepreneurship” [Al Jazeera] Refugees may lose essential belongings after fleeing their home countries, but […] read more…

Turkey says it won’t leave Syrian refugees to die

8/2/16; AFP Oncupinar Turkey `Turkey to open its border to Syrian refugees ‘if necessary’: Turkey said on Sunday it would not abandon thousands of Syrians stranded on its border after fleeing a major Russian-backed regime offensive, as aid agencies warned of a “desperate” situation. Tens of thousands of people, including many women and children, have […] read more…

Thousands head to Turkey fleeing Syrian offensive

5/1/16; Diana Al Rifai | War & Conflict, Middle East, Syrian crisis, Turkey-Syria border, Syria Thousands of Syrians are fleeing the Aleppo countryside, heading towards Turkey, as government forces break through rebel defences in the northern province. The development comes as diplomatic talks on ending the war in Syria remain on hold and Saudi Arabia […] read more…

Does the Israeli occupation fuel ‘extremism’?

05/12/16 War & Conflict, Middle East, UN, Palestine, Israel We speak to Israeli Deputy FM Tzipi Hotovely, and ask a Syrian opposition political adviser about the UN peace talks – Ban Ki-moon and the Israeli government are at odds after the United Nations secretary-general criticised the Israeli occupation in an address to the Security Council […] read more…

In Besieged Middle East, Food Becomes Weapon of War

29/1/16; Nadia Prupis, staff writer Common Dreams Despite international laws prohibiting the use of starvation against civilians, forces on all sides preventing aid from reaching blockaded towns in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq – The use of starvation as a weapon of war is prohibited by international law. (Screenshot) As crises in the Middle East escalate, […] read more…

`Close-Fisted Wealthy Nations Are ‘Failing the People of Syria’: Oxfam

1/2/16 Common Dreams; Nadia Prupis, staff writer While some small European countries are donating more than their fair share to aid Syrians, the U.S., audi Arabia, and Russia are still far behind – Wealthy countries are still falling short of their obligations to help Syrians, five years into the crisis, according to a new analysis […] read more…

Naming the Dead: Only 10 of Scores Killed by US Drones in Pakistan Last Year Have Been Identified

4//2/16 Jack Serle, Bureau of Investigative Journalism Just 10 of the scores killed by US drones in Pakistan last year have so far been identified, according to data collected by the Bureau’s Naming the Dead project. The names for all 10 came from either terrorist propaganda or the US government, with officials from Pakistan’s government, […] read more…

Sneaking home in Israeli-occupied Hebron (2)

3/1/16 Sheren Khalel, Abed al Qaisi Human Rights, Middle East, Israel, Palestine Some Palestinians have resorted to a lengthy, arduous detour on foot to avoid the Israeli checkpoint in Tel Rumeida. – Hebron, occupied West Bank – Israeli forces showed up at Ahmad Azzah’s house in the southern West Bank city of Hebron late last […] read more…

Deadly shooting rocks East Jerusalem (1)

*** 3/2/16; Al Jazeera Staff Politics, War & Conflict, Middle East, Israel, Palestine Three Palestinian men have been shot and killed by Israeli police after a shooting incident, which left a female police officer dead and another injured in occupied East Jerusalem. Police said the Palestinians were armed with guns, knives and explosives, and opened […] read more…

UN urges Australia not to send asylum-seekers to Nauru

4/2/16; Geneva (AFP) The United Nations has urged the Australian government to refrain from transferring hundreds of asylum-seekers to the remote Pacific outpost of Nauru, joining a chorus of international concern and warning Canberra it risks contravening international human rights law. Australia’s highest court Wednesday opened the way for more than 260 asylum-seekers to be […] read more…
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