Israel authorises force-feeding of prisoners (2)

30/7/25; Law, Middle East, Palestine, Israel Parliament passes law, with 46 MPs in favour and 40 against, despite opposition from country’s medical association. The WHO urged Israel to give suitable health care to Palestinian hunger strikers, including their transfer to civilian hospitals [AFP] Israel’s parliament has passed into law the ability to force-feed prisoners on […] read more…

Man stabs several people at Jerusalem gay pride parade (1)

30/7/15; Suspected attacker, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man, was recently released from prison for 2005 parade stabbings An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lunged into a group of revelers at Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade and stabbed six people Thursday evening as they marched in the holy city, Israeli police and witnesses said. The man had recently been […] read more…

Shell icebreaker retreats after protest

30/7/15; Environment Don Ryan / AP Activists dangling from Portland’s St. Johns Bridge blocked the vessel from passing underneath, en route to the Arctic A Shell Oil icebreaker vessel appears to have retreated after a showdown with environmental activists dangling by ropes from the tallest bridge in Portland, Oregon. Environmental activists on St. Johns Bridge […] read more…

Cincinnati officer pleads not guilty to murder over traffic stop death

30/7/15 ET Ray Tensing was indicted Wednesday over the death of 43-year-old Samuel Dubose, who was unarmed at time of incident A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. Twenty-five-year-old Ray Tensing appeared […] read more…

Jehovah’s Witnesses inquiry resumes

31/7/15; AAP A royal commission will continue to hear from senior officials of the Jehovah’s Witness Church when it resumes its investigation into child sex abuse allegations. In the witness stand on day four of the hearing will be church officials who interviewed a respected member of the Mareeba congregation in Queensland, who was accused […] read more…

PNG police yet to arrest Manus managers

30/7/15; Lisa Martin. PNG police have yet to make arrests after three Australian Manus Island guards were accused of rape. Papua New Guinean police are so far yet to act on their threat to storm the Manus Island detention centre to arrest managers for perverting the course of justice unless three Australian guards accused of […] read more…

Focus on abuse prosecutions: victims group

31/7/15; Megan Neil The greatest impact of the child abuse royal commission will be in prosecuting more offenders, an advocate for victims of pedophile priests says. Cardinal George Pell and a bishop who knew about clergy sexually abusing children in Victoria’s Ballarat diocese will front the commission’s public hearing later this year. It is what […] read more…

Forum Leaders Urged To Address Human Rights In Papua

28/7/15; Situation in Indonesian province ‘deteriorating’: West Papua Association – The Australia West Papua Association is calling on Pacific Islands Forum leaders to address what it describes as a deteriorating human rights situation in Indonesia’s Papuan provinces. Its call comes in the lead up to the 46th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Summit to be held […] read more…

Solomons Government Halts Logging Operation On Rennell

HONIARA, Solomon Islands; Solomon Star, July 29, 201); Aatai John Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center; With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i Asia Pacific Investment Development accused of illegal logging The Government through the Ministry of Forestry has issued a seizure notice against Asia Pacific Investment Development (APID) to halt […] read more…

Booing Adam Goodes

28/7/15; Michael McVeigh Every time Adam Goodes has walked onto a football field over the past few months, he has been booed by sections of the crowd. The booing has nothing to do with how well or how poorly he conducts himself on the field during the game. It starts from the first time he […] read more…

The problematic ‘saving lives at sea’ argument (6)

27/7/15; Kerry Murphy When those advocating on behalf of refugees criticise clearly bad policies such as temporary protection visas, turning back boats or processing in Nauru or Manus Island, they are confronted with claims that such policies are necessary for saving lives at sea. Such a justification has dominated the debate to the extent that […] read more…

Thailand dismisses US criticism over human trafficking and slavery (5)

29/7/15; Oliver Holmes in Bangkok Bangkok dismayed as report maintains lowest tier 3 status, with US pointing to lack of progress in tackling modern-day slavery and corruption Security forces and rescue workers watchred as bodies of trafficked refugees are retrieved from a mass grave in Thailand’s southern Songkhla province. Thailand has hit back after being […] read more…

One dead as migrants storm Eurotunnel terminal (4)

30/7/15; Calais, France, AFP Migrants storm Euro-tunnel terminal in bid to reach UK – One man died Wednesday in a desperate attempt to reach England via the Channel Tunnel as overwhelmed authorities fought off hundreds of migrants, prompting France to beef up its police presence.British ministers convened for emergency talks on the mounting crisis, as […] read more…

Theresa May to chair Cobra meeting as Cameron pushes for end to Calais crisis (3)

29 /7/15 Patrick Wintour; http://www.theguardian.com/profile/patrickwintour Home secretary will hold emergency meeting on Wednesday morning, after prime minister says government is doing ‘everything we can’ to stop migrants. About 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais on Monday in a bid to reach England through the Channel tunnel. Home secretary Theresa May will […] read more…

Advocates and attorneys cheer judge’s decision against family detention (2)

28/7/15 Nuri Vallbona A federal judge’s ruling against the federal government’s detention of immigrant women and children has led to questions among advocates and attorneys who cheered the decision but wondered whether the federal government will appeal and how immigration officials will comply with the decision. In her decision July 24, Judge Dolly Gee of […] read more…

Judge Rules Detention of Immigrant Mothers and Children “Deplorable” (1

28/7/15 A federal judge has issued a harsh condemnation of the mass detention of immigrant women and children, calling it “deplorable.” The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee gives the Obama administration 90 days to either release the more than 2,000 women and children being held in two Texas facilities or to show just […] read more…
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