Human Rights

22.11.2017

Greece: As Winter Nears, Asylum Seekers Stuck in Tents on Islands

Greece: As Winter Nears, Asylum Seekers Stuck in Tents on Islands

The Greek government, with the support of EU member states, should act now to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 20 human rights and aid groups said today. The policy forces asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands to remain in overcrowded, unsafe facilities, an urgent concern with winter approaching. Conditions on… »

17.11.2017

Brexiters, beware: if the ties that bind us unravel, tyranny may soon follow

Brexiters, beware: if the ties that bind us unravel, tyranny may soon follow

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Public projects such as the NHS, BBC and social security define us as a nation. Without that cohesion, authoritarianism could flourish.  So what is this country we are asked to love? This might once have been an easy question to answer. National identity… »

15.11.2017

Australians Vote to Support Marriage Equality

Australians Vote to Support Marriage Equality

Australians have decisively voted in favor of marriage equality, prompting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to call on Parliament to pass a bill legalizing all marriages countrywide by the end of the year. Nearly 80 percent of Australians voted in the nonbinding national postal survey, with nearly two-thirds approving of marriage… »

08.11.2017

The Spiritual Sources of Legal Creativity: The Legacy of Father Miguel d’Escoto

The Spiritual Sources of Legal Creativity: The Legacy of Father Miguel d’Escoto

By Richard Falk What follows is the modified transcript of a talk given at Fordham University School of Law [24 Oct] honoring the memory of the recently deceased Maryknoll priest, Father Miguel d’Escoto, who had been both the Foreign Minister of Sandinista Nicaragua and President of the UN General Assembly,… »

08.11.2017

Rohingya Refugees at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Rohingya Refugees at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Yesterday, Mohammad Nazrul Islam, a humanist friend from Bangladesh, and country representative of The Community for Human Development currently developing volunteer educational and livelihood initiatives in the seaside district of Cox’s Bazaar, sent me some pictures of the Rohingya refugees who have made their way to this region. »

08.11.2017

Catholic Church stages Prayer Power for Healing of the Philippines

Catholic Church stages Prayer Power for Healing of the Philippines

It was the Sunday right after the Filipino people’s traditional visit to their beloved dead in the cemeteries along with their additional remembrance of those killed extra-judicially in the government’s bloody centerpiece war on drugs as implored by different religious sects in the country. And the day was awash with… »

07.11.2017

Why you’ve never heard of a Charter that’s as important as the Magna Carta

Why you’ve never heard of a Charter that’s as important as the Magna Carta

By GUY STANDING 6 November 2017 for openDemocracy The Charter of the Forest was sealed 800 years ago today. Its defence of the property-less and of ‘the commons’, means the Right would prefer to ignore it – and progressives need to celebrate and renew it. Eight hundred years ago this… »

05.11.2017

The free speech of fools

The free speech of fools

Danny Katch offers some remedial lessons about the meaning of free speech to the University of Florida administration following Nazi Richard Spencer’s appearance. HERE’S A multiple-choice quiz–choose between the following definitions of “freedom of speech: A: An important civil liberty that needs to be constantly fought for in a… »

02.11.2017

Civil society together with refugees in Greece: scaling up pressure on the government

Civil society together with refugees in Greece: scaling up pressure on the government

It’s less than a month from today since solidarity groups, NGOs and refugees started to scale up their opposition to what continues to be the reception conditions for asylum seekers on Greek islands in the North-East Aegean. Learning from the lessons of last winter, when we witnessed people living in… »

02.11.2017

Women of Standing Rock: Working together as human beings, sharing the planet and the future

Women of Standing Rock: Working together as human beings, sharing the planet and the future

Standing Rock has become a worldwide symbol of nonviolent yet firm resistance to highly damaging extraction projects. These projects not only contribute to global warming by continuing to burn fossil fuels and release harmful emissions into the atmosphere, but also violate human rights in many ways, in particular those of… »

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