Liberal MP Julian Leeser calls for ‘national security advocate’ to test human rights claims

The bipartisan Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is the key parliamentary oversight body which scrutinises national security legislation.


While agencies such ASIO and the AFP appear before the committee, Mr Leeser said they were constrained by what they can say in public.

“The national security advocate would be able to play a more robust role in helping the committee – and, through it, the Australian people – to understand the government’s legislation

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Trump’s ‘Stealth Deportations’ of Venezuelans May Violate Human Rights

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A man from Venezuela seeking asylum in the United States holds his daughter at the entrance to the Paso del Norte International Bridge on February 28, 2020, in Ciudad Juárez. Photo by PAUL RATJE, AFP via Getty Images

Several Caribbean island nations and the United States have come under fire from humanitarian groups and U.S. politicians for deporting Venezuelan migrants and refugees home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The government of U.S. President Donald Trump deported

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Japan eyes US-style law to sanction Uighur human rights abuses

TOKYO — As China faces growing criticism for its treatment of Uighur Muslims, Japan has begun weighing a legal foundation for sanctions like those imposed by the U.S. and Europe, with implications for Japanese companies that might be unknowingly contributing to the problem.

Eleven Japanese companies were among the 82 well-known global brands named in a report in March by the Australian Global Policy Institute as those relying on factories that use forced Uighur laborers. 

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Human Rights, Media Watchdog Organizations Concerned About Somalia Media Law

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The Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International today sent a joint letter to the president of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, expressing concern over a restrictive amended media law and asking the president to take concrete steps to safeguard press freedom and journalist safety during upcoming elections.

The amended Somali media law, which the president approved in August 2020, recognizes media freedom but

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NYPD’s Violent Crackdown In Mott Haven Violated Human Rights Laws, Report Finds

The NYPD’s violent arrest of peaceful protesters in the South Bronx this past June violated international human rights law and will likely cost New York City taxpayers several million dollars in misconduct lawsuits, according to an investigation set to be released on Wednesday by Human Rights Watch.

The 99-page report offers the most comprehensive look to date at the department’s actions in Mott Haven, where more than 250 people were trapped and arrested by police.

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Trump administration alters and downplays human rights abuses in reports | Trump administration

The Trump administration has omitted or altered vital information about human rights – including torture, reproductive rights and persecution based on sexuality – from its annual assessments of human rights, a new report reveals.

The state department’s annual reports have long been relied upon by governments, judges and lawyers – as well as the United Nations – as a “gold standard” of objective information about the human rights situation in countries around the world. The

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UNAMID Human Rights Office holds Workshop on Conflict-related Sexual Violence and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence at IDP Camp in Central Darfur – Sudan

On 8-9 November, UNAMID Human Rights Office, convened a capacity-building and awareness-raising workshop on sexual and gender-based violence and conflict-related gender-based violence (CRSV/SGBV) for 51 internally displaced persons (IDPs), including 28 women, at Khamsadagaig Camp in Zalingei, central Darfur. The workshop was aimed at building capacity by enhancing the participant’s knowledge and skills on protection of human rights of women and children, particularly as they relate to CRSV/SGBV and how survivors of sexual violence can

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ALMOST 4,000 foreign criminals have dodged deportation and settled in Britain after the Government ruled there was no chance of removing them, according to startling official figures.

Over the past three years, the Home Office has abandoned 3,774 cases after deciding they would fall foul of human-rights rules preventing the criminals from being kicked out of the country.

A letter written by Lords Minister Baroness Williams, in response to a debate on the Government’s Immigration

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Law Graduate Brings a Human Rights Perspective to Insurance

After 40 years as an insurance company lawyer, Robert Yass came to the UConn School of Law to earn an LLM in Human Rights and Social Justice. He also graduated with a new perspective on insurance.

Applying his previous profession to his new degree, Yass wrote a paper calling for study of whether factoring credit scores into home insurance rates is racially discriminatory. He also developed the new course Insurance and Discrimination, which he is

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Impunity for human rights abuses in Belarus must end, OSCE human rights office says – Belarus

WARSAW, 13 November 2020 – As pervasive violations of OSCE commitments and international human rights obligations in Belarus continue, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) calls on the country’s authorities to end impunity of those responsible for human rights violations, up to and including deaths, and hold them to account.

ODIHR is alarmed by the continued use of excessive force by law enforcement, the ongoing mass detention of overwhelmingly peaceful protesters,

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Indigenous Rights and Heritage Laws

Future of Anthropology Panel 8: Indigenous Rights and Heritage Laws

Wenner-Gren’s Webinar Series on the Future of Anthropology: Indigenous Peoples, Heritage and Landscape in the Asia Pacific: Knowledge Co-Production, Policy Change, and Empowerment

Wednesday, November 4, 20206:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was ratified in 2007. It was a product of a long and slow process that started in 1982 with the establishment of the

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MEA Responds to UN Human Rights Chief

New Delhi: India on Tuesday condemned the remarks made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet who criticised the government’s restrictions on foreign funding for the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in India and the arrest of activists in the country. Also Read – Centre Makes it Tougher For NGOs Seeking Foreign Funding | Check New Rules Here

Bachelet had specifically cited as “worrying” the use of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), which prohibits

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Ethiopia: Efforts for Respecting Human Rights, Ensuring Rule of Law

Today’s edition of The Ethiopian Herald presents myriads of issues revolving around human rights, rule of law, undertakings in due course of election and other related aspects accentuated by Dan Yirga, Acting Executive Director of Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRCO). The paper had a stay with the director.


Dan Yirga was born and brought up in Addis Ababa, Kolfe Keranio Sub City. He attended his primary education at the nearby Keranio Medihanealem Elementary School

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India To UN Human Rights Body Chief