Author: Olivia Reed

Australia’s Inhumane Offshore Detention Centres

More than 100 asylum seekers were sent to the capital of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG), for medical treatment in 2017. Some have been there for nearly a year and while it may appear that sending ill asylum seekers to Port Moresby is a positive step, PNG lacks the

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Change The Date Of Australia Day

Every year in Australia as it nears 26 January, there is raging debate about changing the date of Australia Day. This date marks the day that the First Fleet arrived at Port Jackson, and Captain Arthur Phillip planted the Union Jack at Sydney Cove to signify the inception of a

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Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban On Women Attending Football Matches

Saudi Arabian women were permitted to enter a football stadium to watch a football match between two local teams for the first time on Friday. The women sat in a designated family section, segregated from the male football fans. Previously, if a woman tried to enter a sports stadium, she

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Israel’s New Death Penalty Bill Deemed “Fascist” By Palestinians

The Israeli government’s proposed changes to Israel’s death penalty legislation will make it easier for judges to sentence people to death if they are convicted of terrorist activity. Palestinian leaders fear changes to the existing death penalty legislation will allow Israel to target Palestinians and have labelled the proposed changes

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Mothers Jailed For 40 Years In El Salvador After Stillbirth

A change in El Salvador’s legislation in 1998 placed a ban on abortion even after rape and incest, when a woman’s health was at risk, and in cases of fatal foetal impairment. This law has resulted in the wrongful conviction of El Salvadorian women for murder after suffering a miscarriage

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Duterte’s ‘War On Drugs’ Kills Philippines Most Vulnerable

Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, has again reinstated the national police force in his ‘war on drugs’ after withdrawing the force on October 12. This is the second time the police have been reinstated to the anti-drug operation, ‘double barrel,’ after they were removed in January and re-involved in March. Since

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Don Dale Royal Commission – Australia’s Shame

A revealing Four Corners report last year showing many incidents of mistreatment over a five-year period sparked the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. Although the $54 million inquiry revealed the atrocities of Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, several Northern Territory Government Ministers

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60,000 Nationalists Join Far-Right Protest In Poland

Poland’s 99th Independence Day was marred by a 60,000 strong far-right demonstration in the nation’s capital of Warsaw which saw participants donning banners that said, ‘clean blood’, ‘white Poland’ and ‘refugees get out’.  Many participants carried the Polish red and white flag while others ignited flares that blanketed the area

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Amnesty International Calls For Queensland Human Rights Agenda

Amid elections for the incoming Queensland Government, Amnesty International has called for the state to adopt a Human Rights Agenda to focus on youth justice issues. The agenda is an eleven point plan designed to keep families and children connected and addresses the alarming fact that children as young as

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Protesters Take To The Streets After Spanish Prime Minister Announced Spain Would Take Control Of Catalonia’s Government

Thousands of independence supporters once again marched through Barcelona Thursday, while students at the Autonomous University of Barcelona went on a three-day strike in support of Catalonia separating from Spain. This came after the Catalan government accused Madrid of taking political prisoners, prompting thousands of protesters to gather in Barcelona

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