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A political body of the AU is second-guessing a legal body in its interpretation of the African Charter, on the basis of prejudice against LGBTI people. REUTERS/Antony Njuguna

African commission turns 30, but threats to its independence remain real

A dispute between the African Union's executive and the commission responsible for overseeing human rights could weaken the protection of peoples' rights.
People ride tricycle carts past a poster featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping along a street in Beijing. China’s ruling Communist Party has praised President Xi as a Marxist thinker, adding to intense propaganda promoting Xi’s personal image as he begins a second five-year term as leader. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China’s Xi sets his sights on the world

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been enshrined in the Communist Party's constitution as the sole legitimate interpreter of Chinese Marxism for the “new era.” Now he can look to the rest of the world.
Australia’s campaign for a seat on the Human Rights Council opened it to further scrutiny of its record on such issues. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Australia’s Human Rights Council election comes with a challenge to improve its domestic record

Australia's Human Rights Council election provides an ideal opportunity for it to show leadership and commitment on issues such as refugee flows and the death penalty.
Homeless residents of El Bronx embrace after a May 2016 raid that displaced thousands, sending some to shelters and others to streets elsewhere in the city. Fernando Vergara/AP

Who are the real targets of Bogota’s crackdown on crime?

Bogota's mayor wants to make the city 'better for all,' but repeated police crackdowns have displaced thousands of homeless Colombians. Are clean streets really more important than human rights?
There are considerable mental health and wellbeing benefits conferred upon those in the fortunate position of being able to legally marry. AAP/Lukas Coch

Evidence is clear on the benefits of legalising same-sex marriage

The majority of academic research is either non-committal or in favour of the benefits afforded by legalising same-sex marriage.

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