Effective leadership requires leading by example, but Australia’s human rights record has drawn increasing criticism at home and abroad.
On Human Rights Day, and with Australia set to take up a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, here's a must-do list for this country to become a credible advocate for human rights.
The rules that protect our liberty were drawn up at a very different time. It's time to get back to the drawing board.
Witchcraft related beliefs pose serious human rights violations for people with Albinism.
An upcoming UN meeting on witchcraft and human rights in Geneva is set to focus on the rising attacks on Albinos and the trade of body parts in sub-Saharan African.
Migrants arrive at the Austrian-German border near Passau, October 2015.
Less than two years after Europe's migrant crisis began, EU officials have said that the situation is under control. It's not
An anti-U.S. protest in Yemen during Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia.
Congress is trying to curb the president's ties to human rights abusers, harkening back to landmark legislation of the 1970s.
British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on June 4, in the wake of a terror attack in London.
Cracking down on extremism online won’t solve the problem of extremist violence, will inevitably censor speech that's important to protect and risks harming political dissidents and democracy itself.
What's it like to be a refugee in the UK?
A demonstration in Hamburg against deportations to Afghanistan in November 2016.
Can deportation ever really be 'humane and dignified'?
Digital information should be private and secure.
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Recent developments at the United Nations and the G-20 suggest that the well-known human rights to privacy and freedom of expression may soon be formally extended to online communications.
Brexit means replacing a court of law with a chit chat?
The British government is actually suggesting quite a radical change as part of leaving the EU, but it doesn't want to make it too easy to understand.
Sen. Jeff Sessions listens as then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks, October 2016.
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In 1981, many criticized Ronald Reagan's nominee to head human rights initiatives in the State Department. Here is how activists mobilized to ensure the nomination was rejected.
Relatives of 43 missing students march before receiving a report into the disappearances.
Mexico has signed every international human rights treaty, but abuses are still rife.
British soldiers on the outskirts of Basra in 2007.
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The UK government plans to suspend parts of the European Convention on Human Rights in future conflicts.
Governments will have to take into account the rights of migrant workers if they want to benefit from the free movement of labour.
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In an increasingly mobile society and economy, the international governance of migrant labour lags way behind the forces of globalisation.
A makeshift shrine to Harambe, the zoo gorilla whose death has raised some uncomfortable moral questions.
We tend instinctively to value human lives over non-human ones. But is there a point where the scales might tip the other way?
Attorney-General George Brandis said Australia co-operates with the UN on its human rights obligations. Is that right?
Attorney-General George Brandis told the ABC that Australia co-operates with the United Nations in relation to its human rights obligations. Is that right?
The recent revelations about the savage treatment of Yazidi women at the hands of Islamic State, or ISIS, fighters is the latest in a shocking set of disclosures regarding the group’s behavior. It sadly…
Courts uphold laws on human rights online in the face of poorly drafted, draconian laws.
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Government could be forced to repeal DRIPA surveillance legislation after court ruling.
The determined avoidance of reference to human rights is a tactic, by both sides of politics, to avoid accountability.
No-one is inclined to refer to human rights in public debate in Australia when its leaders either avoid the idea or attack it, and the news media are silent on it.
A protest for flogging victim Raif Badawi.
Saudi Arabia has upheld a blogger's flogging sentence, in defiance of international pressure. How long will this go on?