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?
Legal folly and un-Conservative.
Cameron backs down on plans to cut ties with Europe to avoid a backbench revolt -- but this isn't over.
Should primates such as chimpanzees be given rights normally reserved for humans?
The question of furnishing non-human animals with rights normally reserves for humans is more complex than it might seem.
Does relentlessly criticising Australia’s human rights record risk doing more harm than good?
Australia's human rights record isn't perfect, but it still good. if Australians aren't able to take some pride in that and be inspired to do even better, over-the-top criticism could backfire.
The United Nations building in New York.
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The UN has been mulling how to keep our biggest corporations in check for about 40 years. The fear is that the latest move by countries down the supply chain will fail to make any headway.
A thinking, feeling, moping robot.
Should robots be treated with the same concern as any other intelligent being? Or are they unnatural, dangerous, to be eliminated?
UN bodies have consistently found that Australia does not abide by its international human rights obligations, particularly in its treatment of asylum seekers.
Australia’s breaches of international human rights law are increasingly coming to the UN's attention.
What has it done for you lately? Well, quite a lot actually.
It is bitterly ironic that in this, the 800th anniversary year of Magna Carta, there are threats from the UK to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. This convention is Europe’s own Magna…
William III’s ascent to the throne spurred the genesis of human rights.
David Cameron is riding into the 2015 election campaign with a promise to finally fulfil one of the Conservatives’ 2010 manifesto commitments: to repeal the 1998 Human Rights Act, restore the sovereignty…