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An Afghan musician poses for a portrait with his dilruba in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 18, 2021. About a month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is starting to go quiet. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

The global music community must help Afghan musicians resist a Taliban music ban

The international community, particularly the music and music research communities, must stand with the Afghan musicians when it comes to protecting their cultural rights and human rights.
A human rights-based approach is essential in regulating artificial intelligence technologies. (Shutterstock)

We need concrete protections from artificial intelligence threatening human rights

Applications of artificial intelligence have been shown to include discriminatory practices. This creates a need for meaningful rights-based regulations to ensure that AI will not exacerbate inequalities.
Residents of Masiphumelele informal settlement in Cape Town gather to collect food parcels provided by One South Africa Movement representative. EFE-EPA/Nic Bothma

Making economic policy in South Africa in hard times: the role of human rights

It is becoming increasingly clear that South Africa’s policymakers can no longer ignore the country’s obligations in terms of international, regional and national human rights law.
At the Amna Suraka museum in Iraq, exhibits show the torture that was carried out in the cells. Hélène Veilleux/Flickr

How someone becomes a torturer

Interviews with former torturers in Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq reveal what it takes to be a torturer – which could help explain how to reduce the number of people who get tortured around the world.
Leetona Dungay, the mother of the late David Dungay Jr, announces she will go to the United Nations to hold the federal and NSW Government to account for their failure to protect the right to life of David Dungay Jr. and for their failure to take action to stop First Nations deaths in custody. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Incarceration Nation exposes the racist foundations of policing and imprisonment in Australia, but at what cost?

Incarceration Nation has the potential to shake the very core of your understanding of what it means to be Blak on this continent.
Aboriginal elder Joy Murphy attending the unveiling of a mural painted by Indigenous people in prison, aiming to communicate a message of unity. JULIAN SMITH/AAP Image

The role of ‘re-storying’ in addressing over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Opportunities to give voice to Aboriginal people in prison have the potential to address the growing impacts of racism in the justice system in Australia.

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