Persecution based on a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex variation is recognised as a legitimate ground for seeking refugee status.
It is estimated that there are 175 million LGBTI persons living in persecutory environments worldwide. Only around 2500 asylum claims founded on sexual orientation or gender identity are successful annually.
Migrants are living in limbo on the French-Italian border.
Italian PM blasts fellow EU leaders for spat over who takes in the desperate people arriving in his country every day.
Guarding the factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier.
One man is dead and two injured in an attack on a gas factory near Lyon. At least one suspect was known to French intelligence agencies.
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A bloc of conservative countries is mounting a new push to enshrine "family values" in the UN's Human Rights Council. What they really want is rather more sinister.
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 problem shared, Theresa May, is a problem halved.
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Refugee Week is drawing to a close with little concrete progress. Can I at least get you to change your mind about this situation?
There is precious little dignity available for those Australians who are in the last stages of their lives.
The contrast between rights with dignity and rights without is increasingly apparent with regard to two groups of Australians: retirees and those in aged-care facilities.
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?
Iron grip: Hamas leader Khaled Mashal.
Reports of Hamas's human rights abuses against Palestinians are mounting, and popular support falling – but the movement is going nowhere.
Myanmar has carried out discriminatory policies against the Rohingya for decades.
Despite international pressure, Myanmar’s government intends to continue the decades-long program of discriminatory policies against the Rohingya that denies them their human rights.
Joko Widodo is surrounded by politicians and military generals with agendas that are unlikely to help the Papuans.
The future of Papuans remains subject to the swirling mists of Indonesian national and international political intrigue.
Justice Secretary Michael Gove is overseeing human rights reform.
The Conservatives have got it half-right by seeking to repeal the Human Rights Act. Too bad they want to replace it with something almost as unhelpful.
Found at sea.
You'd think that the "conscience of Europe" would strive to protect migrants' human rights.
The image of West Papua have always been framed by outsiders.
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Conflicting policies on Papua reveal that the Indonesian government frame its easternmost region as a problem.
The silence is deafening.
Negotiations on the UN’s 15-year development strategy, which involve all 193 member states, have at last produced a set of ambitious Sustainable Development Goals. These focus on social justice, poverty…
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.
Indonesians are sensitive about issues of respect for their nation and its sovereignty, as protests at Tony Abbott’s linking of aid with calls for clemency showed.
Indonesians have long felt that Australia lacks respect for their nation's sovereignty, but Indonesia's status as a rising power adds to the urgency of recalibrating our approach to the relationship.
Bali Nine member Scott Rush’s father alerted the AFP to his son’s plans in the hope they would stop him from travelling to Indonesia.
The AFP revised the guidelines on international co-operation since alerting Indonesia to the Bali Nine but there is arguably still an imbalance between security and human rights considerations.
Julie Bishop and Tony Abbott are firm advocates of human rights when Australians are executed but not when asylum seekers are involved.
In condemning Indonesia's execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Australia has relied on the same human rights obligations that it rejects when applied to asylum seekers.