Human Rights

1 million Syrians seek refuge in Lebanon

Over a million refugees from the Syrian civil war have now been registered in Lebanon.

The refugees represent nearly a quarter of all people living in the Arab country.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Lebanon is now the country with the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world.

About 9.5 million people - nearly half the population of Syria - have left their homes since the civil war began 3 years ago.

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Manus Island refugees to be settled in PNG

Refugees at the Manus Island centre have been told that they are to be resettled in Papua New Guinea.

The news arrives a couple of weeks after PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill appeared to reject the plan.

It is expected that the process to determine whether the refugees will be eligible for resettlement will be completed by the end of the month.

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High Court application filed for refugee child

An urgent application will be filed to the High Court by the lawyers of two asylum seekers and their Brisbane-born child who are set to be moved to a Darwin immigration detention centre tomorrow.

The child was born in November in Brisbane's Mater Hospital, after his mother was transferred here from Nauru due to health concerns.

Murray Watt, the family's lawyer, says transferring the family by force is wrong and that the baby, who is entitled to Australian citizenship, shouldn't be in detention at all.

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Report slams QLD sentencing human rights violation

A new report has labelled mandatory sentencing in Queensland "unfair and unworkable" and says it could potentially lead to "serious miscarriages of justice".

The paper to be released by Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson and the Queensland Law Society on Friday also claims that mandatory sentencing contradicts the Australian legal system's fundamental principles.

The QLD Government has introduced at least 10 new mandatory sentences during its time in power for people found to be members of criminal motorcycle gangs and for sex offenders who tamper with or remove monitoring bracelets.

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Death penalty on the rise

Earlier this week, capital punishment was brought into the light of the media once again, as we heard of the mass sentencing of five-hundred-and-twenty-nine members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt – a mass violation of human rights.

Following this, Amnesty International has released figures revealing executions are, shockingly, on the rise.

Gemma Boase has more.

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Dozens injured in Kenyan bombing

Three bombs went off monday afternoon in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, killing six people.

According to the Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre there are currently 21 people injured and another 13 in critical condition.The bombs were thrown into the crowded area known for it’s many food stalls. It is now closed off while the police and forensics teams are at the site investigating. So far no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Former Palestinian president pleads not guilty

Former Pakistani president and army chief Pervez Musharraf has been charged for treason.

Musharraf pleads not guilty on all charges relating to his imposition of emergency rule in 2007. He has made his second appearance in court today, where he was denied travel to both the Arabian Emirates to visit his mother and the US to treat his heart disease The court said his right to leave the country has to be determined by the government. This seems unlikely as the government is determined as they say to demonstrate that the military doesn’t get away with abusing the law.

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Secretary of State urged to resume Israeli and Palestinian peace talk

John Kerry has traveled to Israel last night to resume peace talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries nearly ceased entirely when the Israeli Prime Minister refused to release 26 Palestinian prisoners, breaching an agreement made earlier in July 2013. Mustafa Barghuti, Palestinian MP, has threatened to cease peace talks entirely should Israel refuse to change their stance on Palestinian prisoners.

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Chinese police denies access to the body of an activist who died in detention

The family of a Chinese activist who died in police detention have been denied access to her body, Amnesty International says.

The rights group says that a Beijing hospital told Cao Shunli’s brother and lawyer that her body was no longer being held there. The group says that the hospital refused to disclose her medical records.

Ms Cao’s family says that she was refused medical treatment while in custody, but China denies this, saying that her rights were protected.

The 52 year-old activist had been suffering from tuberculosis, liver disease and other ailments.

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No female wait staff at the Nuclear Security Summit

The Hague allowed no female serving staff during the the Nuclear Security Summit, it has been revealed.

The catering company responsible for feeding the leaders and the delegates argues that three platinum ladies among twenty gentlemen would “spoil the image” and that there is a very steep flight of stairs . The company has been quoted as saying “little dresses wouldn’t be practical, as you wouldn’t be able to lift your legs high enough”.

The director of the Protocolbureau, involved in the organisation of the summit believes that women may have distracted the worlds leaders and that the Netherlands needs to adapt to bigger countries such as Islamic countries.

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