Human Rights

Cape Verde has the most expensive water in the world: Opposition

Cape Verde's opposition says the African country has the most expensive water in the world.

Speaking in a parliamentary debate on Water and Sanitation in Cape Verde, Eunice Silva, member of the Movement for Democracy, used the data from the National Statistical Institute to determine that over 40 per cent of the population still resorts to fountains and wells for their water.

Those who use the water fountains pay four times more than those who use the home network.

In 1990, only 16 per cent of the population were accessing the public water network, in 2000 this portion rose to 25 per cent, and today, it sits at 59 per cent.

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Report reveals depth of femicide in El Salvador

The Organization of Salvadoran Women for Peace has released a report stating that every 10 hours a woman is murdered in El Salvador.

In the last ten years, more than 4,360 women have been killed, in a population of approximately 6 million and 3 hundred thousand people.

The Swiss organization Small Arms Survey, in a report published in 2012, ranked El Salvador as the country with the highest rate of femicide in the world, with a total of 12 murders per 100 thousand women.

In 2013, the National Civil Police recorded 215 murders by gender motivation in the country, which is currently the most dangerous for women in Latin America.

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Human trafficking victims rescued from Malaysia

Nine victims of human trafficking were rescued by officials and returned to Indonesia from Malaysia.

The seven out of the nine victims who were rescued were minors, and have identified the labor contractor who lured them by promising high-paying jobs, as Ina.

The Malaysian authorities will be working together with the Indonesian police to have Ina arrested.

However, Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Herman Prayitno says that the victims might be recruited by different criminal groups and therefore will need to work together with ‘related institutions, especially the immigration, to minimise loopholes that allows Indonesians to work illegally abroad’.

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Asylum Seeker policy questioned by UNHCR

The Federal government is once again under pressure from UNHCR as the government fails to answer questions regarding asylum seeker policy.

UNHCR's regional representative James Lynch from Jakarta has criticised the Government on turning boats back and says there are claims from people returned to Indonesia that they reached Australian territory and thus should have been processed as asylum seekers.

Mr Lynch has also criticised Australia’s unwillingness to accept refugees, Iraq with it’s own internal domestic issues has accepted 250,000 Syrian refugees so Australian figures do not represent much of a crisis says Mr Lynch.

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Civilians targetted in chemical weapons attacks in Syria

With eighty six point five percent of their stockpiles handed over, and an upcoming presidential election, the Syrian Government has again been accused of initiating chemical weapons attacks on civilians.

Bashar al-Assad’s regime was implicated in chemical weapons attacks in Damascus last year after shocking footage of the aftermath was seen by the world, though the Syrian Government was never proven to be responsible.

In response, the regime was ordered to surrender it’s chemical weapons stockpiles - a process which is currently continuing - however, similar footage of chemical weapons effects has been released showing many civilians including children unable to see or breathe properly in the rebel held town of Kafr Zita.

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Peter Greste trial adjourned until May 3

Australian journalist Peter Greste remains in jail in Egypt after his trial has been adjourned yet again until May 3.

The trial was adjourned after a day of prosecution evidence presented to the court and for the first time, journalists were ordered from the courtroom for a short time while further evidence was presented.

Greste and his fellow journalists continue to condemn the trial as an attack on journalism and freedom of speech with one of the accused shouting at the prosecution, “there is no transparency, no due process” after the journalists were expelled from the courtroom.

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Footage shows guards attacking asylum seekers on Manus Island

Footage has just been released from Manus Island which shows Papua New Guinea
guards attacking asylum seekers.

The guards are seen throwing stones and other objects at the detainees who were trying
to flee the centre. A G4S staff member is also seen hurling a plastic chair towards a
group of asylum seekers.

There are also pictures which show shots being fired into the air as a warning, and a
compound fence being pushed in allegedly by PNG nationals.

The footage all took place prior to the violent riot which resulted in the death of asylum
seeker Reza Berati.

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Troubling footage from Manus Island

New found footage from Manus Island show PNG security officers attacking refugees days before the February riots.

Images of guards throwing stones at refugees has raised speculation as to whether the federal government is doing everything it can to prevent violence at the detention centre. The crime scene images of casualty Reza Barati show that there was no attempt to secure the crime scene before evidence was removed.

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HMAS Leeuwin abuse cases should go before Royal Commission

Lawyers representing victims of sexual abuse at Western Australia’s HMAS Leeuwin naval base in the 1970’S and 1980’S have asked their cases to be considered by the royal commission into sexual abuse of children.

Lawyers have argued that unlike other sexual abuse cases in the Australian Defence Force, this case is different as the cadets were only 15 and 16 at the time

Of all abuse cases in the defence force to come out over the last two years, the cases of young cadets at HMAS Leeuwin are the most graphic, with many subjected to bullying, rape, sexual assault and painful and humiliating discipline.

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Iran proposes to ban vasectomies and abortions

Iran’s parliament is pushing to ban vasectomies and tighten abortion laws in an attempt to boost the nation’s birth rate.

Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has encouraged the nation to move away from it’s progressive laws on family planning, as they’re an imitation of western culture, and battle the ageing population by doubling it from 77 million people to 150 million.

An overwhelming majority of Iranian MPs have reportedly consented to consider the bill which looks likely to pass as the Supreme Leader holds great influence over the parliament.

New laws being discussed may introduce punishments for those involved in encouraging contraceptive services and abortions, and ban vasectomies.

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