Human Rights

Egyptian authorities increase powers against dissent

Al jazeera has revealed that senior Egyptian ministers have advocated for the use of automatic weapons against protesters in Cairo. The revelation comes as leaked taped recordings of Egypt’s interior minister, Mohamed Ibrahim, discussing preparations for announced mass demonstrations.

The leaked news confirms a trend of the Egyptian government intolerance for dissenting voices that continue to grow. On Tuesday, Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi approved measures that increase the scope of security crackdown, give state powers to police to ban assembling groups. Laws already exist criminalising any insult directed towards the judiciary and the president.

Human rights advocates warn that the increasingly broad and vague statutes give authorities greater discretion to prosecute Egyptian citizens.

Nigeria: two suicide bombings kill thirty

Two deadly suicide bombings in two of Nigeria's major commercial centres have killed at least 27 people and injured 30 others.

The first bomber blew himself up whilst entering a bus in Potiskum whilst hours later a two male suicide bombers detonated themselves at a train station in Nigeria’s main northern city Kano.

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan has blamed militant islamist group Boko Haram who are yet to claim responsibility. Boko Haram however have consistently targeted both cities despite a heavy military presence in the area.

Peter Dutton: 200 visas revoked in crackdown

Immigration minister Peter Dutton says more than 200 bikies, drug traffickers and sex offenders have had their visas cancelled over the past three months and are now being deported from Australia.

Migration legislation changes have granted the minister greater powers, resulting in a higher number of cancellations than previous years; 203 visas have been cancelled since last December whilst between July 2011 to July 2014 only 372 were revoked.

Of the 203 visas revoked, 92 are living in immigration detention centres, 99 are serving prison sentences whilst 12 have already been deported; Mr Dutton said he wasn’t sorry for the tough approach saying “they should be removed from our shores as quickly as possible.”

Final please for clemency by Bali 9 Lawyers

A final plea for clemency has been entered by lawyers of Bali 9 ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

This follows the delay of their execution, with reports the two were scheduled to be taken away from Bali last week to another island, officials stating technical problems as the reason for the delay.

Human rights advocates are calling on President Joko Widodo to grant clemency, based on his human rights election platform.

Mr Widodo has refused to pardon any drug smuggler from the death penalty, admitting to denying 64 clemency bids at once.

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New study into 'Forgotten Australians' announced

In the first half of the 20th century, the support services for children in institutional or out of home care was limited by today’s standards.

Cases of abuse and neglect were common and it wasn’t until the late 1980’s that a shift in public attitude and government policy began to take root.

Since then Australia moved away from the institutionalisation of children, but the effects on those who grew up in out of home care are life long.

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Malcolm Fraser defends Gillian Triggs, slams Tony Abbott

The Human Rights Commission's Forgotten Children report found that children in detention had suffered significant mental and physical illness.

Although the report called for a royal commission into the detention of children under both Labor and Coalition governments, it was denounced as ‘blatantly partisan’ by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Commission president Gillian Triggs found herself attacked by Prime Minister Abbott, senior government ministers and the Murdoch press.

Indonesian officials meet to plan transport for Bali Nine's Chan and Sukumaran

Indonesian officials will meet today to discuss arrangements to transport Australian Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to be executed.

Plans to transfer Chan and Sukumaran to the prison island of Nusa Kambangan was initially delayed due to the prison being unprepared for their arrivals.

The lawyers for the imprisoned Bali Nine pair are attempting to gain a full hearing in an East Jakarta court next week, arguing that the Indonesian president Joko Widodo did not give Chan and Sukumaran’s cases enough attention.

The appeal is seen as a last-ditch attempt at getting the president to give Chan and Sukumaran clemency and a second chance at life.

Government confirms sending asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka

The Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed customs authorities intercepted a boat carrying four Sri Lankan asylum seekers off the Cocos Islands ten days ago.

Mr Dutton said that authorities interviewed those on board and came to the conclusion that they did not require Australia’s protection.

The asylum seekers were later transferred to Sri Lankan authorities at sea.

The government’s decision to transfer the group has been condemned by the Human Rights Law Centre and the Tamil Refugee Council.

Housing overhaul needed to get young disabled out of aged care, senate told

Disability advocacy groups are calling on the federal government to lead a strategy to get young people out of aged care facilities.

Currently there are around 340 000 people with dementia in Australia and around 25 000 under the age of 65; about 600 of those are in residential and aged care facilities.

Alzheimers’s Australia is calling for a government commitment to reduce the numbers of young people in aged care by 50 per cent by 2020 as well as specialised care facilities for younger people with dementia.

One year anniversary of Manus Island bashing death

Yesterday marks one year since the bashing death of Reza Berati in the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island.

The anniversary sparked protests and vigils by fellow asylum seekers, a number of whom were friends of Mr Berati.

The initial incident in 2014 saw police and security guards storm the compound, where the 23 year old was killed.

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