Human Rights

Egyptian elections extended one more day

Only about 37 per cent of Egypt's eligible voters have cast ballots in two days of presidential elections, with polling extended for another day.

That is well below the almost 52 per cent who voted when Islamist Mohamed Morsi was elected in 2012.
The electoral commission has decided to extend the voting for a third day after reports of low turnout, citing a "heat wave" during the day.

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PNG police not invited into Manus detention centre

The head of G4S, the security company that was in charge of the Manus Island detention centre during February's fatal riot, has strongly rejected suggestions it invited Papua New Guinea police inside the fence.

During the riot, PNG police broke down the fence and began shooting, and G4S told an inquiry that the police action was "unexpected and unforseeable".
But a secret recording of a G4S security briefing on Manus Island in January, obtained by the ABC, suggests that plans were in place to hand control over to the mobile police squad in the event of a major incident.
G4S spokesperson Chris Manning said "I would emphatically deny that that took place,".

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AFL to recognise indigenous Australians

The AFL has become the first major sporting body to formally support constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians.

The AFL will back the Recognise campaign, a people's movement, advocating for constitutional change, and incorporate its message into upcoming games.
The plan to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution was backed by both sides of politics under the previous Labor government, and enabling legislation has been passed by the federal parliament.
However, a form of words to put to a referendum has not yet been agreed on.

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Thai former minister detained by military

Eight armed soldiers have burst into a journalists' club in Bangkok and detained former Thailand government minister Chaturon Chaisang, who had denounced last week's military coup as a disaster.

Mr Chaturon said he believed the military had used violence on the streets as an excuse for the coup. The military said it had to intervene to prevent more serious bloodshed."This is the work of those who fear their own people. They don't believe in elections.”
Mr Chaturon had been on the run after refusing to turn himself in to the army, despite being summoned in the wake of the May 22 coup.

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Pakistani woman stoned to death

A 25-year-old Pakistani woman has been stoned to death by her family outside the Lahore High Court in a so-called 'honour killing' for marrying the man she loved, police said.

Farzana Iqbal was waiting for the court to open when a group of around dozen men including her father, two brothers and former fiance, began attacking her with bricks, said senior police officer Umer Cheema.
Ms Iqbal suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital.
All the suspects except her father escaped arrest.
Around 1,000 Pakistani women are killed every year by their families in 'honour killings', according to Pakistani rights group, the Aurat Foundation.

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Tibet’s never-ending fight for freedom

63 years and seven months have gone by since China's invasion of Tibet, and Beijing has been escalating its dominance and repression over the culture, traditions, language and religion, suppressing the freedom, basic human rights and identity of Tibetan people. Due to geopolitical concerns, mineral resources and other interests, the Chinese government has simply ignored international pressure related to this issue.

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Poverty-stricken Cambodia to welcome Nauru refugees

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has confirmed the country will accept refugees from Australia in a controversial agreement condemned by human rights and refugee advocates.

Mr Hun Sen said Cambodia will sign a memorandum of understanding with Australia in order to help the selected refugees, with opportunities for education and earning of livelihoods alongside other Cambodian citizens without discrimination.

However refugee advocates predict many refugees expected to be sent to Cambodia from Nauru will refuse to resettle there, in the hope there is a policy change and they will eventually be able to settle in Australia.

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Nauru asylum seekers may be sent to Cambodia

Some asylum seekers at the Australian-run immigration processing centre on Nauru have been informed they will be sent to Cambodia if they are found to be refugees.

The advice preempts the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and Cambodia.

Some family groups among the more than one thousand-one hundred asylum seekers on Nauru have allegedly been told their future is in Cambodia, according to the ABC.

However the office of Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison stated that no agreement has been reached with Cambodia, and that no such messaging has been provided by the Australian Government to transferees at Nauru.

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Nigeria calls for Security Council sanctions against Boko Haram

Nigeria has asked the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on Boko Haram, following Boko Haram taking responsibility for kidnapping over 200 schoolgirls in mid-April.

Boko Haram attacks have also left thousands dead since 2009.

Boko Haram will be on the blacklist of groups linked to al-Qaeda on Thursday if no objections are raised by the 15 committee members.

Once put onto this list further steps can be taken against the group including the freezing of assets, an arms embargo and travel bans.

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Cambodia agrees to refugee deal with Australia

Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia released a statement saying they will take in refugees from Australia.

He intends to sign a memorandum with Australia, despite the heavy concerns many humans rights and refugee advocates voiced over this action.

Since resettling to Cambodia is optional, many believe the refugees will rather wait for a policy change in Australia than relocating.

Hun Sen who has been Prime Minister for 30 years acknowledged that Cambodia is one of the poorest nations in world, but insists they can take care of the refugees.

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