Human Rights

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.

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.

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.

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.

Asylum seekers attempt suicide on Manus Island

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Last week two Iranian asylum seekers in their mid-20's, currently detained on Manus Island, attempted to commit suicide, after reading comments by the Papua New Guinea government lawyer Ian Molloy.

Molloy, who inspected the detention centre, has been reported saying the "asylum seekers appeared clean, clothed and healthy."

The suicide attempts follow protests about the bad conditions of the detention centre, which turned violent and resulted in the death of detainee Reza Berati.

Asylum seekers claim Manus Island transfer illegal

Asylum seekers destined for Manus Island have launched a new bid for freedom, at the same time the Papua New Guinea Government has moved to squash a second inquiry into conditions at the centres.

The asylum seekers argue the transfer from Australia to PNG is unlawful because it is against their will, their detainment is arbitrary and undefined, and the conditions at the centre are inhuman and degrading.

This is the latest move after the PNG government challenged the impartiality of the judge who started the proceedings and accused him of not complying with the proper processes under PNG Law.

Night out Reform Released

The Queensland Government released its Safe Night Out reform proposal on Sunday but not all stakeholders are satisfied by the proposed new laws.

Maxillofacial surgeon Anthony Lynham, who is also a member of the Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol, says although the Coward Punch legislation may be effective, he would have liked to have seen them limit liquor outlets to prevent party goers ‘preloading’. The Valley Liquor Accord on the other hand said the strategy was ‘informed and considered’.

Asylum seekers testify at Manus Inquiry

Four asylum seekers will today appear before the Manus Island human rights inquiry to give evidence regarding the terrible living conditions at the detention centre.

The inquiry, initiated by Judge David Cannings, has been commissioned after last month’s deadly riot, and will examine whether conditions at the detention centre comply with international human rights agreements.

Judge Cannings visited the detention centre yesterday, describing the atmosphere as ‘very tense’ and finding little space for exercise, cramped dormitories and not overly clean dining facilities.

Putin Proclaims Crimea a Sovereign State

Following up on the situation in Crimea, despite the sanctions made by the US, Eu and Canada Putin has recognised Crimea independent, after they voted to leave the Ukraine and join Russia.

President Obama says that this is a clear provocation and will lead to further sanctions and the isolation of Russia. Russian troops currently occupy the peninsula and they allegedly plan to nationalize all ukrainian property there.

Venezuelan Anti-Government Protests Escalates

The month long anti-government protests in Caracas-Venezuela has escalated again over the weekend after the government utilised security forces and combat troops to break through barricades the protesters built.

Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres has stated that his goal was to maintain peace and control. Today the number of deaths has risen to 29 people. The protesters have been protesting against President Nicolas Maduro due to the food-shortages, crimes and the presence of cuban advisors in the government.

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