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For the many Australians deeply concerned about the growing climate emergency, it’s been a tough year. As nations like the United States and the United Kingdom have pledged to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions…
A student protester speaks to the crowd during a climate change protest in Brisbane.
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Ahmad, an Afghan Australian, was already feeling exhausted after weeks of strict lockdown in a Western Sydney suburb, as he and his wife worked from home and home-schooled their four children. Then on August 15, Ahmad, like many Afghans abroad,…
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Every morning, there is a moment of anxiety as I check to see what has happened overnight in Myanmar. Who has been arrested? Who has been killed? Are they someone I know? Since the Myanmar military seized power on February 1, millions have taken to…
Anti-coup protesters stage a sit-in demonstration, Mandalay, Myanmar, February 24, 2021.
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When I visited Sri Lanka in 2017, I met with mothers of the missing holding a roadside vigil in the northern town of Vavuniya. They clung to worn photos of their sons and told me how their children were taken into custody when the military was…
Elaine Pearson meets with mothers protesting the enforced disappearance of their sons, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, 2017.
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Last week, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian posted on Twitter a fake image which portrayed an Australian soldier with a bloody knife next to a child holding a lamb. The Australian government was outraged, describing it as “disinformation…
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December 10 is Human Rights Day – the 72nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And it also marks a grim milestone – the second anniversary of the arrests of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China. Their detention is…
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during an event to honor some of those involved in China's fight against Covid-19 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, September 8, 2020.
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While Saudi women’s rights activists languish behind bars, the government of Saudi Arabia is virtually hosting the Women20 Summit (W20). Until those Saudi women’s rights activists are freed, talks of reform in Saudi Arabia ring hollow. At the W20,…
Prominent women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul had been on hunger strike for six days before Saudi authorities finally allowed her parents to visit on August 31, according to family members. Al-Hathloul had spent almost three months before that in incommunicado detention.
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Earlier this month, the US government announced it had "brought back every American supporter of ISIS known to be held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against whom we have charges" from northeast Syria. The US is calling on "responsible…
A girl walks through a tented area at Roj camp.
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The European Court of Human Rights found on 19 September that Finland violated its positive duty to protect the right to life of nine students and a teacher in a mass shooting at their vocational institute. It is only the second time that the court…
School #1 in Beslan, North Ossetia. 2004.
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Rights Perspectives on Laws Assigning Gender

People whose identities do not fit into a rigid female/male gender binary have, in many countries, been on a years-long quest to obtain official documents that reflect their identities by using a non-binary “X” marker in lieu of the typical “F” or “M…
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Rights Perspectives on Laws Assigning Gender

Dana Zzymm, an intersex and nonbinary US citizen, has been on a years-long quest to obtain a passport that reflects their identity by using a non-binary “X” marker in lieu of the typical “F” or “M.” They sued to compel the US State…
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The Hong Kong government has wasted no time in using its new national security law to arrest critics and attack press freedom. Monday’s arrest of 10 Hong Kong pro-democracy figures, including 71-year-old Jimmy Lai, founder and owner of the pro-…
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The University of New South Wales (UNSW) boldly urges students to "bring your difference." Unfortunately, my recent experience suggests that the university might be more interested in damage control than an open marketplace of ideas. But this is a test…
Protesters gather during a rally against the police's use of tear gas in Hong Kong, December 6, 2019.
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Today, June 15, a retired baker from Sydney will spend his 71st birthday alone in a remote prison three hours south of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City.  His wife and children have not spoken with him since his arrest in January 2019. Nor have…
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The police killing of George Floyd in the United States has sparked renewed calls and demonstrations in Australia to address Aboriginal deaths in custody. My thoughts have been with the family of Mr Jackamarra (whose full name isn’t used for cultural…
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For households around the world, soon it will be the time of the month to start thinking about next month’s rent, mortgage or housing loan payments. Billions of people have been directly or indirectly affected by Covid-19. This unprecedented public…
Homeless women sleep outside on a mattress in the "Villa 31" neighborhood during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
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Every day for more than two years, Mae has brought breakfast and dinner to her husband, Dean, 75, (not their real names) in his aged care facility in their town in Northern Queensland. Dean has dementia and Mae sits with him for hours, encouraging…
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On February 10, Indonesian President Joko Widodo (known as Jokowi) will address Australia’s parliament. Indonesia is often referred to as the democratic success story of Southeast Asia and a model of Muslim democracy, yet it has been responsible…
LGBT activists protest the planned revision to Indonesia’s criminal code outside parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 12, 2018.