human rights issues
Lasting impressions of Nelson Mandela, 1918 - 2013
May he rest in peace, and his ideals not be forgotten.
Syria’s children, forced to be family breadwinners
More than 1.1. million Syrian children are registered as refugees. Thousands are without their parents.
The next human rights revolution
China’s totalitarian system threatens justice on a global scale, says a renowned human rights activist.
In Bosnia, the ghosts still have no resting place
Twenty years after fighting ceased, many people are still caught up in a culture of denial.
Living With Dead Hearts
China's kidnapped children, and what one father learned from his search.
The gates open to a Nobel Prize
The Gates Foundation has been awarded one of the world's most prestigious awards for public health. Does it deserve it?
The unseen epidemic
Disability abuse, like elder abuse, is widespread but seldom reported.
Who remembers Rana Plaza?
The world quickly forgot about the severely injured women and the hundreds who are still missing.
Why do we bother to vote?
As Australians queue up to cast their votes in a Federal election, it's time to pose the timeless question.
History is another casualty of Syria’s war
Our past is disappearing as looters with guns and bulldozers pillage some of the world's richest archeological sites.
Too many victims to remember
On August 18, 1941, the Soviet government killed scores of thousands of its own citizens. No one remembers.
American generosity, second to none
September 5 marks the first International Day of Charity. Which country gives the most?
Is care for refugees the greatest moral challenge of our time?
The problem of "boat people" is acute, but Australians must not dehumanize these refugees, says a former Labor Party president.
Safeguards needed for genetic privacy
If your genome can be digitized, it can be hacked.
Down with stifling groupthink, says Irish minister
An extraordinary speech against her government's abortion bill could get a rising star expelled from her party.
India sends last telegram. Stop.
The end of an era brings back memories of a tragic love story during India's Partition.
Syria’s spiral of war
Skilled diplomacy is needed to avert an escalating arms race between the two sides in which many more civilians will die.
No warrant, no problem
It's relatively easy for the US government to follow its citizens' digital trails. And most of the time, you will never know.
EU shows how to do a dodgy survey
The EU's largest-ever survey of hate crimes and discrimination against LGBT people claims that they labour under a terrible burden. But the figures don’t support the conclusions.
Cultural imperialism on the march
Why is the Obama administration promoting Gay Pride Months and campaigning for gay rights in countries like Pakistan and El Salvador?
Indifference to the fate of Middle East Christians has ancient roots
The Western media is using an centuries-old playbook in its treatment of Iraqi, Syrian and Egyptian Christians.
Harvard Munch: when liberty becomes bondage
One hundred and fifty years after J S Mill's famous book on Utilitarianism, the heirs of his philosophy are embracing nihilism.
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