Human rights issues articles

human rights issues



Is it OK to be a bigot?
Zac Alstin | 08 April 2014 |
tags: Australia, bigotry, free speech
Australia's Attorney-General thinks so.


How we treat the vulnerable is a moral test beyond politics
Julian Burnside | 18 March 2014 |
tags: Australia, immigration, refugees
Australia is not an exclusive club for the comfortable and wealthy.


Trampling on youthful hopes, Russia radicalizes Ukraine
Mark Hanssen | 18 March 2014 |
tags: European values, Russia, Ukraine
Putin's bullying transforms mere idealism into a real independence movement.


Democracy is broke. Here’s how to fix it
Carolyn Moynihan | 14 March 2014 |
tags: democracy, family, The Economist, virtue
People are dying in the name of democracy while others are disenchanted. What has gone wrong?


“Above all liberties”
David van Gend | 14 March 2014 |
tags: Australia, free speech
Free speech is at the heart of a self-governing society.


Democracy in times of crisis
John Keane | 26 February 2014 |
tags: book reviews, democracy
Without strong leaders democracies can only muddle through.


Being and Being Bought
Pauline Cooper-Ioelu | 17 February 2014 |
tags: book reviews, feminism, prostitution, surrogacy
A new feminist book sees both prostitution and surrogacy as anti-woman.


The human face of immigration reform
Jose H. Gomez | 28 January 2014 |
tags: immigration, Los Angeles, Mexico, US
How Americans respond to the challenge is a measure of their humanity.


The asylum seekers who frightened Elizabethan England
Susan Broomhall | 28 January 2014 |
tags: asylum seekers, history, immigration, religious freedom
Shakespeare was disgusted by the treatment that the refugees received from his countrymen.


Enduring power
J. Donald Boudreau | 08 January 2014 |
tags: bioethics, Hippocratic Oath
After 2,400 years, the Hippocratic Oath still inspires doctors. Why is a leading bioethicist mocking it?


Lasting impressions of Nelson Mandela, 1918 - 2013
Carolyn Moynihan | 06 December 2013 |
tags: Nelson Mandela, obituaries
May he rest in peace, and his ideals not be forgotten.


Syria’s children, forced to be family breadwinners
C. Peter Kessler | 03 December 2013 |
tags: child labour, refugees, Syria conflict
More than 1.1. million Syrian children are registered as refugees. Thousands are without their parents.


The next human rights revolution
Chen Guangcheng | 31 October 2013 |
tags: Chen Guangcheng, China, human rights
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
Mishka Gora | 29 October 2013 |
tags: Bosnia, genocide, war crimes
Twenty years after fighting ceased, many people are still caught up in a culture of denial.


Living With Dead Hearts
Brendan Malone | 27 September 2013 |
tags: children, China, film reviews, trafficking
China's kidnapped children, and what one father learned from his search.


The gates open to a Nobel Prize
Matthew Hanley | 19 September 2013 |
tags: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, Nobel Peace Prize, philanthropy
The Gates Foundation has been awarded one of the world's most prestigious awards for public health. Does it deserve it?


The unseen epidemic
Paul Russell | 17 September 2013 |
tags: abuse, disability, elder abuse, euthanasia
Disability abuse, like elder abuse, is widespread but seldom reported.


Who remembers Rana Plaza?
George Cairns | 17 September 2013 |
tags: Bangladesh, media, Rana Plaza
The world quickly forgot about the severely injured women and the hundreds who are still missing.


Why do we bother to vote?
John Armstrong | 06 September 2013 |
tags: Australia, democracy, politics
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
Emma Cunliffe | 04 September 2013 |
tags: archaeology, Syria
Our past is disappearing as looters with guns and bulldozers pillage some of the world's richest archeological sites.


Too many victims to remember
Dmytro Moroz and Claire Bigg | 03 September 2013 |
tags:
On August 18, 1941, the Soviet government killed scores of thousands of its own citizens. No one remembers.


American generosity, second to none
Vincenzina Santoro | 19 August 2013 |
tags: philanthropy, United Nations, USA
September 5 marks the first International Day of Charity. Which country gives the most?


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