Tag: human rights

  • Remembering the Rule of Law

    by Melissa Castan Remembrance Day is commemorated on 11 November; on that day, we recall those who fell in the Great War fighting for their country. Some also recall it as ‘Dismissal Day,’ marking one of the most turbulent political events in Australian history. In Australia this year we also celebrated a ‘Rule of Law’ […]

  • Burma and Economic Sanctions

    By Sarah Joseph Saturday November 13 was a great day for human rights, with the release of Aung San Suu Kyi after seven years of house arrest in Burma. Her bravery in refusing to accept conditions on her arrest, and willingness to become immediately politically engaged upon release, is truly inspiring. She knows that her activism […]

  • George W Bush and Torture

    By Sarah Joseph So George Bush has admitted that he authorised waterboarding. In fact, he seem quite proud of it – damn right. Bush asserts that the practice saved lives. But one can never know if Bush’s assertions about the results of waterboarding are correct. Would more orthodox tactics have worked to gain the alleged life-saving information?  […]

  • Universal Periodic Review of the US

    By Sarah Joseph On November 5 in Geneva, it was the US’s turn to have its human rights record scrutinised as part of the Human Rights Council’s process of Universal Periodic Review. The summary of that document is not yet available, but should be online in the next few days via http://www.upr-info.org/-United-States-.html.  Initial reaction from […]

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