Is owning your own home a human right? How about owning a jetski? | First Dog on the Moon
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14h ago
Do we need a human rights act in Australia? Sure why not. Something else for governments to ignore Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints ..read more
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Two poems, four years in detention: the Chinese dissident who smuggled his writing out of prison – podcast
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by Written by Liao Yiwu and read by Daniel York Loh. Produced by Nicola Alexandrou. The executive producer was Ellie Bury
14h ago
My poems were written in anger after Tiananmen Square. But what motivates most prison writing is a fear of forgetting. Today I am free, but the regime has never stopped its war on words. By Liao Yiwu ..read more
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China has renamed hundreds of Uyghur villages and towns, say human rights groups
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by Helen Davidson in Taipei
6d ago
Report finds that religious, historical and cultural references have been removed in crackdown by Beijing Hundreds of Uyghur villages and towns have been renamed by Chinese authorities to remove religious or cultural references, with many replaced by names reflecting Communist party ideology, a report has found. Research published on Wednesday by Human Rights Watch and the Norway-based organisation Uyghur Hjelp documents about 630 communities that have been renamed in this way by the government, mostly during the height of a crackdown on Uyghurs that several governments and human rights bodies ..read more
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Thailand passes historic bill recognising marriage equality
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by Rebecca Ratcliffe in Bangkok
1w ago
Country on track to become third in Asia – after Taiwan and Nepal – to legalise same-sex marriage Thailand’s senate has passed the final reading of a historic marriage equality bill, paving the way for the country to become the first in south-east Asia to recognise same-sex marriage. The bill gained the support of nearly all upper-house lawmakers and will be sent to the palace for the pro-forma endorsement by King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The law will come into force 120 days after it is published in the royal gazette ..read more
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Chinese premier Li Qiang’s Australia visit overshadowed by officials’ apparent attempt to block Cheng Lei's view at event
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by Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent
1w ago
The first visit to Australia by a Chinese premier in seven years was marked by anti-China groups protesting China’s disregard for human rights Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast The Australian government has rolled out the welcome mat as China’s premier, Li Qiang, visited Canberra, but his trip may have been overshadowed by an apparent attempt by Chinese officials to block the view of the formerly detained Australian journalist Cheng Lei during a signing ceremony. The first trip to Australia by a Ch ..read more
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Unless Australia stands up to a bullying China, it will just push to get away with more | Badiucao
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by Badiucao
1w ago
Our response to Yang Hengjun’s jailing is inadequate and chilling. Chinese-Australians are Australians too! China’s premier is visiting Australia and Li Qiang’s first stop was the Adelaide zoo, home to pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni. Beijing has enjoyed exercising “panda diplomacy” over the years, loaning bears to countries depending on its assessment of how well diplomatic relations are going ..read more
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Labor urged to put human rights record before trade as Chinese premier visits Canberra
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by Amy Remeikis
1w ago
Anthony Albanese should seek commitments for concrete action in his talks with Li Qiang, campaigners say Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Human rights advocates have called on Anthony Albanese to place China’s human rights record ahead of economic and trade discussions in his meeting with China’s second most powerful leader on Monday. They said it was time for Australia’s Labor government to demand concrete action from China in addressing human rights complaints against it as “statements of concern” were not achieving results. Sign up for Guardian Aus ..read more
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China’s panda promise to Adelaide put in black and white as human rights protesters bear witness
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by Australian Associated Press
1w ago
Wang Wang and Fu Ni have lived at the city’s zoo for 15 years but are due to head home by the end of 2024 ‘Twists and turns’ in Australia-China ties are over, Li Qiang says – but Penny Wong highlights tensions Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Li Qiang has announced a panda swap for Adelaide zoo, a diplomatic move long anticipated but timed to coincide with the first visit of a Chinese premier to Australia since 2017. Making the announcement at the zoo, Li said two new giant pandas would replace Wang Wang and Fu Ni, who have lived at the zoo for 15 yea ..read more
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India: author Arundhati Roy to be prosecuted over 2010 Kashmir remarks
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by Clea Skopeliti
1w ago
Official from ruling BJP party allows action against Booker winner under controversial anti-terrorism law Indian authorities have granted permission for the prosecution of the Booker prize-winning Indian novelist Arundhati Roy over comments she made about Kashmir at an event in 2010. The top official in the Delhi administration, VK Saxena, gave the go-ahead for legal action against Roy, whose novel The God of Small Things won the Booker prize in 1997, under anti-terrorism legislation, alongside a former university professor, Sheikh Showkat Hussain ..read more
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Queensland government accused of cowing to Christian Lobby on anti-discrimination bill
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by Ben Smee
1w ago
Human rights commissioner says government has ‘recklessly abandoned’ years of consultation aimed at modernising outdated laws Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Queensland’s human rights commissioner, Scott McDougall, has said he is “deeply disappointed” and “at a loss to understand why” the state Labor government reneged on its promise to overhaul the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act. As foreshadowed by Guardian Australia, the attorney general, Yvette D’Ath, on Friday tabled a new bill that will enact only some of the promised reforms. Sign up for Guard ..read more
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