Lords can stop police getting pre-emptive protest ban rights, Green peer says
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by Damien Gayle
3d ago
Labour must whip its benches to vote against controversial proposed powers, says Jenny Jones UK politics live – latest news updates Controversial proposed powers for police to pre-emptively ban protests believed likely to cause “serious disruption” could be killed in the House of Lords if Labour whips its benches to vote against them, the Green peer Jenny Jones has said. The powers, described as “a blank cheque to shut down dissent”, were introduced by the government this month in late amendments to a public order bill that already includes a series of anti-protest measures ..read more
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Rishi Sunak told to ditch plans to overhaul human rights laws
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by Caroline Davies
5d ago
MPs and peers say bill will damage people’s ability to enforce rights and harm UK’s international reputation Rishi Sunak is being urged to abandon the government’s controversial attempt to overhaul human rights legislation after a warning that the bill of rights appears to “tip the balance” in favour of the state and seriously damages people’s ability to enforce their rights. A cross-party committee of MPs and peers said the bill, which would replace the Human Rights Act, which enshrines the European convention on human rights in the UK, showed a “disregard” for the UK’s international legal ob ..read more
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Australian basketball’s first pride round lauded despite some NBL players’ reluctance to wear LGBTQ+ jersey
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by Henry Belot
5d ago
Beau Newell from Pride in Sport says it’s naive to expect all players to wear rainbow logo and does not undermine inclusivity Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast The NBL’s first pride round still sends a strong message of inclusivity despite the reluctance of several players to wear a logo supporting the LGBTQ+ community, according to Australian national nonprofit inclusion program Pride in Sport. Several Cairns Taipans players are reportedly hesitant to wear a jersey bearing a rainbow logo durin ..read more
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Immigration detainee not given new food because maggots ‘just on the vegetables’, report finds
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by Adeshola Ore
6d ago
Advocates say ombudsman’s findings lay bare ‘inhumane’ treatment in Australia’s detention centres Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast An immigration detainee served a contaminated meal was not offered an alternative because the maggots were “just on the vegetables”, a report by the federal watchdog has found. The claims by the commonwealth ombudsman – which are denied by the Australian Border Force – come in a report into conditions inside federal detention centres as part of Australia’s obligati ..read more
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‘The Crocodile has not changed’: Zimbabwe opposition warns of election violence
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by Jason Burke Africa correspondent and Nyasha Chingono in Harare
1w ago
Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa urges world to keep ‘eyes on’ President Mnangagwa amid fears of repression this summer The leader of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party has warned of violence and repression by the ruling Zanu-PF party to ensure victory in elections scheduled for later this year. In an interview with the Observer, Nelson Chamisa, president of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), called on the international community to have “eyes on” the struggling southern African country despite other crises around the world and to “offer solidarity” to those fighting for change there ..read more
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Australia risks UN human rights blacklisting as states fail to meet prison obligations
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by Adeshola Ore
1w ago
Deadline to meet anti-torture treaty obligations is Friday, but governments have yet to install watchdogs Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Australia risks being placed on a human rights blacklist alongside such countries as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo by failing to meet its obligations in prison oversight under a UN anti-torture treaty. The UN’s Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (Opcat) was ratified under the Turnbull government in December 2017, but Australia has since requested two deadline extensions to me ..read more
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Iran to execute mentally ill man for allegedly burning Qur’an during protest
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by Maryam Foumani and Patrick Wintour
1w ago
Rights groups say Javad Rouhi, who was sentenced on charges including apostasy, was tortured so badly he can no longer speak A 35-year-old man from a small village in northern Iran has been sentenced to death on charges including apostasy for allegedly burning a Qur’an and “insulting holy things” during the early phase of the protests triggered by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini. Javad Rouhi has not been entitled to a lawyer of his choice in court and suffers from a severe mental illness. Human rights groups say he was tortured so terribly in a detention centre run by the feared Revolution ..read more
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Human Rights Commission ‘deeply concerned’ over state of New Zealand’s prisons
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by Eva Corlett in Wellington
1w ago
Vacant positions mean that some prisoners spend 23 hours a day locked in their cells while others face months-long delays to parole hearings Confined to cells for 23 hours a day; unable to see family face-to-face; problems accessing lawyers – New Zealand’s prisoners are becoming “excessively disconnected and isolated” because prison staffing shortages have hit crisis point, says the Human Rights Commission, lawyers and those working with prisoners. As of January, the department of Corrections is down by more than 850 frontline staff across its prisons – 498 of those are vacant positions, with ..read more
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Family of executed British-Iranian national ‘prevented from seeing body’
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by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor
2w ago
Alireza Akbari’s sister and daughter went to cemetery to collect his remains but were told he had already been interred The Tehran-based family of the executed British-Iranian dual national Alireza Akbari have been prevented from seeing his body or burying him in the grave in which he had asked to be laid to rest in Shiraz, his birthplace, family members have told the Guardian. Akbari was executed for spying for M16, charges he vehemently denied and for which there is no substantive evidence, save a confession extracted under torture ..read more
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Economic, social and cultural rights must be enshrined in UK law | Letter
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by Guardian Staff
2w ago
A new report has found that our basic human rights are not being upheld by the British government, says Jess McQuail This week UK government representatives will meet world and business leaders at Davos to talk a big game on inequality. Yet at the same time, a new report from more than 70 civil society organisations across England and Wales has found that our basic human rights at home are in crisis. Over the last six months, the UK human rights organisation Just Fair has been accepting evidence from organisations on the front line of the cost-of-living crisis for a report to the United Nation ..read more
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