Human Rights

Observing the 2012 Human Trafficking

Observing the 2012 Human Trafficking

This week US citizens observed National Human Trafficking Awareness Day through acts of education, legislation, and enforcement; whilst, around the world, other people highlighted or tackled this global problem in their own countries. According to an annual report on human trafficking released by the US State Department in June last year, 27 million men, women […]

New York legalizes same-sex marriage

New York legalizes same-sex marriage

The New York State Legislature passed a bill Friday that legalizes same-sex marriage in the state. It was signed into law by Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo. New York now becomes the sixth and largest U.S. state with legalized same-sex marriage. The practice is legal in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa and Washington, D.C.. Four […]

UN accuses Australia of ‘demonising asylum seekers’

UN accuses Australia of ‘demonising asylum seekers’

The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner has questioned Australia’s tough asylum seeker policies this week, stating that Australia’s mandatory detention regime has “cast a shadow” over its human rights record. Navi Pillay, the UN’s Human Rights watchdog, was particularly critical of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s asylum seeker trade deal with Malaysia. This bilateral agreement, if […]