Posts Tagged ‘ human rights ’

Mugabe survives, yet a shattered country can build anew

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Whether Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, can help Zimbabwe escape the yoke of Robert Mugabe’s rule is not yet clear. The two bitter rivals have signed a power-sharing deal, a complicated arrangement that leaves Mr Mugabe as President and makes Mr Tsvangirai Prime Minister. The army stays under Mr Mugabe’s control, while Mr Tsvangirai apparently has the job of fixing the devastated economy.

Thank God Greens are not running country

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

For political fringe-dwellers like the Greens, there was no threat to Australia’s national security to warrant the 2005 anti-terrorism laws. The legislation was, they said, all a ruse to hide the government’s real agenda, ramming the new industrial relations laws through parliament during that first week in November 2005.

Russian police kill anti-government website owner

Sep 1st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

The killing of owner Magomed Yevloyev could incite tensions in the province of Ingushetia west of Chechnya, which has been the site of frequent attacks on police and other officials. Police arrested Yevloyev today, taking him off a plane that had just landed in Ingushetia province near Chechnya, said the site’s deputy editor.

Unwarranted cruelty

Sep 1st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

With the introduction of temporary protection visas, the Tampa incident and the excision of Australian territory from our migration zone, refugees were treated increasingly inhumanely. They were demonised by policies and practices that were largely - and shamefully - supported by both sides of parliament.

Muslim separatists held in Kashmir turmoil

Aug 26th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

Authorities yesterday arrested a separatist leader, Yasin Malik, hours after detaining two others, Sayed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. Meanwhile, three protesters were killed in clashes with police across the Kashmir Valley, and another 80 protesters defying the Government-imposed curfew in towns across the valley were injured.

East Timor army accused of abuse, death threats

Aug 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

Judicial authorities in East Timor are investigating more than 40 allegations that armed forces have used violence, intimidation, and death threats against civilians. A United Nations report documents a litany of human rights abuses by local police and army officers in the course of their work.

Pacific leaders threaten to suspend Fiji from islands forum

Aug 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

The Forum chairman, Niue’s premier Toke Talagi, told reporters that leaders had decided that a group of foreign ministers will monitor the situation in Fiji and would report before the end of the year. The leaders said in a communique today that the decision by Commodore Bainimarama, Fiji’s self-appointed prime minister, not to come to the summit to explain his broken promise to hold democratic elections in the country was “unacceptable”.

Pakistan poised to reinstate sacked judges

Aug 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

Former president Pervez Musharraf removed more than 60 judges under an emergency order on November 3 last year, just as the Supreme Court was set to rule against his election for a second presidential term. The announcement was expected to be made after a meeting of ruling coalition leaders last night.

Terrorism still seen as a threat by Aussies

Aug 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

A clear majority of voters believe freedom of speech should not extend to groups that are sympathetic to terrorists (56.8 per cent agreed with this proposition and only 23.2 per cent disagreed). A smaller majority also said police should be allowed to search the houses of these people without a court order (50.5 per cent in favour versus 33.2 per cent opposed).

Fiji pulls out of Pacific summit

Aug 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

New Zealand had previously said it would allow Commodore Frank Bainimarama, Fiji’s self-appointed prime minister, and his delegation a transit visa to go to Niue via Auckland, but stopped short of allowing the Fiji group to visit New Zealand after the regional meeting.