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On Human Rights – Declared, Upheld, And Otherwise

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

The 10th of December marks the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It’s a pretty interesting document – not least because, if you peruse its contents, it contains an array of “rights” that have largely fallen by the wayside here in modern, neoliberal society.

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Paga Hill iconic human rights documentary banned from PNG festival

By   /  October 13, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Joe Moses: “It is shameful that [the PNG] government continues to limit free speech and put such pressure on our country’s only annual arts and human rights event. How does this make us look to the world leaders who will be coming here for the APEC meeting in November?”

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GUEST BLOG: Maire Leadbeater – Indonesia rails against Pacific support for West Papua

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on GUEST BLOG: Maire Leadbeater – Indonesia rails against Pacific support for West Papua

Indonesia is becoming increasingly frantic about the Pacific Island states who speak up for West Papua.  Triggered by Vanuatu’s prime Minister, Charlot Salwai’s address at the UN General Assembly this month, Indonesia went on a no-holds-barred attack.

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GUEST BLOG: Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis – Interview with Ari

By   /  August 6, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

Ari is a resilient, strong, beautiful, intelligent and kind transgender young woman who has faced many adversaries throughout her transition to her preferred gender. Ari has lived an incredible life resulting in a high level of maturity and an authentic view of the world we live in today. I admire Ari’s strength and transparency so I decided to approach her for an interview! 

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Mike Treen leaves NZ for Gaza Flotilla

By   /  July 18, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Mike Treen – National Director of Unite Union Auckland speaks before departing to join the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla

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UN critics join global outrage over Duterte’s Rappler ‘free press’ attack

By   /  January 27, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

Media freedom advocates claim that the Philippines is facing its worst free expression and security crisis since the Marcos dictatorship, with The New York Times denouncing the “ruthlessness” and “viciousness” of President Rodrigo Duterte’s disdain for democracy in his bid to close the critical Rappler.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Statement of abuse for Kelvin Davis

By   /  December 28, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

This is your prison system now and the violence and abuse used against me is an affront to basic decency. 

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An open letter to Lorde

By   /  December 23, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  151 Comments

Dear Lorde, your decision will make a difference. Please stand on the side of justice.

In the wise words of Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situation of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”.  

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EXCLUSIVE: Daily Blog Prisoner Rights Blogger in his own words being choked unconscious by Prison Staff

By   /  December 23, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

…The Daily Blog is calling upon the Minister to investigate how our blogger came to be beaten unconscious and forced into a transfer while he is making valid complaints agains the staff who are abusing him. 

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GUEST BLOG: Dr Liz Gordon – Time for new strategies for women’s equality

By   /  December 16, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

I can remember many years ago being told my one of my senior academic colleagues that I should not be so impatient for women’s equality – that it would come, but probably take about 25 years. Well, 25 years has been and gone and progress have been sporadic and regression all too common. In particular, men are still mostly in charge of things. In the private sector and the state, most CEOs are men, most board chairs are men and most of the voices heard are males.

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GUEST BLOG: Lachlan Forsyth – Why The Syrian Conflict Is Ours To Care About

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

How to comprehend the brutal conflict that has enveloped Syria for almost seven years?

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – An Israeli Interpretation of the Battle of Beersheva

By   /  November 12, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

How dramatic, how exciting! A carefully researched , authentic re-enactment by the Australian and New Zealand descendents of the Light Horse Brigade whose brave cavalry charge lead to the defeat of the Ottomans at the Battle of Beersheva fought on 31 October 1917. Note the horses, the uniforms, the flags!

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Update on my case against the NZ Police with the Human Rights Review Tribunal

By   /  October 23, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

It has become obvious to me from the outset that this entire process to hold the NZ Police to account for breaching my privacy and civil rights is made to be as difficult and impossible as possible so that people complaining give up rather than hold them to account.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – BACK TO SCHOOL , NOT FOR EVERYONE!

By   /  October 2, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

Jubbet Adh-Dhib is a small Palestinian village in the West Bank.  To get to school, children have had to walk several kilometres, on muddy rough trails. Moreover, they have  often been harrassed, sometimes violently,  by Israeli soldiers and ‘settlers’

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Gaza on my mind

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

Why not say it as it is! Not an open air prison. It’s a concentration camp, a death camp. Now, today. The 21st century. A death camp for roughly 2 million men, women and children. Don’t forget the children.

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White Wednesdays: an emerging resistance of Iranian women against the compulsory hijab

By   /  July 6, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

A new campaign designed to challenge the compulsory hijab law in Iran is encouraging women to show their support by wearing white headscarves in public every Wednesday.

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