Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Human Rights Videos: Have You Got That Right?

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law has launched a new video series - Have You Got That Right?:

Have You Got That Right? is an innovative series of videos answering important human rights questions quickly, clearly and in a way that won’t put you to sleep.

The project will be broken into a number of 10-episode series, each with a different theme. Series one blends comedy with serious academic content, while series two will be interview-based.

Knowledge is power, and these videos will empower people to better understand how human rights protect the most vulnerable people.

Each series has 10 episodes. What are Human Rights? and Marriage Equality are now online with 8 to follow.

Each video has very useful additional information about the Law and a collection of excellent Resources.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Burqa Banished Behind Glass

From my latest post for Global Voices Online: Burqa Banished Behind Glass in Australian Parliament
There have been strong reactions to a decision on 2 October 2014 by the presiding officers of the Australian parliament concerning the burqa.

The current controversy should be seen in the context of:

  • The raising of the National Terrorism Public Alert level from Medium to High, “that points to the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack”.

  • High profile security raids with subsequent terrorism charges.

  • The stabbing of two police officers by a Muslim youth who was shot dead.

  • Australia’s military participation in the coalition against the so-called Islamic State.

  • New, tougher anti-terrorism laws that have been condemned by some as striking “at the heart of press freedom”.

  • Twitter was ablaze with lots of opposition to and some support for the proposal.