‘They want the money’: the real reason boxing is going to Saudi Arabia | World news

For boxing fans it is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. But Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight fight against Andy Ruiz Jr is also rapidly becoming the most controversial. Joshua will earn a career-high fee of about £60m when he faces Ruiz in the ancient Saudi Arabian city of Diriyah, on the outskirts […]

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Leave no one behind for 2022 zero FGM plan

Leave no one behind for 2022 zero FGM plan

By JANE MURUTUMore by this Author Female circumcision was high on the agenda at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD+25) held in Nairobi on November 12-14. Besides, Sustainable Development Goal 5 has one of its targets as the elimination of all harmful practices like the female ‘cut’. In a statement to the Elders […]

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Scott Morrison puts off religious discrimination bill until 2020 | Australia news

Religious freedom laws will not be introduced to federal parliament until 2020 after hundreds of submissions were made to the draft bill. The government will also be issuing a revised draft of the Religious Discrimination Act before the end the year to take into account issues that have been raised during the consultation process. The […]

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The surveillance industry is assisting state suppression. It must be stopped | David Kaye | Opinion

Imagine a government with the power to spy on any critic, reporter or activist. A state with the capacity to extort or silence by tracking not just a person’s movements but her conversations, contacts, photos, notes, emails … the entire content of one’s digital life. This may sound like something from dystopian fiction, but such […]

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16 days aren’t enough to put a stop to GBV

16 days aren’t enough to put a stop to GBV

By DORCAS ODUMBEMore by this Author Today marks the first day of “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence”, an annual international campaign that focuses on eliminating violence against women and girls. The 16 days run-up to December 10. However, the campaign initiated 28 years ago by activists seems not to have borne much fruit. […]

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Australia’s foreign minister labels China’s treatment of Uighurs ‘disturbing’ | World news

Australia’s foreign affairs minister has labelled new details of China’s mass internment of Uighurs “disturbing” and reiterated demands for China to end arbitrary detention. Marise Payne made the statement in response to internal Chinese government documents showing its mass detention of Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang came from directives by Xi Jinping to “show […]

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UK-educated Russians are upholding Putin’s regime, says dissident | World news

The children of Russian oligarchs learn about freedom in the UK only to return to Moscow to reinforce Vladimir Putin’s dictatorial rule, Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian dissident jailed for five years by Russia, has warned in a stark assessment of Putin’s stranglehold on power. Sentsov, Russia’s most famous political prisoner, was released with 35 other […]

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39 Essex Lorry deaths should be 'wake up call' to the government on people smuggling

39 Essex Lorry deaths should be ‘wake up call’ to the government on people smuggling

The tragic deaths of 39 people found in the back of a lorry in Essex should be “wake up call for the Government” to rethink its approach to illegal migration, MPs warn today. The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee warned a policy focused on closing borders will drive migrants to take more dangerous routes and push […]

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Marise Payne says China must be held to account for human rights abuses | Australia news

China must be held accountable for its human rights abuses domestically because “countries that respect and promote their citizens’ rights at home tend also to be better international citizens”, Australia’s foreign affairs minister Marise Payne has said. In an uncompromising speech in Sydney likely to garner attention in Beijing, Payne said Australia must defend an […]

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