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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Confronts Canada’s Failure of Indigenous People in UN Speech

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Confronts Canada’s Failure of Indigenous People in UN Speech

“We have been working hard … to correct past injustices and bring about a better quality of life for indigenous peoples in Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

“Though this path is uncharted, I am confident that we will reach a place of reconciliation,” Trudeau later added.

Trudeau promised to move forward with a review of federal laws and policy, and to support indigenous self-determination.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

“We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence. We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state,” Aung San Suu Kyi added, without putting forth any concrete solutions to stop ethnic killings.

Suu Kyi has faced harsh international criticism amid several reports about systematic attacks by the Myanmar military and majority Buddhists against the persecuted Muslim community.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

“Churches are free to marry whoever they like,” Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday in Canberra according to a press conference transcript.

“As strongly as I believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry … Religious freedom is fundamental and it will be protected in any bill that emerges from this Parliament.”

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TUNISIA POLITICS: Tunisian Women Win Freedom to Marry Non-Muslims

TUNISIA POLITICS: Tunisian Women Win Freedom to Marry Non-Muslims

The new law comes after President Essebsi pushed for the lifting of the marriage restriction law that was put in place in 1973. He said in a speech last month, during celebrations of the National Women’s day, that the marriage law was “an obstacle to the freedom of choice of the spouse”. The restriction was also seen as violating Tunisia’s constitution which was adopted in 2014 in the wake of the Arab Spring revolution.

Tunisia, which is 99% Muslim, is viewed as one of the most progressive Arab countries in terms of women’s rights.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: UN Seeks ‘Massive’ Help for Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

MYANMAR POLITICS: UN Seeks ‘Massive’ Help for Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

“We urge the international community to step up humanitarian support and come up with help,” Mohammed Abdiker, director of operations and emergencies for the International Organisation for Migration, told a news conference in the Bangladeshi capital. The need was “massive”, he added.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday urged Myanmar to end the violence, which he said was best described as ethnic cleansing.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar’s Regime is US Puppet: Iran’s Senior Adviser to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar’s Regime is US Puppet: Iran’s Senior Adviser to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

“Myanmar’s regime is a US puppet,” Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, said on Thursday.

“A person, who has unfairly received the Nobel Peace Prize, is today taking these measures, but Muslim societies won’t be silent and will curb this dictatorial regime through international bodies,” he added.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Silence on Myanmar Ethnic Cleansing on Rohingya Muslims

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Silence on Myanmar Ethnic Cleansing on Rohingya Muslims

Once lauded by the international community for standing up to the Myanmar military, Ms Suu Kyi has been sharply criticised around the world for her failure to condemn brutal attacks on her country’s Muslim minority now she is the effective leader.

“Yes, they condemn it, issue statements, but what good does it do? They should take action. This marks the death of the Nobel Peace Prize,” Mr Khamenei said.

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CANADA POLITICS: Hundreds of Migrants Deported to War-Torn Countries: Government Data

CANADA POLITICS: Hundreds of Migrants Deported to War-Torn Countries: Government Data

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government has maintained consistency on the issue of asylum-seekers.

“Canada welcomes immigrants… that said, there are laws and processes in place for people seeking asylum and our government is sending a clear message,” the spokesman said last month.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar Violence a ‘Textbook’ Example of Ethnic Cleansing: UN

MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar Violence a ‘Textbook’ Example of Ethnic Cleansing: UN

“We have received multiple reports and satellite imagery of security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages, and consistent accounts of extrajudicial killings, including shooting fleeing civilians,” Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein’s comments to the United Nations Human Rights Council said.

“I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population,” he added.

“The situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

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MALAYSIA POLITICS: Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar Face Systematic Atrocities: Najib Razak Malaysian PM

MALAYSIA POLITICS: Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar Face Systematic Atrocities: Najib Razak Malaysian PM

“Actually, it is done in a planned manner so that they are tortured, discriminated, killed and raped,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said.

The UN has already described Rohingya Muslims as the “most persecuted minority group in the world.”

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USA POLITICS: DACA in Jeopardy

USA POLITICS: DACA in Jeopardy

President Trump said his agencies would only target DACA recipients who commit crimes.

“Our enforcement priorities remain unchanged. We are focused on criminals, security threats, recent border crossers, visa overstays and repeat violators,” Trump said in a statement. “I have advised the Department of Homeland Security that DACA recipients are not enforcement priorities unless they are criminals, are involved in criminal activity or are members of a gang.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to Allow More Pacific Islands Workers, Patrol Fisheries: Malcolm Turnbull

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to Allow More Pacific Islands Workers, Patrol Fisheries: Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signed an agreement to allow 2,000 Islanders to work in rural areas over the next three years, adding to an existing seasonal worker program which supplies agricultural labor.

The micro-nations of Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu will have first access to the scheme, which will allow workers to engage in non-farm work such as care of the elderly.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Court Obligates Australia to Pay Damages to Refugees

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Court Obligates Australia to Pay Damages to Refugees

Victoria State’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the Australian government had to award the litigants AUD 70 million (USD 56 million) for detaining them illegally and mistreating them. The filing of the legal complaint marked the largest human rights class action settlement involving Australia.

Rory Walsh of the law firm said, “These detainees came to Australia seeking refuge, compassion and protection, which were all denied to them by successive Commonwealth governments.”

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USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Officially Scraps DACA

USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Officially Scraps DACA

Obama bypassed Congress and created DACA through an executive order. Trump appeared determined to pressure U.S. lawmakers to act.

“Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” the president wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning before the policy announcement was made.

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AFRICA POLITICS: United States to Stop Issuing Visas to Citizens From Eritrea, Guinea, Sierra Leone

AFRICA POLITICS: United States to Stop Issuing Visas to Citizens From Eritrea, Guinea, Sierra Leone

“We follow a standard process to implement a visa suspension as expeditiously as possible in the manner the secretary determines most appropriate under the circumstances to achieve the desired goal. That process includes internal discussions with, and official notification to, affected countries,” a State Department official said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Federal Government to Launch Welfare Crackdown on Asylum Seekers

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Federal Government to Launch Welfare Crackdown on Asylum Seekers

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge said the crackdown was in line with the Government’s stance on immigration.

“We’ve got a very firm principle that anybody who arrives by boat will not be granted access and permanent residency in Australia” he told Sky.

“They came to Australia for a reason, that reason has now been accomplished and now they need to return.”
Government ‘making these people destitute’

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Frets Over Possible Huge Surge in Asylum-Seekers: Sources

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Frets Over Possible Huge Surge in Asylum-Seekers: Sources

Trudeau said Canada was enforcing immigration rules:

“We are an open and welcoming country because citizens have confidence in our immigration and refugee system and we have been able to continue to defend and protect the integrity of that system.”

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QATAR POLITICS: Qatar Enacts Law to Protect Foreign Domestic Workers

QATAR POLITICS: Qatar Enacts Law to Protect Foreign Domestic Workers

Like other wealthy Gulf Arab states, Qatar hosts tens of thousands of mostly female domestic workers, mostly from the Philippines, South Asia and East Africa. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have long complained that Gulf states do not properly regulate working conditions for low-income residents helping tend homes or toiling at omnipresent construction sites.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Villagers Blockaded Amid Tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine: Residents

MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Villagers Blockaded Amid Tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine: Residents

Police said Rakhine Buddhist villagers were restricting the amount of food the Rohingya could buy, but denied their movement around the village and access to work had been blocked.

“I think they are just afraid and aren’t going out,” said Myanmar police headquarters spokesman Colonel Myo Thu Soe.

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IRAQ POLTICS: UN Aid Workers Urge Safe Passage for Civilians Fleeing Northern Iraq Ahead of Battle

IRAQ POLTICS: UN Aid Workers Urge Safe Passage for Civilians Fleeing Northern Iraq Ahead of Battle

Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told journalists in Geneva about the ongoing operations to retake the city. “We fear that Iraqi civilians are likely to be held as human shields again and that attempts to flee could result in executions/shootings. Many talk of seeing dead bodies along the way, and there are reports that some were killed by extremist groups. Others appear to have died due to dehydration or illnesses.

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