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ASEAN Human Rights Declaration: a step forward or a slide backwards?

ASEAN Human Rights Declaration: a step forward or a slide backwards? | Human Rights for the HSC | Scoop.it
One of the outcomes of the 21st Summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Phnom Penh, was the adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration by the ten member states.
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ICC: Push Justice Forward | Human Rights Watch

ICC: Push Justice Forward | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights for the HSC | Scoop.it
(The Hague) – Member countries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at their annual meeting should redouble support for the court as it enters its second decade, Human Rights Watch said today.

 

1. What does Human Rights Watch think the ICC should do?

2. Identify two ways the ICC can do a better job according to Human Rights Watch.

2. How is the ICC's jurisdiction triggered? (third paragraph under the heading 'Background')

 

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Rape as a weapon of war: what the law can do

Rape as a weapon of war: what the law can do | Human Rights for the HSC | Scoop.it

An article reflecting on the effectiveness of the International Criminal Court in dealing with the use of rape as a weapon of war.

 

Questions

 

1. What is the legal response mentioned to deal with rape as a weapon of war?

 

2. Summarise TWO limitations of the legal responses?

 

3. Read the following quote from the article:

 

'Since it is possible for the ICC to promote better domestic prosecutions, it can also, and should, encourage domestic accountability for sexual violence crimes.'

 

How is the concept of state sovereignty relevant to the ICC and 'domestic prosecutions'?

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Megan Wakeley's curator insight, July 2, 2013 6:29 PM

Effectiveness of ICC

Megan Wakeley's curator insight, July 2, 2013 6:29 PM

Effectiveness of ICC

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10 Years Fighting Impunity - International Criminal Court

10 Years Fighting Impunity - International Criminal Court | Human Rights for the HSC | Scoop.it

Ten years ago, on 1 July 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened its doors, marking an historic milestone towards ending impunity. Today it is a fully functional institution supported by 121 States Parties, with 20 warrants of arrest issued, 15 cases, and seven ongoing investigations.

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Six issues missing from the asylum seeker debate

Six issues missing from the asylum seeker debate | Human Rights for the HSC | Scoop.it
When asylum seekers die at sea there are too many things we don’t want to talk about.Following the news of another asylum boat capsizing yesterday, at 2pm the federal Parliament began with a sombre and…...
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Detained man could still go elsewhere, court told

Detained man could still go elsewhere, court told | Human Rights for the HSC | Scoop.it

THE continued detention of a Sri Lankan refugee deemed a security threat by ASIO was justified because it was too early to conclude that no other country would take him, the High Court was told yesterday.

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High Court affirms importance and validity of Victorian Charter of Human Rights (8 Sept 2011)

By a majority of 6-1, the Court held that s 32(1) of the Charter, which requires that Victorian legislation be interpreted consistently with human rights, is an ordinary principle of statutory interpretation that does not empower the courts to radically re-interpret legislation or subvert parliament’s intent. According to Phil Lynch of the Human Rights Law Centre, which made submissions to the High Court in the matter, “The Court has affirmed that, consistent with the rule of law, the judiciary has an important role to play in upholding human rights. Far from being undemocratic, an independent judiciary which is empowered to interpret laws to protect rights and freedoms is a fundamental feature of our liberal democracy.”

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Victory in sight for revolution over female genital mutilation

Amid the horrors surrounding female genital mutilation (FGM) there is a quiet revolution, which experts hope could lead to the eradication of the practice.
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UN expresses concern as ASEAN considers its first human rights declaration - JURIST - Paper Chase

UN expresses concern as ASEAN considers its first human rights declaration - JURIST - Paper Chase | Human Rights for the HSC | Scoop.it

"The UN experts and others have expressed reservations that the declaration as drafted lacks protection for fundamental human rights and that it leaves many provisions contingent upon domestic laws of its member nations."

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JURIST - Paper Chase: UN elects 18 members including US to serve on rights council

JURIST - Paper Chase: UN elects 18 members including US to serve on rights council | Human Rights for the HSC | Scoop.it

The UN General Assembly elects 18 members including US to serve on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

 

1. Go to the UNHRC website: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/AboutCouncil.aspx

2. What role does the UNHRC play in promoting human rights internationally?

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Women 'trafficked for sex' in Queensland's booming mining towns

VULNERABLE young women from southeast Asia are increasingly being trafficked for sex in Queensland's booming mining towns, police say.
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Paralysis in Parliament

Paralysis in Parliament | Human Rights for the HSC | Scoop.it
THE Federal Parliament is stuck in an entrenched state of paralysis over asylum seeker policy after hours of emergency debate prompted by another tragedy at sea failed to bring the government and the opposition together on offshore processing.

Despite the House of Representatives passing a compromise bill last night to allow the processing of refugees in Malaysia and Nauru for up to 12 months, the bill will fail in the upper house.

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Australia must do better at protecting children's rights - The Conversation

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Australia's unhealthy fear of boat people

Australia's unhealthy fear of boat people | Human Rights for the HSC | Scoop.it
Saman Shad: There's widespread anxiety about boat people, but few migrants arrive this way.
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Premier's liberal halo has slipped

Mr Baillieu's commitment to the Human Rights Charter is also in question: this weekend state cabinet is expected to decide whether to accept recommendations by Parliament's Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC) that would effectively neuter the charter by removing any role for the courts in protecting the rights of Victorians.

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Iranian human rights lawyer jailed for 18 years

Iranian human rights lawyer jailed for 18 years | Human Rights for the HSC | Scoop.it
Abdolfattah Soltani found guilty of spreading anti-government propaganda and sent to remote prison, says daughter...
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The Risks of Taking Your Electronic Devices Abroad

Should governments have the right to confiscate and inspect the data on digital devices such as laptop computers, mp3 players and other personal devices? 

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