Human Rights Watch report card gives Australia a fail for offshore detention

By  and
Published January 12, 2017
Source: The Guardian

Papua New Guinea and Australia must move swiftly to close the Manus Island detention centre, nine months after the PNG supreme court ruled it illegal and unconstitutional, Human Rights Watch has said.

Human Rights Watch released its annual report card on more than 90 countries on Friday, assessing the state of human rights in individual nations, including progress made on specific issues including women’s health and safety, police brutality, and legislative protection of human rights.

Globally, HRW’s executive director, Kenneth Roth, argues in the report, fundamental human rights are under threat from a “new generation of authoritarian populists” who regard rights not as a check on official power but as a barrier to the will of the majority.

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The Lebanese Nationality Law That Leaves Children Stateless

By Christine Chamoun
Published January 11, 2017
Source: Open Society Foundations

After fleeing Lebanon’s civil war in 1987, I moved to Sweden, where I spent most of my adolescent life before moving to other countries for my studies and work. It wasn’t until the age of 31 that I found out I would not be able to pass on my Lebanese nationality to my future children—not because I no longer live in Lebanon, but because I am a woman.

Article One of the Lebanese nationality law is very clear: A child is deemed Lebanese if the child is born of a Lebanese father. In other words, the law allows Lebanese men to pass on their nationality to their children and to their non-Lebanese wives, but denies Lebanese women the right to give their nationality to their own children if their husbands are not Lebanese.

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