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Compassion and Human Rights For Asylum Seekers

Published November 2, 2012 by melissamaree

Human Rights

A refugee woman and her child in a Tunisian Transit Camp © UNHCR / A. Braithwaite

Human Rights law is very, very clear when it states that seeking asylum is a Human Right.

Australia has signed the Refugee Convention, The United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees was developed for the purpose of setting out the rights of asylum seekers and the responsibilities of nations that grant asylum to refugees. The convention states that seeking asylum is a human right and that a refugee has the right to be free from penalties related to their illegal entry into the country that provides asylum

Australia has been avoiding it’s responsibilities and its promise to uphold Human Rights law by exploiting a loophole. This loophole is called excision, excision seriously violates a person’s right to seek asylum. This very confusing and strange loophole allows Australia to pretend that Australian Territory is not really Australian territory … sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?? That’s because it is ridiculous. This tactic has been employed for the sole purpose of avoiding responsibility. People are dying because of Australias unwillingness to honor the promise that they made when they signed the convention. Is this how we want to be represented? As hypocrites who do not keep our promises?? Seems pretty unAustralian to me.

These are dark days indeed. Where is compassion when people are suffering, dying and being forced to sell everything they own so they can seek asylum only to find that Australians are employing underhanded tactics that are compassionless and hateful? Shame on us if we can’t protect the weak when they come to us in need !!

 

You can read more about the Refugee Convention and it’s violation on the dedicated Amnesty International page  here >>> Human Rights

The Truth About Feminism ~ You Can’t Hide From The Truth

Published October 31, 2012 by melissamaree

The Truth About Feminism

The Truth About Feminism

The myths are everywhere .. even the mention of the words feminism or feminist can sometimes be enough to inspire both men and women to start spouting cliched “man hater” or “bra burning” comments that are irrelevant and represent only the ignorance of the speaker. The truth about feminismis that is exists, and it exists for the purpose of combating discrimination that affects you. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you live … sexism does affect you. Yes, discrimination against women affects you if you are a male … if you have a mother, a sister, a daughter, a girlfriend or a wife then you are affected.

The truth about feminism is that people want to pretend that it is unnecessary, they want to close their eyes and say “hey, this is a thing of the past .. women are not discriminated against in this day and age” the sad fact is, that you can close your eyes and say that as many times as you like but that will not make it true. I have heard all the dismissive comments about how women should stop whinging because we already get equal pay etc etc, first of all no we do not get equal pay. Just because you work with a woman who is paid the same amount as you you assume that women all over the world are treated as equals? The “equal pay” comments seem to be a favorite way for some men to degrade the principles and the need for feminism in general.

The truth about feminism is that feminists believe all people deserve equal rights and respect. Women are MUCH more likely to be the victims of violent crime than men are, women are often blamed for the crimes that are committed against them, if you have women in your life that you love do you really want this to continue? In many countries around the world women are punished simply because of the facet that they are women and as such are considered to be lesser human beings. If you would be outraged to see your mother or sister whipped or punished for speaking her mind or raped and then punished because the rape is said to be her own fault, then open your eyes because this is already happening … feminists who fight to prevent these kinds of injustices are fighting for you! This is just the tip of the iceberg .. unfair treatment of wome has been happening for hundreds of years and it extend to almost every aspect of society.

The Truth About Feminism is that it is real and you need it.

Higher Penalties For Those Who Assault The Elderly

Published October 28, 2012 by melissamaree

JUSTICE FOR THE ELDERLY

It is absolutely unacceptable that crimes against the elderly mean that they have cause to be fearful in their own homes or anywhere else. Crimes against those who cannot protect themselves are committed by weak people who are a danger to society and the penalties should reflect this. I was absolutely outraged this morning to read of yet another assault on an elderly person > here.

Violence is disgusting in all of its forms, what kind of world is this when a 72 year old woman is injured in her own home? We need to take a stand and make it known that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated! Preying on the vulnerable in this way is a sick, sick act that should be reacted to accordingly.

Have we become so complacent and so desensitised to hearing these kinds of stories that we have simply learnt not to react? The reactions to news report about crimes of this nature are of course expressions of disgust. It seems though that we are not reacting as strongly as we should be. Next time you see a report like this … ask yourself, if this was my Grandmother would I turn the page and keep reading? Or would I swear to seek justice no matter what the cost? Crimes against the elderly must be stopped!