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The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) Sunday announced that the group has suspended its review of prison in Australia because delegates were unable to adequately visit facilities. The visit was conducted under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture & other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), ratified by [...]

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The Qatar Preventive Security Department arbitrarily arrests and abuses LGBTQ people, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. Between 2019 and 2022, reporters found six cases of “severe and repeated beatings” and five cases of sexual harassment of people in custody. HRW interviewed six Qataris who were held “in an underground prison in Al Dafneh, Doha” [...]

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US, UK and Australian government bodies Sunday warned of an increased risk of terrorist attacks in Nigeria, particularly in capital city Abuja. The governments advised travellers against non-essential travel to the nation. The US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria released a statement, explaining that “targets may include, but are not limited to, government buildings, places [...]

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Australia Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler Tuesday announced an investigation into the nation’s Medicare system after a joint investigation by expert Margaret Faux, the Australia Broadcasting Corporation, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age alleged that an estimated $8 billion AUD ($5.031 billion USD) is misspent each year. Butler suggested that Faux’s [...]

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The Australian government Sunday released the “National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022–2032,” (National Plan) outlining steps to end these forms of violence within one generation. The National Plan was unveiled by the Minster for Social Services, Amanda Rishworth MP and the Minster for Finance, Women and Public Service, and Senator Katy Gallagher. The purpose of [...]

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Filipino lawyers organization National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) Sunday alleged that 59 lawyers were killed in the course of their work under former President Rodrigo Duterte’s rule. NUPL recorded a total 117 attacks against lawyers during Duterte’s term. On October 15 and 16, NUPL held their Sixth National Congress, hosting more than 70 lawyers, [...]

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Two Australian regulatory bodies Tuesday announced formal investigations into the “cyberattack” security breach of the private information of 9.8 million Singtel Optus Pty Limited, Optus Mobile Pty Ltd and Optus Internet Pty Ltd (Optus) customers. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) released a statement that it has commenced an investigation into whether Optus took [...]

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Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Sunday encouraged stakeholders in Haiti to put aside differences and to prioritize saving lives. The Secretary-General responded to UN Security Council Resolution 2645 by submitting a letter to the Security Council outlining “options for enhanced security support to Haiti.” Resolution 2645 asked, among other requests, for the Secretary-General [...]

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The US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Friday told Congress that it has not received all the documents required from the Trump Administration under the Presidential Records Act. On September 13 the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform wrote to the NARA and expressed concerns that unreturned confidential documents could pose a [...]

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Australian veteran Damien de Pyle Monday alleged that an Australian Federal Defense (ADF) conduct after capture training module left him and other soldiers with PTSD. Conduct after capture, previously known as resistance to interrogation, training is described by ADF to prepare personnel “to understand the rigors of captivity and exploitation while surviving the capture situation with dignity.” [...]

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