Author: Ainullah

Turkey reverses headscarf ban

A ban on female army officers in Turkey wearing the Muslim headscarf has been lifted by the government in February 2017. Over the past decade the ban has been removed for schools, universities, the civil service and in August for the police. In 2010, Turkey’s universities abandoned an official ban on Muslim headscarves. Three years later, women were allowed to wear headscarves in state institutions – with the exception of the judiciary, military and police. That year, four MPs wore headscarves in parliament A ban on policewomen wearing the Islamic headscarf was lifted in 2016 Wearing headscarves in public...

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FECCA expresses concerns over discretionary powers on immigration

The Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia, FECCA opposes any proposal to allow for broad, discretionary ministerial powers to review, restrict or cancel visas for people based on membership of a particular community. Chairperson of FECCA, Joe Caputo said: ‘The expansion of ministerial discretion to allow a visa to be refused or revoked on the basis of nationality or residency threatens the integrity of our immigration system.’ FECCA is concerned about the powers to be granted to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection in proposed amendments to the Migration Act that allow the minister to “identify any group of people based on a shared common characteristic or circumstance,” and review their visa...

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Threat of four famines

Oxfam is warning an unprecedented four famines could be declared in 2017, in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen, due to a catastrophic failure by the global community to uphold its obligations to the most vulnerable of people. Oxfam is calling on donors, including the Australian Government, to take immediate action to help up to 20 million people now at risk of starvation. In Somalia, 2.9 million people face acute food security ‘crisis’ and ‘emergency’ levels. This could tip into famine if the April-June rains fail, their ability to buy food declines and people do not receive humanitarian support. In Nigeria, over 5 million people are in food crisis, and this is projected to reach 5.7 million by June 2017. There is a strong likelihood that at least 400,000 people could already be experiencing famine-like conditions and that this could rise to up to 800,000 over the course of 2017 if humanitarian assistance cannot be delivered. In South Sudan, 100,000 people are facing starvation now and a further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine in Unity State. In Yemen, over 7 million people are just one step away from famine, and an extra 10 million people are severely hungry. This is largest hunger emergency in the world. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is reporting that wheat stocks for the country will...

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Intimidation at Indian Universities by nationalists

On Monday 27 February Students in Delhi protested at the city’s police headquarters after attacks at Delhi University campus carried out by nationalist student group ABVP, an affiliate of the far-right Hindu organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), that is inked to Prime Minister Modi’s BJP party Amnesty International India said there was a “growing threat to freedom of expression on Indian university campuses”. “Universities are supposed to be safe spaces for debate and discussion. But the events at Ramjas College are a shameful reminder of how intimidation and threats continue to restrict free speech on university campuses,” Aakar Patel,...

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Bernardi and Christensen support Q Society

Two of the ruling coalition backbenchers Senator Cory Bernardi and MP George Christensen will be attending fundraising dinners for anti-Islam group, Q Society to be held on 9 February in Sydney and 10 February in Melbourne. Other guests to attend include “Angry” Anderson, cartoonist Larry Pickering and writer Gabrielle Lord. The events will raise money for the Q Society to fight a defamation case brought against the organisation and two of its members by Mohammed El-Mouelhy, the head of the Halal Certification Authority. The Q Society has been actively opposing building of mosque and continues to actively engage in vilification of Islam and demonisation of...

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