Author: Mohamed Ainullah

MEFF 2018 highlights global human rights violations

With the tradition of setting up a theme every year, MEFF 2018 theme was “Concern for Global Human Rights Violations” highlighting case studies in Myanmar, China, Gaza, Kashmir as well as drawing attention to the poor treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in the West. Mr Zia Ahmad Editor-in-Chief of AMUST, the Australasian Muslim Times and Trustee of Islamic Foundation for Education and Welfare and Australian MEFF Consortium, while introducing the theme for MEFF 2018 said, “Historically, Western countries in general and the US in particular including Australia have been in the forefront of protection of  Human Rights for all people. However,...

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UN calls for probe into Kashmir rights violations

The UN human rights chief has called for an international investigation into abuses in Kashmir, as his office released its first-ever report towards the end of June on alleged rights violations committed by both India and Pakistan in the disputed territory. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he would urge the Human Rights Council, which opens a new session next week, “to consider establishing a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir”. “Alleged sites of mass graves in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region should be investigated,” he...

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Standing #WithRefugees during the refugee week

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams hosted an event at Parliament House on Thursday 21 June to celebrate the contribution of refugees to NSW during Refugee Week. This year’s theme encourages all Australians to stand #WithRefugees, to ensure people who are forced to flee from their homes can live with dignity and hope. Mr Williams said the NSW Government is proud to support more than 15,000 refugees who have fled persecution and their homes to start a new life in NSW over the past two years. “Refugee Week is a significant time for us to stand together in unity and...

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UN chief: Gaza ‘on brink of war’

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the “most serious escalation” of violence in the Gaza Strip places the besieged enclave on the “brink of war”, urging Israel and Hamas to recommit to a 2014 ceasefire. The UN chief said in a report obtained by news agencies that he is “shocked” by Israel’s use of live fire since border protests began in Gaza on 30 March. Guterres said its military has “a responsibility to exercise maximum restraint” except as a last resort. The report was sent to the council  in advance of a meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “The...

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Video series celebrates cancer survivorship in Muslim communities

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD), in partnership with the Sisters’ Cancer Support Group and Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra, recently launched a series of four videos celebrating cancer survivorship aimed at multicultural Muslim communities. Part of Project SAHA, which stands for Survivorship, Access, Healthy Living and Awareness, the short videos feature four women, each reflecting on their personal journey of diagnosis, treatment and living with cancer. ISLHD Multicultural Health Service Manager, Leissa Pitts said the District identified the benefit of providing cancer information to the multicultural Muslim community using a new approach. “The powerful Celebrating Cancer Survivorship videos...

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