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Australia PM to toughen citizenship laws to curtail terrorism
February 23, 2015
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday announced a plan to revoke and curb citizenship of Australians involved in terrorist activities. The proposal was made as a response to over a hundred Australian nationals who have traveled overseas to fight for the Islamic State (IS), finding themselv....... [more]

Egypt court orders release of Al Jazeera journalists
February 12, 2015
An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release on bail of two Al Jazeera journalists being retried on terror charges. Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy have spent more than 400 days in jail after a court found them guilty for falsifying news reports and associating with the Muslim Brotherhood. T....... [more]

Egypt sets retrial date for 2 Al Jazeera journalists
February 9, 2015
A lawyer for the one of the two Al Jazeera journalists currently jailed in Egypt said Sunday that a retrial has been scheduled for February 12. Earlier this month, Al Jazeera journalist and Australian national Peter Greste was released from prison and deported after serving 400 days in a Cairo deten....... [more]

Al Jazeera journalist released from Egypt prison
February 2, 2015
An Al Jazeera reporter was released from prison on Sunday and deported after serving 400 days in a Cairo detention facility. Al Jazeera journalist and Australian national Peter Greste was imprisoned in Egypt after receiving a seven-year sentence for crimes that include supporting terrorist organizat....... [more]

Australia High Court rules high seas detention of asylum seekers lawful
January 28, 2015
The High Court of Australia on Wednesday ruled that the off-shore detention of more than 150 ethnic Tamil refugees aboard an Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) vessel was lawful under the Maritime Powers Act of 2013. The case was brought by 157 Tamil refugees fleeing Sri Lanka....... [more]

US government admits former Guantanamo detainee wrongfully convicted: lawyer
January 23, 2015
A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says the US government admitted his conviction was incorrect and did not dispute Hicks' innocence. The US Court of Military Commission Review has not yet ruled on the appeal, but Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, believes they will overturn the con....... [more]

Egypt's highest court orders retrial for three Al Jazeera journalists
January 1, 2015
Egypt's Court of Cassation on Thursday, ordered a retrial for three Al Jazeera journalists jailed for falsifying news reports and associating with the Muslim Brotherhood. The three journalists are Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. Greste and Fahmy are both foreign nationals; Gre....... [more]

Australia parliament lifts ban on facial coverings
October 20, 2014
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially breac....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Tasmania not to adopt anti-protest bill
September 9, 2014
Three UN human rights experts urged the Australian state of Tasmania on Tuesday not to adopt legislation against protests that disrupt businesses. The experts expressed concern that the new law would silence legitimate and lawful protests. The government argues the proposed bill is necessary to prot....... [more]

Australia court upholds patent on human genetic material
September 9, 2014
The Federal court of Australia has upheld a ruling allowing US-based genetic testing company Myriad Genetics to retain its patent for genetic material (DNA and RNA) it has isolated from human cells. Patient advocacy group Cancer Voices Australia (CVA) appealed a February 2013 court ruling that appro....... [more]

Ex-Guantanamo detainee appeals conviction
August 21, 2014
Australian citizen David Hicks filed a motion to dismiss his conviction in the US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday after pleading guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan by northern alliance forces shortly after September 11, 2011....... [more]




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