Over forty Australian civil society organisations have warned that hate speech could go unpunished under proposed Freedom of Speech legislation, amidst concerns that journalists and whistle-blowers may face prison terms for reporting on sensitive national security issues.
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Former prime minister Paul Keating has strongly criticised incoming US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, accusing the Republican cabinet nominee of threatening to "threatens to involve Australia in war with China".
In a statement released to reporters today, Mr Keating said the Australian government should reject Tillerson's position that China needed to be sent a "signal" to cease construction of military outposts on small islands in the disputed waters, characterising his comments as "ludicrous".
NEW YORK, N.Y. (ICAN) — The United Nations General Assembly today approved a historic resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The vote follows a decision on 27 October by the General Assembly’s First Committee – which deals with disarmament and international security matters – to begin work on the new treaty despite fervent opposition from some nuclear-armed nations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Iraqtribunal.org) — Over 80 people have testified in a Peoples Tribunal intended to identify and prosecute those responsible for the Iraq War. Organised by peace organisations, the two-day event was supported by several public figures including Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn, Danny Glover, Viggo Mortensenn and Dennis Kucinich.
In this testimony, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairéad Corrigan describes the deception behind the 2003 Iraq War
The international body representing peace organisations has criticised the United States for its continued economic blockade of Cuba, following the passing of the 25th resolution in the UN General Assembly condemning the policy.
World Peace Council secretary-general Socorro Gomes said the blockade, in place since 1962, was "criminal" and "imperialistic".
Over fifty Australian civil society organisations have called on Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to support UN negotiations to outlaw nuclear weapons.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— A coalition of NGOs and public figures, including Ramsey Clark, Cindy Sheehan and John Kiriakou, have signed a petition calling on the United States to withdraw its forces from Syria and lead a political settlement.
The Campaign for International Co-operation and Disarmament is a supporter of the campaign, and encourages readers to sign the petition at handsoffsyria.org
A petition demanding that the US Air Force (USAF) be ejected from a base in Germany was presented to the German parliament today, following a campaign against drone strikes which gathered over 20,000 signatures.
This month marks 50 years since the establishment of the Joint Defense Space Research Facility at Pine Gap, near Alice Springs in the Australian Northern Territory. As one of the most important US bases in the world, this joint project of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA) plays a key role in mass surveillance of both military and civilian telecommunications worldwide.
Thousands of Australians have protested against the government's use of offshore detention camps to process illegal immigrants, with marches held across the capital cities this weekend.
The Refugee Action Collective reported that over 3000 people marched from the Sydney Town Hall to Circular Quay, while 2000 people assembled at the State Library in Melbourne.
Marches were also held in Brisbane, Newcastle, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and Ballina on Saturday, while protesters marched in Darwin on Sunday. Australian embassies in London and Tokyo were also picketed.
HIROSHIMA, JAPAN — Hundreds of leading humanitarian workers and peace activists have endorsed a global appeal by Japanese atomic bomb survivors at a conference held here on Sunday.
A sell-out crowd gathered at the Melbourne Unitarian Church on Sunday to honour the life achievements of photographer John Ellis, who covered the anti-war movement and other progressive political causes over a fifty year period.
Mr Ellis covered left-wing political movements around Australia and abroad, including the Vietnam Moratorium movement, the anti-uranium mining protests, Indigenous self-determination campaigns, and trade union activities. An exhibition showed key images shot during Mr Ellis' career, which in total spans over 20 000 images.
Melbourne commemorations for the 70th Anniversary of the United States nuclear attacks upon Japan, which concluded the Allies victory over Japan in the Second World War, began last night at Trades Hall in Carlton.
A delegation from China's largest peace organisation, the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD), met with Australasian peace movement representatives in Wellington on Tuesday.
CPAPD secretary general Mr Zhu Rui said that the visit would develop cooperation between the peace movements in the region and encourage the exchange of ideas.
"We are convinced that the upcoming visit will further promote the traditional friendship between the peoples of our two countries," he said.