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Amnesty International - Friday, February 26, 2021
Eritrean troops committed a likely crime against humanity in Ethiopia's Tigray region when they systematically killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in the northern city of Axum on 28-29 November 2020. (Full Story)
By James B. Dorey, PhD Candidate, Flinders University
It’s not often you get to cast your eyes on a creature feared to be long-gone.

Perhaps that’s why my recent rediscovery of the native bee species Pharohylaeus lactiferus is so exciting — especially after it spent a century eluding researchers.

But how did it stay out of sight for so long?

A creature overshadowed

Australia is home to 1654 named species of native bee. Unfortunately, these are often… (Full Story)

By Richard Bryant, Professor & Director of Traumatic Stress Clinic, UNSW
Financial hardships in particular are likely to lead to ongoing mental health problems, even as the pandemic subsides. Our program could help many people whose mental health has suffered during COVID. (Full Story)
By Nathalie Collins, Academic Director (National Programs), Edith Cowan University
Jeff Volkheimer, Director, Collaborative Services, Duke Health, Duke University
Paul Haskell-Dowland, Associate Dean (Computing and Security), Edith Cowan University
If you're reluctant to share your password, or broadcast a team password in Slack in a groupchat, your instincts are correct. But mocking those who 'do the wrong thing' is unlikely to help. (Full Story)
By Noir Primadona Purba, Lecturer and Marine Reseacher, Universitas Padjadjaran
Kirana Agustina, Engagement Specialist for National Plastic Action Partnership, World Resources Institute
The countries of the ASEAN region have important roles to play in tackling the global problem of marine plastic waste. (Full Story)
By Dominic O'Sullivan, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology and Professor of Political Science, Charles Sturt University
Recognition is about sovereignty, or how political authority is distributed. It can be transformative — not merely a symbolic step. (Full Story)
By Geoff Hanmer, Adjunct Professor of Architecture, University of Adelaide
World-leading university campus developments overseas call into question plans for CBD-based campuses in Australia. They might be good for CBD development, but what about the universities themselves? (Full Story)
By Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra
University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Paddy Nixon discuss the week in politics.

This week Michelle and Paddy discuss the continued probe into the culture of the government and parliament house, Craig Kelly’s future following his departure from the LNP, Linda Reynold’s future in light of the Brittany Higgins alllegations and her hospital visit, as well as the beginning of the coronavirus vaccine rollout and the government’s new JobSeeker payment. (Full Story)

By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image People gather in front of the Razi Hospital in Saravan where those injured in the shooting of February 22, 2021 were believed to be taken. © 2021 Private (Beirut) – Iranian authorities should transparently investigate alleged government security forces’ use of excessive force in Sistan and Baluchistan province on February 22, 2021, Human Rights Watch said today. At least 10 Baluchi people were killed in the Saravan border area near Pakistan, local activists said. The Baluchi Activists Campaign, a website reporting on human rights violations in the area, reported… (Full Story)
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image LGBT Rainbow Flag © 2008 Ludovic Berton (Wikimedia Commons) Malaysia’s Federal Court on February 25 ruled that a state law banning consensual same-sex conduct was unconstitutional. While the ruling leaves intact a federal statute criminalizing same-sex relations, it does bring relief to those who have faced persecution from religious enforcement agencies enforcing such state laws. The case arises from a 2018 raid on a private residence in Selangor, in which state religious enforcement officials arrested 11 men on charges of “attempting” gay sex, under section 28… (Full Story)
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