John Bartlett explores the conflicts of being homosexual and religious, reflecting on his own experiences, as well as the perspectives of a gay Muslim man, an Imam and a Catholic theologian.
Are you “Australian enough?” Fed up with that question, and what it implies, Yasmin Hassen writes an open letter to Australia.
By Maya Borom. Mira Nair’s film adaptation of Pakistani author Moshin Hamid’s bookof the same name provides a delicate introspection into protagonist Changez’s (Riz Ahmed) struggle with his western consumerist driven identity and his eastern cultural, religious and familial background. This struggle is told as a first person narrative to investigative journalist Bobby Lincoln who […]
By Melissa Reid. This article is a response to Love Free or Die, a film screened at the Human Rights Art and Film Festival 2013. Read more of Right Now‘s HRAFF coverage here. “We are not yet at a place in this country [the United States of America]) where we believe the full and equal […]
What do a conservative leader and a radical feminist have in common? More than we would have guessed, it seems.
Muslim women don’t have to choose between their religious identity and their Australian identity, they are in a position to embrace both.
By Amna K-Hassan This article is part of our March theme, Sport and Human Rights. It’s also part of a series of articles looking specifically at the role of women in sport. “Football doesn’t build character, it reveals it.” This was the inscription on the medallion given to every player at the end of our […]
Having focused on the plight of asylum seekers to begin 2013, in February (overflowing into March) Right Now focused on the theme of religion and human rights. To start with, it’s worth noting the connection between the two themes beginning 2013: most people seeking asylum in Australia are fleeing countries in which they are persecuted […]
By Hsin-Yi Lo. This article is part of our February 2013 focus on Religion and Human Rights. Article 18, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in […]
By Reynah Tang. This article is part of our February 2013 focus on Religion and Human Rights. Together with the Law Council of Australia, the Law Institute of Victoria strongly supports the consolidation of Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws. The enactment of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 [Bill] should create a more consistent, efficient and effective regime […]
By Dr Jason Taliadoros. This article is part of our February 2013 focus on Religion and Human Rights. To readers of this journal, and perhaps for most people, the terms “human rights” and “religion” on the one hand and “human rights” and “pre-modernity” on the other, could be described as oxymorons rather than as companions. I would […]
By Liz Jakimow. This article is part of our February 2013 focus on Religion and Human Rights. A new bill by the Australian Labor Party will give religious organisations in Australia the right to discriminate against those who might cause “injury to the religious sensitivities of adherents of that religion.” It seems that the press wanted to present […]