Julian Bond. Photo: Jack Plunkett/Corbis Julian Bond, one of the giants of the civil-rights movement, has died at the age of 75, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Bond was one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the most influential organizations of the civil-rights era, and his service to the country later continued as a legislator, writer, lecturer, commentator, and lifelong activist for minority rights. Following his role on the front lines of the 1960s civil-rights demonstrations, Bond also became a prominent opponent of the Vietnam War, was one of the founders of the SPLC, and eventually led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Bond, whose great-grandmother endured slavery in Kentucky, was elected to the Georgia State Legislature in 1965, but his white peers initially blocked him from being seated. This led the Supreme Court, via a unanimous decision, to force his … [Read more...] about Civil-Rights Icon Julian Bond Has Died
© AFP 2019 / ANDREAS SOLARO 'Modern Slavery': Pope Francis Calls to Battle 'Plague' of Human TraffickingLONDON (Sputnik) – The Dubs scheme – named after its initiator, Lord Alfred Dubs, himself a former refugee – was enacted in May 2016 as an amendment to the UK Immigration Act 2016. The policy called for the UK secretary of state to "make arrangements to relocate to the United Kingdom a specified number of unaccompanied refugee children from other countries in Europe." The initiative was, however, ended by UK authorities in February, with Home Secretary Amber Rudd arguing that the scheme was serving to "encourage people traffickers." "The scraping of the Dubs scheme is a real mistake as it is gone and made refugee children again vulnerable to human traffickers. The government claimed the scheme was a 'pull factor for traffickers' but there is no evidence of that. … [Read more...] about Closure of UK Dubs Scheme Makes Refugee Minors Vulnerable to Human Trafficking
On Saturday night I was in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, performing at an Aids awareness concert. Some people might have preferred me not to come. Why? Because Ukraine, which waited so long for its own freedom, now threatens the freedom of gay people to express themselves in the most basic of ways – by taking part in a gay-pride parade or even speaking openly about homosexuality. Draft law number 8711, due to be debated by the Ukrainian parliament this week, would make it an offence to talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in the media. Even HIV advice to gay men could be banned. Some of the local activists I spoke to believe it would become illegal even to use the word "gay" in public. And the penalties are harsh – heavy fines or up to five years in prison. According to the UN, the law would amount to state-promoted discrimination and would violate a large number of rights protected under treaties signed by Ukraine. The threat to the LGBT … [Read more...] about Gay rights are human rights
A human rights partnership with China has been suspended after two decades amid the detention of Uighurs and the barring of two Australian politicians. The prime minister has labelled China's decision to ban two members of the Australian government from visiting the country 'very disappointing'. Scott Morrison said it was up to Chinese authorities to explain the move and defended the right of Liberal colleagues Andrew Hastie and James Paterson to speak out about human rights. A human rights partnership with China has been suspended after two decades amid the detention of Uighurs and the barring of two Australian politicians (pictured is James Paterson) Scott Morrison said it was up to Chinese authorities to explain the move and defended the right of Liberal colleagues Andrew Hastie (pictured) and James Paterson to speak out about human rights 'They were denied visas, which I think was very disappointing,' Mr Morrison told Adelaide radio FiveAA on Monday. 'The response by Senator … [Read more...] about Australia suspends human rights partnership with China over mass detention of Muslims and banning of politicians critical of Beijing
Should the Income-Tax Act have been simultaneously amended to exclude Sikhs and Jains from the definition of HUF once they were declared a minority by the government? Sanjeev Nayyar discusses the curious dichotomies in our laws. According to a Business Standard report of December 22, Decoding the business empire of the Badals, there exists a Badal HUF and Sukhbir Singh HUF with the latter being the largest shareholder in Metro Eco Green Resorts. The author wondered how the Badals, followers of Sikh religion, have a Hindu Undivided Family that as the name suggests should be applicable to Hindus only. After all, notwithstanding the very close social and cultural relations between Hindus and Sikhs, government and courts consider Sikhs to be a minority today. Therefore, can a non-Hindu community claim tax benefits under the provisions of Hindu Undivided Family? But first, what is an HUF? An HUF is a separate entity (person under section 2 (31) the Income-Tax Act). "Under Hindu Law an HUF … [Read more...] about How are ‘minorities’ allowed tax benefits under HUF?