Australia’s aid to poor people overseas should be quarantined from further cuts in this year’s budget, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
Last week’s massacre in Kenya and the ongoing brutality of Islamic State highlight just how dangerous life is for many Christians and other religious minorities, including Shia Muslims.
As IS burst out of Syria into Iraq forcing Christians and other minorities to convert, flee or die there was a surge of solidarity by Australian Christians.
A Greens’ push to quash peaceful political protest is hypocritical and Orwellian according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the ACT Greens happily support law-breaking activity such as slashing CSIRO trial crops with whipper snippers but want to make it illegal for people to quietly pray outside an abortion clinic on public property.
The United Nations is currently conducting a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of 42 countries, Australia being one.
Together with Family Voice Australia and the Wilberforce Foundation, ACL has made a joint NGO submission to the UPR.
Read the submission here.
The Nordic model has two main goals: to curb the demand for commercial sex that fuels sex trafficking, and promote equality between men and women. It is based on an approach first adopted in Sweden in 1999, and followed by Norway and Iceland.
...a part of a Violence Against Women bill, Sweden passed a law that criminalized buyers of sex, while decriminalizing the person who sold, or was sold for, sex. Sweden understood that gender inequality and sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, could not be combated effectively as long as it was considered acceptable to purchase access to another – often more vulnerable and disadvantaged – person’s body. Alongside this law, the Swedish government made a significant investment in exit programs for those who wish to leave prostitution and to provide comprehensive social services for victims of exploitation, which is essential for a victim-centred, human rights-based approach to combating trafficking.
Several countries have followed Sweden’s example, and many more are considering this approach. Norway and Iceland passed similar laws in 2008 and 2009, respectively, while in a growing trend sweeping across Europe, Nordic-model style legislation has recently been discussed in the parliaments of France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England and Wales. In early 2014, the parliaments of the European Union and the Council of Europe both adopted non-binding resolutions recommending member states to consider the Nordic Model.
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Sudan's appeals court this week began considering the case of Meriam Ibrahim who is sentenced to death for the alleged crime of apostasy, The Independent newspaper has reported.
The appeal petition argues that there were "procedural errors" during Meriam's trial which would thereby warrant her release.
If the appeals court upholds the original conviction, Meriam will receive 100 lashes for adultery after the court refused to recognise her marriage to a Christian man and be subject to death by hanging for apostasy.
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop last week announced Australia's condemnation of the sentencing and said she'd instructed Australia'a Ambassador to Sudan to raise the case with the Sudanese government.
Over one million people worldwide have called for Meriam's release. Christian and human rights organisations around the world have collected hundreds and thousands of signatures in pursuit of this.
Last month, the 27-year-old gave birth to a baby girl in a prison clinic. She is currently imprisoned with both her daughter and 20-month-old son.
Sudan outlaws apostasy in 1991 yet Amnesty International reports that to-date, no one have been executed for the 'crime'…all have recanted their faith.
Meriam is the first person to refuse to recant.
Please keep Meriam, her husband Daniel and their family in your prayers.
Nothing in part 3 applies to discrimination by a person against another person if the discrimination is necessary for the first person to comply with the person’s genuine religious beliefs or principles
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