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Manus Island refugee death unpreventable, inquest told

04 Apr 2024  |  dailyliberal.com.au
A Sudanese asylum seeker, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, died following a cardiac arrest at the Manus Island detention centre, and an inquest in Brisbane was told his death was unpreventable. Despite multiple medical consultations for various health issues during his three-year detention, expert evidence suggested that his sudden cardiac arrest could not have been anticipated or prevented. The inquest highlighted the challenges of medical evacuation from the remote location, which took 26 hours to transfer Mr Ahmed to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, where he died on Christmas Eve.

Australia ‘tarnished’ by its treatment of refugees and Indigenous people, says international human rights watchdog

04 Apr 2024  |  expressdigest.com
Human Rights Watch has criticized Australia for its treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, particularly highlighting the ongoing offshore detention regime. The report released by the group also addresses the systemic discrimination against Indigenous Australians, noting the high incarceration rates and deaths in custody, including a case of a 16-year-old boy. The group, which has received funding from George Soros, also commented on the defeat of the Indigenous Voice referendum and the lack of a human rights law in Australia. Other concerns raised include the treatment of children in custody, chemical restraints in aged care, and the slow progress in addressing alleged war crimes by Australian troops in Afghanistan. Despite these issues, the report acknowledges Australia's efforts in securing the release of two activists from foreign detention.

Manus Island refugee death unpreventable, inquest told

19 Mar 2024  |  hardenexpress.com.au
A Sudanese asylum seeker, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, died following a cardiac arrest at the Manus Island detention centre, and an inquest in Brisbane has been told his death was unpreventable. Despite multiple medical consultations for various health issues during his three-year detention, expert evidence suggested that his sudden cardiac arrest could not have been anticipated or prevented. The inquest highlighted the logistical challenges of medical evacuation from the remote location, which took 26 hours to transfer Mr Ahmed to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, where he died on Christmas Eve.

Manus Island refugee death unpreventable, inquest told

19 Mar 2024  |  www.theleader.com.au
A Sudanese asylum seeker, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, died following a cardiac arrest at the Manus Island detention centre, and an inquest in Brisbane was told his death was unpreventable. State Coroner Terry Ryan examined the circumstances of Ahmed's death and his treatment throughout 2016. Despite multiple medical visits and concerns raised by other detainees, his death was deemed unavoidable by clinical haematologist Steven Stylian. Ahmed was airlifted to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital 26 hours after collapsing, where he died on Christmas Eve. The inquest highlighted the challenges of medical evacuations from the remote location of Manus Island.

Manus Island refugee death unpreventable, inquest told

19 Mar 2024  |  southcoastregister.com.au
A Sudanese asylum seeker, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, died following a cardiac arrest at the Manus Island detention centre, with an inquest concluding his death was unpreventable. Despite multiple medical consultations for various health issues during his three-year detention, expert evidence indicated that his sudden cardiac arrest could not have been foreseen or prevented. The inquest highlighted the challenges of medical evacuation from the remote location, taking 26 hours to transfer Mr Ahmed to a hospital in Brisbane, where he died on Christmas Eve.

Manus Island refugee death unpreventable, inquest told

19 Mar 2024  |  singletonargus.com.au
A Sudanese asylum seeker, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, died following a cardiac arrest on Manus Island in 2016, which led to his collapse and a fatal brain injury. An inquest in Brisbane, overseen by State Coroner Terry Ryan and assisted by Counsel Sarah Lane, heard from clinical haematologist Steven Stylian that Ahmed's death was unavoidable. Despite multiple medical consultations during his three-year detention, and concerns raised by fellow detainees, the inquest was told that the Australian government contracted healthcare provider, International Health Medical Services, and the government's lawyers argued that proper procedures were followed. Ahmed was airlifted to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital 26 hours after his collapse, where he died on Christmas Eve. The inquest follows a similar investigation into the death of another asylum seeker on Nauru's offshore detention center.

Manus Island refugee death unpreventable, inquest told

19 Mar 2024  |  maitlandmercury.com.au
A Sudanese asylum seeker, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, died following a cardiac arrest on Manus Island in 2016. An inquest in Brisbane, overseen by State Coroner Terry Ryan and assisted by Sarah Lane, concluded that Ahmed's death was unavoidable. Clinical haematologist Steven Stylian suggested a cardiac arrhythmia caused Ahmed's collapse, leading to a fatal brain injury. Despite Ahmed's frequent medical consultations, his airlift to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital took 26 hours, costing over $140,000. The Australian government's lawyers stated that procedures were followed, and the inquest acknowledged the distress for Ahmed's family.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  easternriverinachronicle.com.au
The article recounts the experience of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The incident reflects a broader pattern of damage to historic religious sites, including other churches and mosques, as well as civilian infrastructure such as hospitals and schools. The narrative conveys the terror and unexpected nature of the attack, emphasizing the impact on cultural heritage and civilian life.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  manningrivertimes.com.au
The article recounts the experience of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The incident reflects a broader pattern of damage to historic religious sites, including churches and mosques, as well as civilian infrastructure such as hospitals and schools, indicating the indiscriminate nature of the conflict and its impact on cultural heritage and civilian life.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  bunburymail.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and fear, emphasizing the unexpected nature of the attack on a religious site. The article also notes that other historic religious buildings, including churches and mosques, as well as hospitals and schools, have been similarly affected by such strikes.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  camdencourier.com.au
The article recounts the experience of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and unexpectedness, as the attack also affected other historic religious sites, as well as hospitals and schools. The focus of the article is on the impact of war on civilian structures and the sense of fear it instills in the local population.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  mandurahmail.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and unexpectedness, as the attack also affected other historic religious sites, as well as hospitals and schools. The focus of the article is on the impact of war on civilian structures and the sense of fear it instills in the local population.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  hawkesburygazette.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and fear, emphasizing the unexpected nature of the attack on a religious site. The article also notes that other historic religious buildings, as well as hospitals and schools, have been similarly affected by missile strikes.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  moreechampion.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and unexpectedness, as the attack also affected other historic religious sites, as well as hospitals and schools. The focus of the article is on the impact of war on civilian structures and the sense of fear it instills in the local population.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  katherinetimes.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The account highlights the unexpected nature of the attack and notes that other historic religious sites, as well as hospitals and schools, have also been targeted and damaged.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  gloucesteradvocate.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is part of a larger context where historic religious buildings, including other churches and mosques, as well as hospitals and schools, have been targeted and damaged. The focus of the article is on the impact of war on cultural and civilian structures, conveying a sense of terror and fear among the affected populations.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  colypointobserver.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The incident reflects a broader pattern of damage to historic religious sites, including other churches and mosques, as well as civilian infrastructure such as hospitals and schools. The narrative conveys the unexpectedness and terror of the attack, emphasizing the indiscriminate nature of the violence affecting places typically considered safe or sacred.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  batemansbaypost.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and unexpectedness, as the attack also affected other historic religious sites, as well as hospitals and schools. The narrative conveys the indiscriminate nature of the violence and the impact on cultural and civilian structures.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  dungogchronicle.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is part of a larger context where historic religious sites, including other churches and mosques, as well as hospitals and schools, have been targeted and damaged. The focus is on the unexpected nature of the attack and the terror it caused among the people.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  nvi.com.au
The article recounts the experience of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and unexpectedness, as the attack also affected other historic religious sites, as well as hospitals and schools. The focus of the article appears to be on the impact of war on civilian structures and the sense of fear it instills in the local population.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  hepburnadvocate.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and fear, emphasizing the unexpected nature of the attack on a religious site. The article also notes that other historic religious buildings, including churches and mosques, as well as hospitals and schools, have been similarly affected by such strikes.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  irrigator.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and unexpectedness, as the attack also affected other historic religious sites, as well as hospitals and schools. The focus of the article is on the impact of war on civilian structures and the sense of fear it instills in the local population.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  yasstribune.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and unexpectedness, as the attack also affected other historic religious sites, as well as hospitals and schools. The focus of the article is on the impact of war on civilian structures and the sense of fear it instills in the local population.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  portstephensexaminer.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and fear, emphasizing the unexpected nature of the attack on a religious site. The article also notes that other historic religious buildings, including churches and mosques, as well as hospitals and schools, have been similarly affected by such strikes.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  mailtimes.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The incident reflects a broader pattern of damage to historic religious sites, including other churches and mosques, as well as civilian infrastructure such as hospitals and schools. The narrative conveys the terror and unexpected nature of the attack, emphasizing the impact on cultural heritage and civilian life.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  wellingtontimes.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The account highlights the unexpected nature of the attack and indicates that other historic religious sites, as well as hospitals and schools, have also been targeted and damaged. The focus is on the impact of war on civilian structures and the sense of terror and fear it instills in the local population.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  forbesadvocate.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is part of a broader context where historic religious sites, including other churches and mosques, as well as hospitals and schools, have been targeted and damaged. The focus is on the unexpected nature of the attack and the terror it caused among the people present.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  therural.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The incident reflects a broader pattern of damage to historic religious sites, including churches and mosques, as well as civilian infrastructure such as hospitals and schools, indicating the indiscriminate nature of the conflict and its impact on cultural heritage and civilian life.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  innereastreview.com.au
Maria, a recent arrival in Sydney from Gaza, recounts the horror of the St Porphyrius Church missile strike on October 19, which resulted in the death of 19 people, including children and relatives of former US Congressman Justin Amash. The attack was part of an Israeli offensive in response to a Hamas attack. Maria is now urging the Australian government to help her family and others escape the violence in Gaza. Feras Shaheen, a Tasmania-based artist with family in Gaza, criticizes the Australian government's efforts in assisting those with humanitarian visas. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade acknowledges the difficulty of leaving Gaza and the limited assistance they can provide.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  sconeadvocate.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and unexpectedness, as the attack also affected other historic religious sites, as well as hospitals and schools. The focus of the article is on the impact of war on civilian structures and the sense of fear it instills in the local population.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  lismorecitynews.com.au
Maria, a recent arrival in Sydney from Gaza, recounts the harrowing experience of surviving an Israeli missile strike on St Porphyrius Church in Gaza City, which killed 19, including children and relatives of former US Congressman Justin Amash. The attack was part of an Israeli offensive in response to a Hamas attack. UN experts have labeled the campaign as genocide. Maria is calling on the Australian government to help her family and others leave Gaza. Feras Shaheen, a Tasmania-based artist with family in Gaza, criticizes the Australian government's efforts in assisting those with humanitarian visas. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade states that 196 individuals have been helped to depart Gaza, but acknowledges the challenges and limitations in providing assistance.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  juneesoutherncross.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is part of a larger context where historic religious buildings, including churches and mosques, as well as hospitals and schools, have been targeted and damaged. The focus of the article is on the impact of war on cultural and civilian structures, conveying the sense of terror and unexpectedness of such attacks on typically non-military targets.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  cowraguardian.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and fear, emphasizing the unexpected nature of the attack on a religious site. The article also notes that other historic religious buildings, including churches and mosques, as well as hospitals and schools, have been similarly affected by such strikes.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  westernadvocate.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church. The attack resulted in significant destruction, with half of the church being obliterated. Maria's account also notes that other historic religious sites, including churches and mosques, as well as hospitals and schools, have been similarly affected by missile strikes. The article highlights the indiscriminate nature of the attacks and the terror inflicted on civilians.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  bordermail.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The account highlights the unexpected nature of the attack and notes that other historic religious sites, as well as hospitals and schools, have also been targeted and damaged. The focus is on the impact of war on civilian structures and the sense of terror and fear it instills in the local population.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  youngwitness.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is part of a larger context where historic religious buildings, including other churches and mosques, as well as hospitals and schools, have been targeted and damaged. The focus is on the unexpected nature of the attack and the terror it caused among the people.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  standard.net.au
The article recounts the experience of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The incident reflects a broader pattern of damage to historic religious sites, including churches and mosques, as well as civilian infrastructure such as hospitals and schools. The focus is on the impact of war on cultural heritage and civilian life.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  dailyliberal.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church. The attack resulted in significant destruction, with half of the church being obliterated. Maria's account also notes that other historic religious sites, including churches and mosques, as well as hospitals and schools, have been similarly affected by missile strikes. The article highlights the indiscriminate nature of the attacks and the terror they instill in civilians.

Gaza refugees urge Australia on safe passage of family

12 Jan 2024  |  canowindranews.com.au
The article recounts the experiences of an individual named Maria, who describes the horror of a missile strike on a church, resulting in significant destruction. The event is characterized by terror and unexpectedness, as the attack also affected other historic religious sites, as well as hospitals and schools. The focus of the article is on the impact of war on civilian structures and the sense of fear instilled by such attacks.

Australia ‘tarnished’ by its treatment of refugees and Indigenous people, says international human rights watchdog

12 Jan 2024  |  nybreaking.com
Human Rights Watch has released a report criticizing Australia for its treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, and the systemic discrimination against Indigenous people. The report condemns the offshore detention regime, the over-representation of Indigenous people in custody, and the lack of action on human rights concerns. It highlights the deaths of at least 19 Indigenous people in custody in 2023, including a 16-year-old boy. The report also discusses the defeat of the Indigenous Voice referendum and the absence of a human rights law in Australia. Despite these issues, the report acknowledges Australia's efforts in securing the release of two activists from foreign detention. The article also mentions the need for Australia to advocate more for human rights, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Australia 'tarnished' by its treatment of refugees and Indigenous people, says international human rights watchdog

12 Jan 2024  |  thisismoney.co.uk
Human Rights Watch has criticized Australia for its treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, and for systemic discrimination against Indigenous people. The report highlights the ongoing offshore detention regime, with recent transfers of asylum seekers to Nauru. It also notes the significant number of Indigenous deaths in custody, including a 16-year-old boy. The defeat of the Indigenous Voice referendum and the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in prisons were also mentioned. The report calls for action on the treatment of children in custody, chemical restraints in aged care, and the need for a human rights law in Australia. It acknowledges Australia's efforts in securing the release of two activists from foreign detention but urges more action, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Australia called out over refugee and Indigenous rights

11 Jan 2024  |  thewest.com.au
Human Rights Watch has criticized Australia for its treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, as well as the disproportionate incarceration of Indigenous people. The organization suggests that these issues have marred Australia's reputation as a country that generally upholds civil and political rights. Despite being recognized as a vibrant democracy, these significant human rights concerns have cast a shadow over Australia's international standing.

Australia called out over refugee and Indigenous rights

11 Jan 2024  |  oberonreview.com.au
The article discusses the pressing issues regarding the treatment of children in custody and the utilization of chemical restraints in aged care facilities. It highlights the group's concerns that the government has not yet taken significant action to address these problems. The group implies that there is a need for immediate government intervention to ensure the safety and proper treatment of children in custody and to regulate the use of chemical restraints in aged care to protect the elderly.

Australia called out over refugee and Indigenous rights

11 Jan 2024  |  naroomanewsonline.com.au
The article raises significant concerns regarding the welfare of children in custody and the employment of chemical restraints in aged care facilities. It suggests that these issues have not been adequately tackled by the government, according to a group that is not specified in the provided text. The group appears to be advocating for more serious governmental intervention and oversight to address these pressing issues.

Manus Island refugee death unpreventable, inquest told

10 Oct 2023  |  www.bunburymail.com.au
A Sudanese asylum seeker at Manus Island detention centre, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, suffered a cardiac arrest leading to his death, which was deemed unavoidable by an inquest. State Coroner Terry Ryan examined the circumstances and treatment standards, with expert evidence suggesting the death could not have been prevented. Clinical haematologist Steven Stylian indicated cardiac arrhythmia as the cause, differing from other experts who suggested a seizure. Ahmed's deteriorating health was frequently reported to medical staff, and delays in his transfer to a specialized hospital were attributed to the island's remote nature.

Manus Island refugee death unpreventable, inquest told

10 Oct 2023  |  www.goulburnpost.com.au
Faysal Ishak Ahmed, a Sudanese asylum seeker at Manus Island detention center, suffered a cardiac arrest leading to his collapse and subsequent death in 2016. An inquest revealed that his death was unavoidable despite frequent medical visits and attempts to airlift him to a specialized hospital. Expert testimonies differed on the cause of his collapse, with some attributing it to cardiac arrhythmia. The inquest highlighted the logistical challenges and delays in medical evacuation from the remote island. The Australian government and IHMS were found to have followed procedures, though the inquest acknowledged the distress experienced by Ahmed's family.

Manus Island refugee death unpreventable, inquest told

10 Oct 2023  |  www.colypointobserver.com.au
A Sudanese asylum seeker at Manus Island detention centre, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, suffered a cardiac arrest leading to his death, which was deemed unavoidable by an inquest. State Coroner Terry Ryan examined the circumstances and treatment standards, with expert evidence suggesting the death could not have been prevented. Clinical haematologist Steven Stylian indicated cardiac arrhythmia as the cause, differing from other experts who suggested a seizure. Ahmed's deteriorating health was frequently reported, and delays in his medical evacuation were attributed to the remote location of Manus Island.

Manus Island refugee death unpreventable, inquest told

10 Oct 2023  |  www.mailtimes.com.au
A Sudanese asylum seeker at Manus Island detention centre, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, suffered a cardiac arrest leading to his death, which was deemed unavoidable by expert testimony during an inquest. The inquest, led by State Coroner Terry Ryan, examined the standard of Ahmed's treatment and the circumstances of his death. Despite frequent medical visits and complaints, his death was attributed to a sudden cardiac arrhythmia. The inquest highlighted the logistical challenges of medical evacuations from the remote Manus Island.

Refugees on healing path 30 years after Rwanda genocide

08 Oct 2023  |  The Advertiser - Cessnock
Rwandan refugees and survivors gathered in Sydney to commemorate 30 years since the 1994 genocide, sharing harrowing testimonies and highlighting ongoing trauma and political oppression. Noel Zihabamwe, a community leader, recounted his escape and subsequent life in Australia, while his sister Brigitte Farrow and other survivors emphasized the importance of healing and narrative storytelling. The event also featured the launch of 'Survivors Uncensored,' a book by Rwandan dissidents, underscoring the current regime's hostile political climate. The gathering aimed to unite the diaspora and raise awareness about the continued struggles faced by Rwandan refugees.

Refugees on healing path 30 years after Rwanda genocide

01 Oct 2023  |  www.innereastreview.com.au
Rwandan refugees and survivors gathered in Sydney to commemorate 30 years since the 1994 genocide, sharing harrowing personal testimonies and highlighting ongoing trauma and political oppression under the Kagame regime. Community leaders like Noel Zihabamwe and his sister Brigitte Farrow emphasized the importance of healing and narrative storytelling. Survivors, including those who contributed to the book 'Survivors Uncensored,' criticized the current Rwandan government for perpetuating a hostile political climate. The event underscored the need for continued support and awareness for the Rwandan diaspora.

Egypt's Irony: From Religious Freedom to Blasphemy Imprisonment

05 Apr 2023  |  International Business Times UK
Journalist Bishoy Hegazy, who converted from Islam to Christianity, is currently imprisoned in Egypt's Tora jail, facing blasphemy charges. His arrest occurred after the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi by general Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, despite the latter's efforts to prevent an Islamist state. Hegazy, who worked for The Way, an Arabic Christian channel, was initially detained for his own protection but later charged with broadcasting false news and tarnishing Egypt's reputation. He was tortured and faced a series of trials, resulting in a reduced sentence and an additional charge of religious blasphemy. His detention continues to be extended every 45 days. The article highlights the worsening conditions for religious freedom in Egypt, with other cases of blasphemy and the state's use of religious conservatism to exert control. Hegazy's lawyer, Nayera El Sayed, and former cellmate, Hany El Gamal, provide insights into his plight and the broader context of political repression in Egypt.

How can a proud country kill its heritage? Cairo calls time on oldest watch shop

07 Aug 2018  |  the Guardian
The article discusses the demolition of Hinhayat, Egypt's oldest watch shop, as part of Cairo's Maspero Triangle redevelopment plan. Essam Ahmed, the shop's owner, and other residents express distress over the loss of cultural heritage and displacement. Critics argue that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's modernization efforts prioritize wealthy investors over local communities. The redevelopment, led by Foster and Partners, aims to transform the area into a financial center, luxury hotels, and malls, displacing up to 18,000 residents. The government defends the plan, citing safety and urban cohesion, but concerns about spatial and class inequalities persist.

People in the UAE Can Now Be Jailed for 15 Years for ‘Liking’ Qatar

08 Jun 2017  |  www.vice.com
The UAE has enacted a new cybercrime law that imposes up to 15 years in jail for expressing sympathy for Qatar on social media, following the severance of diplomatic ties with Qatar over its alleged support for terrorist groups and relations with Iran. The law, announced by UAE Attorney General Hamad Said al-Shamsi, also includes hefty fines. The move is part of a broader regional conflict involving Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. Human rights defenders and critics, such as Ahmed Mansoor and Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, have faced repercussions for their social media activities. The article highlights the increasing measures to stifle dissent in the UAE, influenced by recent geopolitical shifts and the diminished restraining influence of the US and UK.

Turkey Has Blocked Wikipedia and Is Censoring Twitter

29 Apr 2017  |  www.vice.com
Following a narrow referendum win, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has intensified his crackdown on dissenting voices, extending his reach to the internet. On April 29, Turkey blocked access to Wikipedia, citing a law against obscene or national security threats. Additionally, authorities pressured Twitter to block journalist Mahir Zeynalov, known for his critical stance against Erdoğan's regime. This move is part of a broader purge that has seen nearly 50,000 individuals from various professions arrested since the failed coup in July 2016.

Turkey Has Blocked Wikipedia and Is Censoring Twitter

29 Apr 2017  |  www.vice.com
Following a narrow referendum win, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has intensified his crackdown on dissent, blocking Wikipedia and censoring Twitter. Journalist Mahir Zeynalov, a vocal critic of Erdoğan, highlights the ongoing purge, with thousands arrested and numerous journalists imprisoned. The Turkish government has lodged more removal requests on Twitter than any other country, reflecting its harsh stance against press freedom. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe has raised concerns about potential vote manipulation, indicating a rapid decline in Turkey's democratic integrity.

Inside The German Museum Of Perfectly Preserved Corpses

06 Jan 2017  |  www.vice.com
The Plastinarium in Guben, Germany, founded by anatomist Gunther von Hagens, displays 16,500 human specimens preserved through plastination, a technique he invented in 1977. The facility, now managed by his son Rurik, educates future anatomists and has sparked ethical debates. The Body Worlds exhibition, part of the von Hagens' empire, has attracted over 40 million visitors. Donors willingly contribute their bodies for scientific purposes, with the assurance of contributing to medical knowledge and avoiding decay post-mortem.

Egyptians Turn Twitter Into a Pharmacy During Nationwide Drug Shortage

06 Dec 2016  |  www.vice.com
In response to a severe nationwide drug shortage in Egypt, citizens have started using Twitter to crowdsource medications, creating a virtual charity space for exchanging medicines. The shortage, exacerbated by the devaluation of the Egyptian pound following economic measures to secure an IMF loan, has led to a scarcity of essential drugs. The Health Ministry plans to import drugs but has not effectively addressed the crisis. A Twitter account was created to formalize the donation process, and while the ministry recognized the effort, no official contact has been made. Concerns about black market activity and the impact on those unable to afford medications are growing amidst this health crisis.

‘The madness is eating us alive’: inside Australia’s asylum camp on Nauru

28 Oct 2016  |  South China Morning Post
Australia faces criticism for severe abuse and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers in its offshore detention camps on Nauru. Alaboudi, an Iraqi asylum seeker, shares his distressing journey and the harsh conditions faced in the camp. Despite spending billions on naval interception and offshore processing, Australia's policies are seen as harmful and ineffective. Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have gathered testimonies of abuse, urging for better resettlement conditions in transit countries. Demonstrations in Australia call for an end to offshore detention, but policy changes seem unlikely.

Egypt’s Military Got In a Fight Over Baby Formula This Week

02 Sep 2016  |  www.vice.com
Amid inflation and poverty, Egyptian mothers protested in Cairo over baby formula shortages, criticizing price hikes and government mismanagement. The Egyptian military intervened, promising to provide formula at reduced rates, but faced public backlash for its expanding economic role. The crisis, foreshadowed by MP Ahmed El Awadi, escalated with circulating letters urging President Sisi's intervention. The military's economic dominance, criticized by experts, has negatively impacted businesses and public trust. The incident highlights Egypt's economic struggles, high inflation, and widespread poverty, exacerbated by recent IMF deals and corruption scandals.

Shifting Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabian control re-ignites protests in Egypt

21 Apr 2016  |  The Sydney Morning Herald
Tarek 'Tito' Hussein, who had previously been imprisoned, participated in protests against Egypt's decision to transfer sovereignty of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The protests, which were the largest since the enactment of an anti-protest law in November 2013, echoed the demands of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, during a meeting with French President Francois Hollande, suggested that there were conspiracies aimed at destabilizing Egypt. The article reports that nearly 100 young people were arrested in connection with the protests.

Egypt Court Issues Death Penalty for Georgetown Political Science Professor

19 May 2015  |  www.vice.com
Emad Shahin, a visiting professor at Georgetown University and Columbia University, has been sentenced to death in absentia by the Cairo Criminal Court along with 35 others, including former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, on espionage charges. Shahin, who has been in self-imposed exile since January 2014, criticizes the political climate in Egypt under President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, likening him to Saddam Hussein and Hosni Mubarak. International bodies like the US State Department and Amnesty International have expressed concern over the fairness of the trials. Shahin rejects the legitimacy of the trials and vows to continue his activism for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

Social Media and the Deadly Business of Migrant Smuggling

29 Apr 2015  |  Quartz
The article discusses the alarming trend of migrants, particularly from Syria and Eritrea, using social media platforms like Facebook to connect with human smugglers for passage to Europe. It highlights the dangers of the Mediterranean crossing, underscored by a recent tragedy where 900 migrants drowned. The piece details how smugglers advertise their services openly on Facebook, with pages offering trips from Turkey to Italy and providing contact information for transactions. The European Union's border patrol agency, Frontex, has noted the role of social media in facilitating illegal entry into the EU. Despite the risks and the high cost of smuggling services, the demand remains high among asylum seekers fleeing political oppression and seeking better lives in Europe. The United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime estimates that smugglers earn $550 million annually from this trade.

Tunisia Museum Attack Is Blow to Nation’s Democratic Shift

19 Mar 2015  |  www.nytimes.com
On March 18, 2015, gunmen in military uniforms attacked the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, killing 19 people, including foreign tourists and Tunisians. The incident, which initially reported nine deaths, saw the toll rise after security forces retook the museum. Prime Minister Habib Essid announced that two gunmen were killed, with potential accomplices at large, and highlighted the attack's detrimental effect on Tunisia's tourism and democratic progress post-Arab Spring.
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