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Almost two million people calling for a vote on independence from Indonesia

A WEST Papuan independence leader has described handing an historic petition to the United Nations as representing “the blood and bones of his people”. More than 1.8 million West Papuans defied the Indonesian Government by signing a banned petition demanding a new vote for independence. An estimated 70 per cent of West Papuans signed the petition as it was smuggled ... Read More »

Brisbane aged care advocate tells UN of ‘insidious ageism’ worldwide

Marcus Riley

BRISBANE advocate for the aged Marcus Riley has told delegates at United Nations headquarters in New York that older people are considered a burden, and “insidious ageism … permeates countries around the world”. The 40-year-old, Catholic father-of-three and chairman of the Global Ageing Network, which has a presence in more than 50 countries, is lobbying for a UN Convention of ... Read More »

Brisbane father-of-three Marcus Riley is at the UN as an advocate for the ageing

Marcus Riley

BRISBANE’S Marcus Riley is the new, youthful champion for the ageing. The 40-year-old Catholic father-of-three has headed to United Nations headquarters in New York to advocate for a UN Convention of the Rights of Older Persons. “At the moment there is a silence about older people across international laws,” said Mr Riley, who this year became chairman of the Global ... Read More »

UN recognises Catholic human rights activist

Peter Arndt

ONE of Brisbane archdiocese’s long-serving social justice advocates has received a United Nations award for his work. Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt recently was honoured with a United Nations Association of Australia Queensland Branch Community Award for his contributions to human rights and social justice. Mr Arndt, who has been with the CJPC for ... Read More »

Pope to UN: Act to end the tragedy in Iraq

Children flee Iraq violence

POPE Francis formally asked United Nations agencies and the entire international community “to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway” in north-eastern Iraq. In a letter signed on August 9, but released by the Vatican only after it had been delivered, Pope Francis told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon immediate action was needed “to stop and to prevent further ... Read More »

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