‘We sacrificed for Australia’: Afghan Invictus Games athletes’ asylum bid – SBS World News

afghansSpeaking for the first time since missing their flight home in October, six Afghan men who live with disabilities after being wounded in the war say they are owed protection in Australia.

Read the full story – https://www.sbs.com.au/news/we-sacrificed-for-australia-afghan-invictus-games-athletes-asylum-bid

‘Time for a different voice’: Christian group to tackle homophobia within the Church – SBS News

Church-goers gather at St. James in Sydney for a service apologising to LGBT for discrimination (2).JPGGrowing up in Malaysia’s Catholic community, Benjamin Oh would go to church with his family most nights of the week. But visits became more difficult after he came out as gay when he was in his teens.

While the homophobia he experienced in the Christian community never shook his faith, at times it did make him feel uncomfortable and unsafe going to church, both in Malaysia and in Australia, where he moved to study.

Read the full article here – http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/02/28/time-different-voice-christian-group-tackle-homophobia-within-church

And listen to the story here – http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/02/28/one-church-apology-treatment-gays

Malaysia’s war on independent media escalates with five arrested for sedition – Crikey

Cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque (Zunar) poses, mocking his sedition charges

Cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque (Zunar) poses, mocking his sedition charges

Last week police swooped on the offices of a Malaysian news website The Malaysian Insider, seizing mobile phones, computers and arresting three editors over an inaccurate news report.

The following day The Malaysian Insider CEO and the chief editor of its parent publication were also arrested. Police have said all five will be charged under the colonial-era Sedition Act, which carries up to three years’ imprisonment.

The arrests come amid a broad and unprecedented crackdown on Malaysia’s opposition movement. More than 150 activists, opposition politicians and lawyers have been arrested this year alone either under the Sedition or thePeaceful Assembly Act, which imposes strict regulations on public protesting.

Full article – http://www.crikey.com.au/2015/04/09/malaysias-war-on-independent-media-escalates-with-five-arrested-for-sedition/