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#GoodNewsFriday: The Latest Wins For Human Rights

When you’re inundated with constant news of conflict, war, and discrimination, sometimes the bad seems so bad it’s hard to see the good. But we promise you, good is out there. Every day we see the power of the people work its will  – for individuals, for communities, for a better and fairer future for all. And every day, the impact of your contribution, no matter how big or small, is helping to make a difference.

AHED TAMIMI RELEASED FROM PRISON

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17-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi was finally released on July 30 after more than eight months behind bars!

In the video that made her a symbol of Palestinian resistance, but also landed her in prison, she is seen coming face to face with armed Israeli soldiers following the shooting of her 14-year-old cousin, Mohammad. Ahed was charged with aggravated assault and obstructing the work of soldiers, but has since returned to her home of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank.

#MYNEWNEIGHBOUR 

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On August 1, Monash City Council in Melbourne passed a motion in support for expanding and improving the Australian Government’s current refugee community sponsorship program.

Support for neighbourhood-led solutions to our refugee crisis has been gaining momentum, with now more than 10 local councils on board to welcome refugees into their communities.

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The City of Fremantle in Western Australia also recently passed a motion unanimously in support, with Councillor Sam Wainwright stating, “you don’t shut your door to people who are running for their lives.”

A WIN FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN MALAYSIA

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All nine sedition charges against political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar “Zunar” Ulhaque have been dropped in a big win for freedom of expression in Malaysia. Zunar was repeatedly targeted by the former government for his illustrations criticising then Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Lawmaker R. Sivarasa and civil rights lawyer N. Surendran have also been acquitted of sedition charges.

SADAT HAS A CHANCE TO LIVE IN SAFETY

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Sadat I. was forced to flee his home of Ghana after being beaten by a homophobic vigilante group ‘Safety Empire’ because of his sexuality. After being publicly outed on Facebook in a country where homosexuality is illegal, he sought asylum in Texas where he was detained and threatened to be returned to Ghana despite fears of persecution.

With over 8,000+ emails, petitions, and overwhelming support from the public, Sadat has since been released from the detention centre in Texas, and his asylum case has now been reopened

Keep fighting the good fight.

Words by Adelinah Razali

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