Law & Order

Mapped: The world’s most open governments


Raziye Akkoc The Telegraph It comes as no surprise that Nordic countries top the WJP Open Government Index but the UK’s position as having the eighth most open government out of more than a 100 countries is welcome news. Click to find out each country’s score An improving economy and better resources in the developing world may not equal a ... Read More »

High Court writ for protection visa revisits 17th century battle

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The long-running, if muted, ­struggle between the High Court and the federal government over refugees recalls a bitter legal battle in the early 17th century. The Australian – Gillian Triggs * Sir Edward Coke, lord chief ­justice of England, defied King James I by asserting the supremacy of the common law over the King’s claims to royal powers, and indeed, over ... Read More »

Online harassment is a form of violence

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Many of us have a traditional and corporeal perspective on violence. We perceive it as physical threat: the stranger following you home on a dark night; an unprovoked assault in a bar or on an empty train; or the alcohol fuelled brawl that breaks out in the Valley in Brisbane on a Friday night. The Conversation - Jenny Ostini and Susan Hopkins ... Read More »

Religious belief cost a baby its life. What a waste. What an idiot

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Today the child would have been in Year 1. A happy six-year-old, covered in a constant smile because of school holidays. Maybe they would have gone to the Easter Show, or camping for the soggy long weekend. No doubt they would have consumed far too much chocolate on Sunday, like many excited youngsters around the world did, and had the ... Read More »

The Great Charter of Liberties

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Looking at the distance between the Westminster parliamentary system and those to whom elected representatives are ultimately accountable, the Chartists had a point – in fact, at least six points. openDemocracy – MALCOLM CHASE Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy. The coincidence of the British Library’smagnificent exhibition with a general election campaign is bound to tempt political parties to claim a particular ... Read More »

When a mother’s rights clash with the needs of her unborn child

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Pregnant Jehovah’s Witness’ decision to refuse treatment ‘harrowing’ for hospital staff after mother and baby die The recent report of case of a pregnant woman who refused life-saving cancer treatment while heavily pregnant has once again ignited debate within the community about how we should resolve conflicts between a mother’s rights and those of her unborn child. The Canberra Times ... Read More »

Prosecutor lays out far-fetched charges against Gülen, US and Turkish authors

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A Turkish prosecutor‘s charges against military officers who took part in the interception of trucks transporting heavy weaponry to Syria make heavy use of far-fetched claims that involve contributors to The Washington Post and Today’s Zaman as well as a moderate US-based Turkish Muslim scholar. Today’s Zaman - Public Prosecutor İrfan Fidan, who the government is believed to have tasked with ... Read More »

Egypt: Halt Executions of Six Men

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Convicted in Military Court After Unfair Trial Human Rights Watch (New York) – Six men face execution in Egypt after being convicted by a military court, despite evidence that some were in detention at the time of the crimes. Egyptian authorities should stay the executions and send the men’s case for retrial before a civilian court, Human Rights Watch said. The ... Read More »

Kenya’s cities ‘will run red with blood,’ warn Al Shabaab

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Kenyan police have made five arrests in connection to Thursday’s al-Shabab attack in eastern Kenya which left almost 150 people dead. Malta Today – Al Shabaab militants have threatened further attacks after Thursday’s university campus massacre, ominously announcing that the country’s cities ‘will run red with blood’. ‘No amount of precaution or safety measures will be able to guarantee your safety, thwart ... Read More »