Law & Order

Amal Clooney accuses Turkey of hypocrisy on freedom of speech in Armenian genocide trial

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The human rights lawyer, representing Armenia, criticised Turkey’s double standards on freedom of expression By Bruno Waterfield, Strasbourg and Raziye Akkoc – The Telegraph Amal Clooney, the human rights barrister, has accused Turkey of double standards on freedom of expression for defending a Turkish Leftist who described the Armenian genocide an “international lie”. Mrs Clooney, who is representing Armenia on ... Read More »

Facebook complies with Turkey page block order

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The BBC has learned that Facebook has complied with a Turkish court order demanding the blocking of a page it said offended the Prophet Muhammad. If the social media platform had refused, the court had threatened to block access to the entire site. The site is believed to have around 40 million members in Turkey. Facebook declined to comment but ... Read More »

Attorney-General George Brandis says metadata limits jeopardise criminal investigations

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Australian internet firms are wiping some customer “metadata” immediately or within days, causing problems for law enforcement including an investigation into a potential child rape that had to be abandoned. The Age – David Wroe, National security correspondent As it steps up its contentious push to force internet providers to retain metadata, the federal government has provided examples of how metadata is used ... Read More »

US teenage lifers – children sentenced to jail forever

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John Pace spent his last day of freedom at the house in West Philadelphia that he shared with his mum, his six brothers and four sisters. The Age – Andrew Purcell It was September 18, 1985 and summer was coming to an end. In the early evening, he set out for his friend’s place, some grass in his pocket and a ... Read More »

Police record 24,043 rapes, nearly 500,000 sex crimes in 2014 – figures

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More Britons than ever are reporting sex crimes in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, according to new government figures published on Friday. ( RΤ ) According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), there were 24,043 rapes and nearly 500,000 other sexual offences reported in the year ending September 2014, making it the highest level of sexual assault ... Read More »

Manus stand off halted as guards storm compound

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A stand off between asylum seekers and security guards on Manus Island came to a dramatic halt as Wilson guards stormed one compound on Monday. The Age – Sarah Whyte, Immigration correspondent Peter Dutton accuses asylum seekers of ‘aggressive behaviour’ Delta compound, which had been barricaded by asylum seekers who were refusing to eat or allow security guards inside, was forced open by ... Read More »

Indonesia executes six drug convicts, including foreigners

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Indonesia has put to death six people convicted of drugs offences, including five foreigners, in the first executions carried out under new President Joko Widodo. Bali Nine man on death row ‘full of hope’ The Age Two women were among those executed by firing squad on Sunday, in a move swiftly condemned by Amnesty International as “seriously regressive”. The foreigners ... Read More »

International Criminal Court opens inquiry into possible war crimes in Palestinian territories

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Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court say they have opened a preliminary inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, the first formal step that could lead to charges against Israelis or Palestinians. ABC - Reuters/AFP On January 1, a day before requesting ICC membership, the Palestinian government asked the prosecutors to investigate alleged crimes committed on its territory since ... Read More »