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Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama

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The whistleblower, who has been imprisoned for six years for leaking state secrets, is now set to go free on 17 May Ed Pilkington in New York and David Smith and Lauren Gambino in Washington The Guardian Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the… Chelsea Manning’s prison… Read More »

German court rules that firebombing a synagogue is not anti-Semitic

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A synagogue burning in Germany is perhaps among the most literal illustrations of anti-Semitism imaginable. Updated by Sarah Wildman Vox But apparently, not all synagogue burnings are equal. This week a German regional court ruled that the 2014 firebombing of a… German court rules… Read More »

Saudi jailed for call to end male control over women

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A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. RIYADH – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the… Saudi jailed for… Read More »

Supreme Court finds Government acted unlawfully in transferring children to Barwon jail

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In a landmark case, the Supreme Court this morning held that the Victorian Government’s decision to transfer children to Barwon maximum security adult jail was unlawful. HRLC The Court also found that the Government failed to properly consider the Victorian Charter of Human Rights. Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that this is a significant outcome for upholding children’s rights in Victoria. “Jailing children in an adult prison is wrong. This is why ... Read More »

How censorship aids China’s execution machine

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The executions of Nie Shubin and Jia Jinglong occurred more than 20 years apart, yet the Chinese authorities have used the plight of both men to send starkly different messages on the death penalty. Asia Times William Nee Nie Shubin, who was executed in 1995 for rape and murder, received a rare posthumous exoneration earlier this month. Officials made much of how this… How censorship aids China’s… Read More »

Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky award lawsuit rejected by Norway

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Edward Snowden’s bid to guarantee that he would not be extradited to the US if he visited Norway has been rejected by the Norwegian supreme court. The former spy contractor filed the lawsuit in April, attempting to secure safe passage to Norway to pick up a… Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky… Read More »

Bob Day High Court case would set a precedent and have far-reaching implications, legal expert says

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The likely High Court case about Bob Day’s eligibility to be a senator will set a legal precedent that could endanger other politicians’ right to sit in Parliament. AM – By political reporter Tom Iggulden The impending case will revolve around an anti-corruption section of the constitution that prohibits parliamentarians from having even an indirect relationship with companies that get government contracts. But the section is not precise and has never been tested by a full bench of the High ... Read More »

Oregon wildlife refuge occupiers in shock acquittal

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Seven leaders of an armed militia who led a 41-day stand-off at a US federal wildlife refuge in Oregon have been cleared of the charges against them. The surprise verdict acquitted them of conspiracy and firearms offences. A lawyer for one of the… Oregon wildlife refuge… Read More »

Sweden places ban on drone filming without surveillance permit

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If you were thinking of using a drone to document your travel to cities like Stockholm or Gothenburg, you will be disappointed to learn Sweden has now stopped your thumbs in their figurative tracks. The country’s Supreme Administrative Court has effectively banned personal drone filming, unless deemed to be for the purpose of… Sweden places ban… Read More »

Whisky industry loses battle over minimum drink price

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Doctors yesterday hailed a court ruling in favour of minimum pricing for alcohol claiming Scotland’s health would dramatically improve as a result of the measure to reduce heavy drinking. The Court of Session backed the Scottish Government’s controversial plans to impose a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol, taking a… Whisky industry loses… Read More »

South Africa to withdraw from war crimes court

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South Africa has formally begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), notifying the UN of its decision. South Africa did not want to execute ICC arrest warrants which would lead to “regime change”, a minister said. Last year, a… South Africa to… Read More »

End child stonings, UN tells Saudi Arabia

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A UN watchdog wants Saudi Arabia to get rid of laws that allow children to be stoned, amputated, flogged and executed. Source: AAP A UN human rights watchdog has called on Saudi Arabia to end discrimination against girls and repeal laws that allow the End child stonings, UN… Read More »

The Philippines should not reinstate the death penalty, even for Peter Scully

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Bringing back a flawed system to kill a rotten individual means that we dispense with the individual but are stuck with the system Brigid Delaney There have been calls to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines as the trial of alleged Australian child sex abuser Peter Scully takes place and… The Philippines should not reinstate the death penalty, even for Peter Scully… Read More »

French court overturns controversial ban

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FRANCE’S top administrative court overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean town, in a decision Friday that should set legal precedent regarding a swimsuit crackdown that has divided the country and provoked shock around the world. New York Post The ruling by the Council of State Friday specifically concerns a ban on the Muslim garment in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet, but the… Source: Burkini ban France | French court overturns controversial ban Read More »

Uruguay’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health

Germán Velásquez is the Special Adviser for Health and Development of the South Centre. By Germán Velásquez In a landmark decision that has been hailed as a victory of public health measures against narrow commercial interests, an international tribunal has dismissed a claim by tobacco giant company Philip Morris that the… Source: Uruguay’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health | Inter Press Service Read More »

Former bankers sentenced to jail over Anglo fraud scheme

Willie McAteer and John Bowe of Anglo and Denis Casey of Irish Life convicted of fraud Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Joe Brennan, Ciarán Hancock Three former bankers were in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin last night after receiving jail sentences for their roles in a €7 billion fraud committed at the height of the banking crisis in 2008… Source: Former bankers sentenced to jail over Anglo fraud scheme Read More »