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Malaysian court jails artist for clown caricature of PM

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A Malaysian artist and prominent opposition activist was jailed for a month yesterday for publishing a caricature of Prime Minister Najib Razak looking like a clown, a ruling likely to exacerbate concern about free speech. KUALA LUMPUR – Reuters Hurriyet Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy recently announced plans to amend a law to stamp out fake news, the latest step to broaden enforcement powers and penalties against online posts or content deemed detrimental to public order and security. Artist Fahmi Reza ... Read More »

Mitsutoki Shigeta: ‘Baby factory’ dad wins paternity rights

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A Bangkok court has awarded paternity rights to a Japanese man over 13 babies he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers. BBC The ruling allows Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, to pursue custody of the children. The son of a wealthy entrepreneur, he caused controversy in 2014 when he was revealed to have fathered 16 babies via surrogates in Thailand. His so-called “baby factory” case and others led to Thailand banning commercial surrogacy for foreigners. Mr Shigeta, who was not present at the ... Read More »

Turkey sentences journalists to life in jail over coup attempt

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Sentencing over alleged role in failed putsch condemned as showing disregard for rule of law A Turkish court has sentenced six defendants, including three prominent journalists, to life in prison over allegations of involvement in a 2016 coup attempt, drawing fierce condemnation from the UN and press freedom advocates. Kareem Shaheen in Istanbul The Guardian The convictions followed a months-long trial during which the prosecution alleged that the journalists sent “subliminal messages” via TV appearances and newspaper columns urging the overthrow ... Read More »

Big Data, Large Concerns

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Consent and accountability should be at the core of the new privacy law. The Supreme Court recently affirmed a fundamental right to privacy. by Amba Kak , Jason Schultz The Indian Express The government is now moving to enact a data privacy law, the Justice Shri Krishna Committee has released a comprehensive report and the consultation process is coming to a close. Multiple legal challenges against Aadhaar — many involving citizens’ privacy — are being heard before the Supreme Court. The government is keen to ... Read More »

ACT’s Chief Justice Helen Murrell talks soft sentences at the Supreme Court opening

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ACT’s top judge says courts need to better explain sentences to stop public outrage over “lenient” sentences Daniella White  The Canberra Times Addressing a ceremony for the opening of the legal year at the ACT Supreme Court, Chief Justice Helen Murrell said the courts also had to give victims a greater voice in the court process. Chief Justice Murrell said despite anger and outrage expressed through the press about sentencing, studies showed average members of the public given the same information as a sentencing judge tended to ... Read More »

Cypriot veterans win right to claim damages over UK torture claims

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Government’s arguments against claim rejected, paving way for ex-guerrillas to sue for alleged abuse during independence fight Helena Smith The Guardian A high court judge has opened the way for 34 Greek Cypriots to seek damages from Britain, following claims of torture and human rights abuses at the hands of colonial forces during the island’s struggle for independence in the 1950s. Passing judgment at the Royal Courts of Justice, Mr Justice Kerr dismissed the British government’s argument that Cypriot law applied in ... Read More »

Taiwan court orders dentist to pay mother for raising him

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Taiwan’s top court has ordered a dentist to pay his mother around Tw$22.3 million ($744,000) as reimbursement for the money she spent raising and educating him. TAIPEI – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet  The supreme court Jan. 2 upheld a previous ruling that the 41-year-old, identified by his family name Chu, should honor a contract he signed with his mother 20 years ago promising to refund her. The plaintiff, surnamed Lo, divorced her husband in 1990 and raised their two sons on ... Read More »

Argentina Dirty War: Killer Etchecolatz gets house arrest

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A court in Argentina has granted house arrest to an 88-year-old former police officer who was serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity BBC Miguel Etchecolatz headed police investigations in Buenos Aires province from 1976 to late 1977, when Argentina was ruled by a military junta. Etchecolatz confessed to killing political opponents under military rule although he never said how many. He was also found guilty of stealing the baby of two Uruguayan militants. The court ruled that because ... Read More »

Uber faces tougher regulation across Europe after ECJ rules firm is a transport service

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Taxi service had labelled itself an ‘information society service’ that merely connects drivers with passengers through an app – European Court of Justice disagrees Ben Chapman The Independent The EU’s top court has ruled that Uber is a taxi service and can be regulated like other transport firms. The long-awaited decision could have wide-ranging implications for how Uber, and other gig economy firms, can operate across the continent. Uber had labelled itself an “information society service” that merely connects drivers with passengers through ... Read More »

ECHR orders Turkey to pay compensation to three citizens for violation of freedom of assembly

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Dec. 19 ordered Turkey to pay compensation to three citizens following their application over a violation of the right to freedom of assembly in suppressed protests in the southern province of Adana. STRASBOURG Hurriyet The court ordered Turkey to pay 240 euros in pecuniary damages to one applicant and 80 euros to the other two. The case related to fines imposed by Turkish courts against Adnan Öğrü, Veysel Kurtuluş Alabaş, and Beyhan ... Read More »

Human Rights Of Those Detained By Australia On Manus Have Been Breached, PNG Court Rules

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“This will cost the Australian government, politically and financially,” advocates say. Gina Rushton BuzzFeed Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court has ruled the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers detained by the Australian government on Manus Island have been breached. The court found in April last year that asylum seekers were illegally detained on Manus Island but it has now dismissed an attempt by the PNG government to stop the detainees making compensation claims for…<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”/static-assets/css/enhanced.dae4f976df2b092a196fc7f20d2a0912.css”> Refugee Action Coalition ... Read More »

British troops breached Geneva conventions in Iraq, high court rules

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Court says soldiers subjected civilians to cruel and inhuman treatment, in cases that may determine handling of further claims Ian Cobain The Guardian British troops breached the Geneva conventions and subjected Iraqi civilians to cruel and inhuman treatment by hooding them and taking turns to run over their backs, the high court has ruled. Furthermore, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) breached the conventions as well as the 1998 Human Rights Act in the way in which it detained civilians after the 2003 invasion, the ... Read More »

Trump travel ban: Supreme Court lets restrictions take full effect

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The US Supreme Court has ruled President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries can go into full effect, pending legal challenges. BBC The decision is a boost for Mr Trump’s policy against travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The ruling covers the third version of the directive that the president has issued since taking office. Seven of the nine justices lifted injunctions on Monday imposed by lower courts against the policy. Only liberal Justices ... Read More »

Egypt jails 14 for homosexuality

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An Egyptian court on Nov. 26 sentenced 14 men convicted of being homosexuals to three years in jail each for “abnormal” sexual relations, a defence lawyer said. Cairo – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet Ishaq Wadie said the men were released on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($283, 230 euros) each until an appeals trial. The trial of three other suspects was delayed over procedural reasons, the lawyer said. Homosexuality is not expressly outlawed in Egypt, but gays have previously been charged ... Read More »

Mladic is convicted but jury is still out on Yugoslav tribunal

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It is not clear if the war crimes tribunal has been a deterrent to other perpetrators Ray Murphy The Irish Times Gen Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb commander, has been found guilty of war crimes and other serious violations of international law. This was the last trial judgment to be delivered by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia before its closure at the end of this year. It is one of the most important trials conducted by ... Read More »

Prague appeals court to rule on Russian hacker extradition to US

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A Prague appeals court is due to rule on an appeal by a Russian man who faces charges of hacking computers at American companies against a lower court decision allowing his extradition to the United States. PRAGUE – The Associated Press Hurriyet Czech authorities arrested Yevgeniy Nikulin in Prague in cooperation with the FBI in October, 2016. He is accused by U.S. prosecutors of penetrating computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox in 2012. Moscow also wants him ... Read More »