Prosecutors again demand life imprisonment for Turkish sociologist Selek

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Turkish prosecutors have once again demanded life imprisonment for Turkish sociologist Pınar Selek for allegedly being involved in the bombing of Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar in 1998, in a Kafkaesque judicial procedure that has been overturned four times so far. Selek’s lawyers once again stressed the lack of concrete evidence of her implication during the hearing on Dec. 5. The feminist ... Read More »

Ohio Republicans push law to keep all details of executions secret

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Republican lawmakers in Ohio are rushing through the most extreme secrecy bill yet attempted by a death penalty state, which would withhold information on every aspect of the execution process from the public, media and even the courts. The Guardian Ed Pilkington in New York HB 663 would bar courts from access to essential information State has experienced four botched executions ... Read More »

EU court rules UK government must clean up dangerous air pollution

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UK government must urgently improve air quality in British cities following a landmark case that could see more vehicles restricted from city centres The government will be forced to urgently clean up illegal air pollution in British cities following a ruling on Wednesday in the European court of justice. It is likely to see many diesel cars and heavy goods ... Read More »

Turkish Constitutional Court urges investigation of civil servants for Dink murder

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Civil servants and institutions allegedly implicated in the murder of the Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink should be investigated, the Constitutional Court stated in its detailed ruling on the case on Nov. 12. The top Turkish court said the case was not probed efficiently and the victim’s rights were violated, in a ruling issued last July. In its detailed ruling, the ... Read More »

High Court win for asylum seekers against relocation argument. Stop the deportation of Afghan asylum seekers

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The High Court finding that the Refugee Review Tribunal had failed to properly consider whether it was reasonable for an Afghan asylum seeker to relocate to Kabul because security for Hazaras was ‘relatively good’ has serious implications for the government’s recent moves to deport Afghan asylum seekers (See the decision here). “We are calling on the government to immediately halt ... Read More »

Inside the Notorious Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre


Susan wrings her hands and twitches as she speaks, jerking her head from side to side. She is clearly not well. “I ate washing powder to try and kill myself,” says the nervous woman in her fifties. Her eyes flash wild. “It was all I could find. I wanted to die. I would rather die than go back.” Susan, whose ... Read More »

Paris Festival Censors Photo of Mother-Daughter Embrace


A photograph of a mother and her young daughter embracing has been removed from a gallery exhibition in Paris after seven anonymous letters prompted the gallerist and the director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) to censor the work. The photograph in question, titled “Mother and Daughter II” (2014), is a composite of four images showing the artist, Diane ... Read More »

Calls to Ban Toxic Chemicals Fall on Deaf Ears Around the World


When Denis Bibeyran was diagnosed at the age of 47 with bile tract cancer – a rare form of the disease usually found in men at least 20 years older than him – his sister Marie put it down to bad luck. Around the vineyards of Bordeaux, where they lived and worked, cancer among men his age was common and ... Read More »

The Pistorius Trial Is a Parable About Celebrity, Not South Africa


ven as the world’s media began to converge on Pretoria’s High Court for the final act in the Oscar Pistorius drama, officials of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority were considering their options in a hauntingly similar case. Pistorius, as we know, was charged with murder after discharging four bullets into a locked toilet cubicle. He believed an intruder was lurking ... Read More »

Iran hangs Reyhaneh Jabbari despite campaign

A Facebook campaign calling for a halt to the execution appeared to have won a temporary stay

Iran has executed a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her. Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in a Tehran prison despite an international campaign urging a reprieve. Jabbari was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s ministry of intelligence. Human rights group Amnesty International said she ... Read More »