Papua New Guinea’s supreme court halts asylum seeker deportations

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Exclusive: immigration department will defy highest court in the land if it continues forcing men held on Manus to return to their countries of origin The Guardian – Ben Doherty, @bendohertycorro Papua New Guinea’s supreme court has stepped in to halt all deportations of asylum seekers back to their home countries, ordering an interim injunction late on Tuesday to stop ... Read More »

US launches secret bid to stop release of hunger-striking Guantánamo detainee

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Objection to freeing Tariq Ba Odah, who is 56% of his ideal body weight, comes as Obama administration fights to stop detainees seeking freedom in federal courts The Guardian – Spencer Ackerman in New York @attackerman In an extremely rare legal manoeuvre, the Obama administration has challenged a legal request to free a hunger-striking Guantánamo Bay detainee entirely in secret. ... Read More »

Scott Morrison loses High Court case against a refugee

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Former immigration minister Scott Morrison’s decision to refuse a Pakistani refugee a protection visa on a “national interest” basis has failed in the High Court. The Sydney Morning Herald – Sarah Whyte, Health and Indigenous affairs correspondent The court has unanimously found that the man, who arrived by boat on Christmas Island in 2012, be granted a permanent protection visa, ... Read More »

Adani mine: NSW Bar chides Tony Abbott over ‘sabotage’ comments

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Mark Kenny: Adani and government caught cutting corners Courts do not exist to further the interests of governments, the NSW Bar has told Prime Minister Tony Abbott, as it delivered him a sharp lesson in the separation of powers. The Sydney Morning Herald – Nicole Hasham, Environment and immigration correspondent The rebuke came after Mr Abbott on Friday said the overturned approval of Australia’s largest coal mine meant courts could ... Read More »

Former Bulgarian intelligence head sentenced to 10 years in jail

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Bulgaria’s former intelligence chief Kircho Kirov was sentenced to 10 years in jail on August 7 for misappropriation of public funds and violations of financial discipline, prosecutors said. Hurriyet - SOFIA – Reuters Kirov, convicted for misappropriating nearly 5 million levs ($2.8 million) and filing for more than 1,000 non-existent expenses between 2007 and 2011, denied any wrongdoing and will ... Read More »

Wikileaks says case of Canberra Defence leaker is ‘cautionary tale’ for whistleblowers

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WikiLeaks says the prosecution of a junior Canberra bureaucrat alleged to have posted secret information online should serve as a cautionary tale to potential whistleblowers. The Age – Michael Inman, Courts reporter for The Canberra Times. The organisation – which specialises in protecting those who wish to leak government secrets – urged would-be whistleblowers to seek expert help to disclose sensitive information. ... Read More »

For one Palestinian, no money can compensate for lost land

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RAMALLAH, West Bank — Al-Hage Abdul Rahman al-Qassem stood near the land he owns on the outskirts of the Beit El Israeli settlement, which was built on Palestinian land in northern Ramallah. He distributed sweets to passers-by, celebrating the ruling of the Supreme Court of Israel against the illegal construction there. Summary: A Palestinian man is celebrating his victory in Israel’s Supreme Court after a ... Read More »

Pakistan defies rights protests to hang ‘teen’ convict

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Pakistan on August 4 executed a man convicted of killing a child, brushing aside a storm of protests from rights groups that his confession had been extracted by torture and he was a minor at the time of the crime. Hurriyet – KARACHI – Agence France-Presse Shafqat Hussain was hanged shortly before dawn at a jail in Karachi for killing ... Read More »

US Supreme Court backs use of contentious execution drug

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BBC – The US Supreme Court has upheld the use of a contentious drug used in executions, saying it does not violate a ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling is a setback to opponents of the death penalty, who say midazolam is not suitable for lethal injections. The drug raised concerns after it was used in executions in ... Read More »

Mohamed Mursi death sentence puts Western democracies on notice

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Those who see Egypt’s brutal regime as a bulwark against the Islamic threat in some clash-of-civilisations drama have a shrivelled idea of our common humanity. The Canberra Times – Irfan Ahmad * In the coming days, the grand mufti of Egypt, the country’s senior religious official, is expected to pronounce on whether Mohamed Mursi, the country’s first democratically elected president, should be put ... Read More »