China executes eight, including Tiananmen attackers

The Tiananmen crash killed five people and injured 38 others

China has executed eight people in the north-western region of Xinjiang, for what it calls “terrorist” attacks, reports the state news agency Xinhua. Three of those executed had been convicted of an attack in Tiananmen Square in Beijing last October, in which five people died, Xinhua said. The others were found guilty of crimes including bomb-making and arson. The government ... Read More »

Changes to Australian Security Laws Will Make Illegally Obtained Evidence Permissible In Court


Politicians are preparing to scrap decades worth of laws that protect citizens from wholesale spying and guarantee the right to a fair trial—and they haven’t even read the legislation they want passed. A public hearing was held yesterday (Monday 18 August) in a squirrely back room of Parliament on the raft of legislation being hurried through as part of the National ... Read More »

25 Sentenced for Terrorism in Western China

Chinese authorities in July distributed wanted posters for men accused of terror attacks in Xinjiang, China. A court this week sentenced 25 people to prison for taking part in “terrorist” activities and “harboring criminals.” Credit Ng Han Guan/Associated Press

BEIJING — A court in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang has sentenced 25 people to prison for taking part in “terrorist” activities and “harboring criminals,” according to a report on Tuesday by People’s Court Daily, an official publication. The names of the 25 people sentenced indicated that they were all from the Uighur ethnic minority. The largely Muslim group populates several ... Read More »

Tony Abbott’s Gag Order Reflex


WikiLeaks has revealed a nationwide gag order has been issued by the Australian courts, preventing the press from reporting on allegations of bribery involving several political leaders and key economic institutions of Australia. The suppression order, issued by the Supreme Court of Victoria, is wide in nature. It stops Australian media from reporting on allegations of bribery, which involve several regional ... Read More »

We almost certainly execute innocent people with cruelty. This isn’t justice

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Given the flaws in Cameron Todd Willingham’s case, how can we ever be certain of the guilt of anyone sentenced to death?  Jump to comments Recent events have revealed a fundamental truth about capital punishment in the United States: lethal injections administered by the states have an alarming tendency to torture people to death. There were terribly botched executions in Florida in ... Read More »

Pussy Riot pair sue Russia over imprisonment


Two members of the feminist group, Pussy Riot, are suing the Russian government over their imprisonment for a protest in a Moscow cathedral. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova say their prosecutions amounted to torture. They have filed a case at the European Court of Human Rights against Russia, seeking compensation. The pair are demanding 120,000 euros (£95,000) each in damages, ... Read More »

Cauldron controversy: why the Olympic settlement is a milestone for designers


Bright idea … fireworks above the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images The settlement between Atopia and Locog is one of the few legal wranglings over intellectual property to become public – and shows just how hard it is to prove an idea is one of a kind News that the ... Read More »

The Netherlands Says the Murder of Dutch Citizens on MH17 Was a War Crime


The news: Dutch prosecutors are launching a new investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 — and are now calling the murder of all on board a war crime. The majority of the victims in the July 17 crash — 193 out of 298 total passengers — were Dutch citizens. To underline just how sobering that number is, Vox outlined that MH17 claimed a bigger share of the ... Read More »