David Penberthy: Why some sentences can make the public question our courts

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TWO court cases, two very different defendants, two very different sentences. The Advertiser - David Penberthy One defendant sick with remorse and wishing himself dead, refusing to appeal because he believed he deserved what was coming to him, even though there was no criminal intent behind his actions. The other defendant, exposed for the pig that he is by a mountain ... Read More »

Turkish cartoonists sentenced to jail for insulting Erdoğan

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Two cartoonists for the popular satirical weekly Penguen have been jailed to 11 months in prison, over a satirical piece on free speech in which they were convicted of including a hidden gesture “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Ayşegül Usta – ISTANBUL – Hurriyet Cartoonists Bahadır Baruter and Özer Aydoğan were sued for the Aug. 21, 2014, cover of ... Read More »

Nick Xenophon’s plea to Indonesia on Bali nine clemency

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Nick Xenophon has written an open letter in Bahasa Indonesia to our northern neighbours calling for clemency for the Bali nine duo. The Age - Nick Xenophon Permohonanku kepada Rakyat Indonesia Tetangga kami yang baik, Bangsa Indonesia, Anda tidak mengenal saya, namun di antara umat manusia yang berpihak pada kemauan baik, kita tidak mengenal istilah “orang asing”, kita hanyalah teman-teman yang ... Read More »

Comment: Death, memory and mercy

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Just how effective is the death penalty in deterring drug trafficking? SBS - By Monica Attard Australians are no longer under any illusion about how Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan will be killed by Indonesia if their latest legal appeals fail. There’s no need to rehash the gory detail. But if Indonesia gets its way, the legacy of the Bali duo will ... Read More »

Barry Jones: The deep bilateral hypocrisy on the death penalty

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The looming executions of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia cannot be examined in isolation. They illustrate how the death penalty is always highly politicised; that rhetoric appeals to patriotic feeling; that hostility to the advice or requests of outsiders is deeply resented and counter-productive. The Conversation – Barry Jones * During Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s (SBY) ten-year presidency, there ... Read More »

Pakistan ends death penalty suspension after seven years

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BBC – Pakistan is to resume executions for all death penalty offences, months after a moratorium was partially lifted to allow executions of terror convicts. All condemned prisoners who have exhausted the appeals process and whose pleas for clemency are rejected now face execution, officials say. Executions were suspended for seven years until some resumed after the Peshawar school massacre in ... Read More »

Egypt carries out first execution over Morsi clashes

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BBC – Egypt has carried out the first death sentence handed down over the violence that followed the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Mahmoud Ramadan, a supporter of the deposed leader and convicted of murder, was hanged. The charge related to an incident when youths were thrown from a building in the city of Alexandria. Hundreds of people have ... Read More »

Being Pro-Choice Isn’t Just About Abortion


We’re all pro-choice aren’t we? All us reasonable people anyway. Not religious extremists or UKIP voters, but everyone else. But while I imagine people reading this probably consider themselves pro-choice, but not everyone knows what the term should really mean. Rebecca Schiller Vice This article originally appeared on VICE UK. People talk confidently about choice, but the small print on their ... Read More »