Law & Order

Strengthened hate speech laws pass NSW Parliament in ‘great day’ for Australia

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Inciting violence against a community or person based on their race in New South Wales could result in three years in jail under new laws which have passed State Parliament. Meredith Griffiths ABC The Keep New South Wales Safe Alliance, a coalition of about 31 community organisations and leaders, has been lobbying for the changes for three years, saying that previous provisions in the Anti-Discrimination Act had not led to a… They described the passing as a “great day for ... Read More »

Thailand: Resuming Death Penalty a Major Setback

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Government Executes a Prisoner After 9-Year Moratorium (New York) – The Thai government should halt further executions and publicly resume its de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said today. HRW Thai authorities executed a 26-year-old man by lethal injection on June 18, 2018, the country’s first execution since August 2009. “Thailand’s resumed use of the death penalty marks a major setback for human rights,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “The Thai government’s many pledges ... Read More »

You just got a speeding ticket in a driverless car. Who has to pay it?

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Queensland may need a new class of licence, the definition of a “driver” would need to be changed and insurance claims would be shaken up under the looming reality of driverless cars on our roads. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times QUT Professor Andry Rakotonirainy said laws and regulations would need to be changed before driverless cars were allowed to roam Australian streets. “If you look at the situation where you drive an autonomous car and you get a ticket, now who ... Read More »

‘Reason I live without fear’: We need to listen to this cop’s daughter

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There have been dozens of newspaper columns and thousands of social media posts over the death of Eurydice Dixon, killed more than a week ago as she walked home through Princes Park. John Silvester The Age There has been empathy, sadness, shock, and anger that resulted in a fair amount of blaming. Some were angry at police for suggesting people (read women) should be vigilant, for this was interpreted by many as blaming the victim herself. Others claimed this was ... Read More »

Brave international judges needed to champion trial rights, barrister says

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Australian Kate Gibson shares what life is like working as a barrister on the international stage and explains why achieving justice under intense political pressure is important for the legitimacy of UN-backed institutions. Melissa Coade LawyersWeekly Kate Gibson’s start as a corporate lawyer in Brisbane had little to do with the international career in criminal defence that she would go on to forge in Geneva. A member of St Philips Chambers in London and fluent French speaker, she has defended ... Read More »

Hungary passes ‘Stop Soros’ law banning help for migrants

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The Hungarian parliament has passed new legislation that criminalises lawyers and activists who help asylum seekers. BBC Anyone “facilitating illegal immigration” will face a year in jail. Viktor Orban’s government has dubbed the legislation the “Stop Soros law”, after the billionaire philanthropist it accuses of supporting Muslim migrants. The vote in Budapest came hours after a number of European Union leaders agreed to hold crisis talks on how to overhaul asylum rules. Hungary says immigration… Hungary passes ‘Stop… Read More »

Liviu Dragnea, Brussels’ oncoming ‘illiberal’ headache

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De facto leader in Bucharest tells POLITICO the EU needs to show Romania more respect. Carmen Paun Politico BUCHAREST — Just don’t call him Kaczyński. Liviu Dragnea, president of Romania’s ruling Social Democrats (PSD), may be running the country without being prime minister, like Poland’s Jarosław Kaczyński. And fears are rising at home and in Brussels that he is steering his country in the same “illiberal” direction as Poland and Viktor Orbán’s Hungary. The man himself dismisses talk of any similarity with ... Read More »

British Court Freezes Gazprom Assets For Payment To Ukraine

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The Commercial court in London today gave long-awaited orders to freeze assets of Gazprom in the UK for payment to Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz to settle a recent Stockholm Arbitration award. Tsarizm “Naftogaz today served Gazprom with an order to freeze assets in England and Wales. The order was issued by the Commercial Court in London on June 18, 2018 to enforce the Stockholm arbitration award, whereby Gazprom owes Naftogaz $2.6 bln. In addition to freezing assets, it requires Gazprom ... Read More »

The sound of children crying for their parents at the border

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(CNN)“I don’t want them to stop my father,” a child whispers in Spanish. “I don’t want them to deport him.” Emanuella Grinberg and Jamiel Lynch, CNN So begins an excruciating audio clip of children howling for their parents after being separated from them at the US-Mexico border. The audio was published Monday by the investigative nonprofit ProPublica. It adds a visceral element to the coverage of a controversial Trump administration policy of taking undocumented immigrant children from their families and putting them in government ... Read More »

Adamstown Heights child sexual assault case: “Naming and shaming” on social media can affect how a matter proceeds in court

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THE sexual assault of a child is confronting and sickening to any person who recognises the special vulnerability of children, and their lack of defences when adults abuse their power. Joanne McCarthy Newcastle Herald It is why the Australian public so strongly supported establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2012. As a community we said yes to a five-year inquiry that was, at its heart, about the rights of the child to remain innocent, safe, loved and ... Read More »

Why victims aren’t coming forward about forced marriages

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Since forced marriage was criminalised in March 2013, over 230 cases have been referred to the AFP, but advocates say this number does not reflect the real number at risk. Sandra Siagian ABC They are calling for more measures to be introduced to protect victims and provide a safe space for them to come forward. No prosecutions here — why? Since the criminalisation of forced marriage in Australia, there have been no successful prosecutions. Commander Lesa Gale, who heads the ... Read More »

Russia: Government vs. Rights Groups

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The Battle Chronicle For the past four years, the Kremlin has sought to stigmatize criticism or alternative views of government policy as disloyal, foreign-sponsored, or even traitorous. HRW It is part of a sweeping crackdown to silence critical voices that has included new legal restrictions on the internet, on freedom of expression, on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and on other fundamental freedoms. An enduring, central feature has been the 2012 law requiring independent groups ... Read More »

Massachusetts’ governor says family separations are “inhumane” and rescinds National Guard offer

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Amidst a wave of prominent Republican figures who have come out against the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy of separating the children of undocumented immigrants from their… Annabelle Timsit QUARTZ The Republican governor announced Monday (June 18) that, in light of the family separations, he is revoking his earlier pledge to send two National Guard military analysts and a helicopter to the… “Governor Baker directed the National Guard not to send any assets or personnel to the Southwest border today because the federal ... Read More »

Our democracy is more important than Facebook’s profits

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No one realised it at the time, but in 2004 a poison was created that is now spreading through and threatening the stability of democratic countries around the world. Lucy Battersby Brisbane Times The poison isn’t attacking government’s directly. Instead it infects the information flowing through society to the point that citizens are confused and misled away from making proper decisions. At its worst, this poison, this disinformation, prompts people to hunt down and hurt perceived enemies. Disinformation is spread ... Read More »

Bring Julian Assange Home

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The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy. The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have an historic opportunity to decide which it will be. John Pilger CounterPunch They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home. Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian ... Read More »

Technology is both a weapon and a shield for those experiencing domestic violence

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With growing recognition that domestic violence can be perpetuated using technology, there has been a an increase of news stories that focus on how abusers use it to coerce and control victims. Hadeel Al-Alosi The Conversation For example, when a man stole his ex-partner’s laptop so he could monitor her private Facebook messages. Or when a husband installed a GPS tracking device in his daughter’s doll to monitor his… But there’s also considerable potential for victims to use new technologies ... Read More »