Law & Order

China corruption crackdown jails senior judge

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A former vice president of the Supreme People’s Court is sent to prison for life in an ongoing nationwide crackdown on… Reuters Asia Times A Chinese court on Thursday jailed for life a former senior judge from the country’s highest court, after finding him guilty of corruption, state media said, the latest official to fall foul of a… Xi Xiaoming, a… China corruption crackdown… Read More »

Australians believe 18C protections should stay

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While debate over the merits of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act continues to rage, new research shows that an overwhelming majority of Australians support legislation that prevents insults on the basis of race, culture or religion. Andrew Jakubowicz, Kevin Dunn and Rachel Sharples The Conversation We found that just 10% of Australians believe people should have the freedom to “insult” and “offend” people on the basis of race, culture or religion. Over 75% are… Australians believe 18C… Read More »

Spain’s Princess Cristina acquitted, husband jailed

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Cristina ordered to pay fines and Inaki Urdangarin given six-year sentence for charges including fraud and tax evasion. Al Jazeera The husband of Spain’s Princess Cristina has been sentenced to more than six years in prison on charges including fraud and tax evasion, while the… A panel of judges ruled on Friday that Cristina, the… Spain’s Princess Cristina… Read More »

Is Prison the Answer to Violence?

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An advocate (and survivor) makes the case for another approach. Bill Keller The Marshall Project Danielle Sered is the founder and director of Common Justice, which works with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office and crime victims to negotiate alternatives to prison for people who commit violent felonies. Her report, “Accounting… Is Prison the… Read More »

Do Iranian MPs want to send working women back home?

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On Jan. 15, Iranian lawmakers approved a new law that would oblige state-run and public organizations to accept early retirement requests of female employees who have worked at least 20 years, without pushing any age limit. Alireza Ramezani Al Monitor At present, the age limit for early retirement of women covered by the Social Security Organization (SSO) is 52. The law needs… Do Iranian MPs… Read More »

‘Time to stand up’: Nicholls introduces domestic violence bill

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The LNP has introduced a private member’s bill to crack down on domestic violence offenders in Queensland. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times The bill comes after the murder of Gold Coast mum Teresa Bradford by her estranged husband while he was on bail. Her funeral was… ‘Time to stand… Read More »

Why can’t Muslims talk about the Muslim ban on US TV?

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US cable news media’s coverage of Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ featured predominantly white men instead of Muslims. Khaled A Beydoun Al Jazeera News In his landmark work, Orientalism, Edward Said theorised that Muslims are fundamentally subjects of study and scrutiny for Western outsiders, systematically excluded from the enterprise of contributing and commenting on… Why can’t Muslims… Read More »

Coalition to change native title laws to protect mining and agriculture deals

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George Brandis announces bill to reverse court ruling that threw land use agreements thrown into doubt, including deal between Adani and… Joshua Robertson The Guardian The Turnbull government will change native title laws to protect land use agreements thrown into doubt by a recent court ruling, including a… Coalition to change… Read More »

Researcher Illegally Shares Millions of Science Papers Free Online to Spread Knowledge

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Welcome to the Pirate Bay of science Fiona Macdonald ScienceAlert A researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles – almost every single peer-reviewed paper every published – freely available online. And she’s now refusing to shut the site down, despite a court injunction and a lawsuit from Elsevier, one of the… Researcher Illegally Shares… Read More »

Invasive spyware’s odd targets: Mexican advocates of soda tax

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San Francisco: Last northern summer, Dr Simon Barquera’s phone started buzzing with a series of disturbing text messages from unknown… The Canberra Times New York Times One said his daughter had been in a serious accident. Another claimed to be from a friend whose father had died – with a link to funeral… Yet another message informed Barquera, director of… Invasive spyware’s odd… Read More »

The Opcat treaty could revolutionise Australia’s treatment of detainees

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You may never have heard of it, but Australia’s decision to ratify this treaty could be its single most positive step in improving life for prisoners Edward Santow The Guardian The federal government has announced it will ratify and implement the Opcat treaty. Few people will… The Opcat treaty… Read More »

Australia urged to act as outrage over Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya grows

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Bangkok: A coalition of organisations has called on the Australian government to urgently pressure Myanmar authorities to condemn atrocities, including the slaughter of babies, in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State and… Lindsay Murdoch The Canberra Times “The recounts from Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar are horrific and truly devastating,” said Kate Lee, executive officer of… Australia urged to… Read More »

Breaking Up the Family as a Way to Break Up the Mob

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REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy — Fighting the mafia at the very toe of Italy, Roberto Di Bella has seen a lot: children as young as 11 or 12 serving as lookouts during murders, attending drug deals and… Gaia Pianigiani The New York Times But it was the day he charged the younger brother of a minor he had jailed years before that he decided to take a… Breaking Up the… Read More »

Australian citizen, former East Timorese minister fights against ‘unfair’ seven-year jail sentence for corruption

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East Timor’s former finance minister and dual Australian citizen Emilia Pires is fighting to have her name cleared over charges she corruptly awarded a $1 million contract to her husband’s company in… ABC Pires has been sentenced to seven years’ jail, and sought to have her appeal referred to a… Australian citizen, former… Read More »

Juvenile justice to face scrutiny after Australia ratifies torture treaty

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Attorney general George Brandis announces optional protocol to the convention against torture will finally be ratified Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson and Paul Karp The Guardian Australia has promised to ratify an international treaty that will bring all its detention sites – including juvenile justice centres such as Don Dale and… Juvenile justice to… Read More »

Romanian justice minister resigns after angry anti-corruption protests

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Plan to decriminalise offences and issue jail pardons prompted hundreds of thousands of Romanians to take to the… Kit Gillet in Bucharest The Guardian Romania’s justice minister has resigned following the largest street protests in the country since the fall of communism in… Florin Iordache was one of the… Romanian justice minister… Read More »