Law & Order

The needs of the land and the needs of the people can’t be separated

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I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. For the trees have no tongues – Dr Zeuss Robert Scholes The Conversation The national conversation about land, always simmering in South Africa, has come to the boil again. What’s often missing… The needs of… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

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Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim populations. George Williams Brisbane Times Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a move. The idea has… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »

Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye leaves Blue House

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Seoul: Disgraced South Korean leader Park Geun-hye has left the presidential Blue House bound for her private home and facing possible prosecution and jail, two days after a court dismissed her over a… Brisbane Times AAP Park left the compound on Sunday in a motorcade of fast-driving black cars, flanked by police motorbikes, after… Ousted South Korean… Read More »

‘These are dangerous times’: the man who sued George W Bush and the Iraq war

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Inder Comar is a San Francisco lawyer whose usual clients are tech startups: could he bring the only case against the planners of the 2002… Dave Eggers The Guardian In the lobby of the James R Browning courthouse in San Francisco, there was a digital sign listing that day’s cases. At 9.30am on Monday 12… ‘These are dangerous… Read More »

Human rights lawyers ‘not valued’ in Aus

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A prominent Victorian barrister has highlighted the insignificance Australia places on human rights lawyers, saying it may be a reflection of a dangerous and profoundly wrong phenomenon plaguing the nation. Emma Ryan Lawyers Weekly Speaking to Lawyers Weekly, Julian Burnside (pictured), Victorian barrister and the chair of fortyfivedownstairs Inc, said one of the major issues facing human rights lawyers today is that they’re not much valued, unless they happen… Human rights lawyers… Read More »

Hope for justice in Syria from an unlikely source

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An independent mechanism established by the UNGA is working towards abolishing the rein of criminal impunity in Syria. David Tolbert Al Jazeera News Six years into the carnage in Syria, atrocious crimes run rampant, with savage abuses committed against all groups in the devastated country, and the murderous regime, abetted by powerful allies, is still in power. The United Nations… Hope for justice… Read More »

Bangladesh’s new child marriage law swings in the wrong direction

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Bangladesh is a global poster child when it comes to improving women’s status in the developing and the Muslim worlds. M Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj The Conversation It also outranks all of its South Asian neighbours in terms of gender equality. The World Economic Forum’s… Bangladesh’s new child… Read More »

‘Civil war’ over Homeland Security push

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Sky News has confirmed ASIO and the Australian Federal police have recently advised against creating a US-style Department of… Sky News with AAP The government is considering a proposal to merge at least half a dozen relevant federal agencies from two departments into a… ‘This proposal is very controversial in the government and… ‘Civil war’ over… Read More »

How Muslim Ban incites vigilante Islamophobic violence

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Trump’s state-sponsored Islamophobia will expose more than merely Muslims to xenophobic violence and vigilantism. Khaled A Beydoun Al Jazeera News On Monday, March 6, in Washington, DC, Donald Trump issued another executive order restricting the entry of Muslims. The second rendition… How Muslim Ban… Read More »

French take to the street, banging pots to decry corruption

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Paris: Banging pots in anger, several hundred people in Paris are protesting corruption in French politics as the two leading presidential candidates face legal… The Age AP Left-wing activists and other frustrated voters gathered on Sunday at Place de… French take to… Read More »

The high costs of abandoning international law

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Even before Donald Trump put America first, the Republican Party had largely walked away from international treaty law. Jeffrey D. Sachs Boston Globe Now Trump’s “America First” is likely to mean a further denigration of international law and process, to the further detriment of America’s national security and long-term interests. Consider the following… The high costs… Read More »

Updating Cyprus’ money-laundering record

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Just over two weeks ago, Transparency International published a report called “Top Secret Countries Keep Financial Crime Fighting Data to… Fiona Mullen in.cyprus Transparency and good preventive practices are important because money-laundering cases are difficult to… The Magnitksy case, for example, has been open in… Updating Cyprus’ money… Read More »

Federal Ban Is Barring Access To Medical Marijuana For Veterans

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Medical marijuana laws are expanding in states across the U.S., but veterans are still struggling to access programs due to the continued… Steve Birr The Daily Caller A growing chorus of veteran groups are petitioning the government to ease restrictions on federal marijuana… The continued classification of marijuana as a… Federal Ban Is… Read More »

Women prisoners avoid reoffending with help of mentoring program

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A newly established Women’s Justice Network is calling on the corporate sector to throw a lifeline to women prisoners and support mentoring programs that reduce reoffending. Philippa McDonald ABC The programs, run by the Women in Prison Advocacy Network since 2008, which match prisoners with volunteer mentors, have reduced recidivism by 93 per cent among those who complete a mentoring course. Ally Colquitt, 33… Women prisoners avoid… Read More »

Kenya: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis

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Political tensions are rising in Kenya ahead of elections in August for the presidency and other senior… Murithi Mutiga ICG Measures taken now can avert the risk of a repeat of electoral violence that killed hundreds of people in… Kenyans go to the polls in August, and fierce contests are likely in the race for the… Kenya: Avoiding Another… Read More »

Bali nine family critical of Turnbull government death penalty decision

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The family of executed Bali nine drug smuggler Andrew Chan says the Turnbull government is putting more Australians at risk of the firing squad by turning its back on a plan to change police intelligence… Adam Gartrell The Sydney Morning Herald The government has quietly rejected a recommendation made by a… Bali nine family… Read More »