Law & Order

Uruguay’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health

Germán Velásquez is the Special Adviser for Health and Development of the South Centre. By Germán Velásquez In a landmark decision that has been hailed as a victory of public health measures against narrow commercial interests, an international tribunal has dismissed a claim by tobacco giant company Philip Morris that the… Source: Uruguay’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health | Inter Press Service Read More »

Triggs to Act As Indigenous Social Justice Commissioner

Australian Human Rights Commission president Professor Gillian Triggs has been appointed as the acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner for three months while a selection process is undertaken to replace former commissioner Mick Gooda. Indigenous advocate Gooda resigned to take up his appointment as one of two royal commissioners investigating child protection and… Source: Triggs to Act As Indigenous Social Justice Commissioner – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

Distressed man leads to discovery of 23 ‘slaves’ in Meath

Six people arrested after man, believed to be Romanian, fled house to raise alarm Thursday was an uneventful day at Cassidy’s Tyre Centre, at the side of the R162 in Castletown, near Nobber in Co Meath – until a middle-aged man made a run for the garage from a cottage over a kilometre away, clutching a piece of paper… Source: Distressed man leads to discovery of 23 ‘slaves’ in Meath Read More »

US to ditch private prisons

Privately-run prisons are not as safe or effective as government-run facilities and will be phased out, the United States says.. The Bureau of Prisons began contracting with privately operated institutions in 1997 to alleviate overcrowding and in response to orders from the US Congress… Source: US to ditch private prisons | Radio New Zealand News Read More »

Turkey: New wave of arrests against journalists leave renowned author Aslı Erdoğan in prison

7 August 2017 – PEN International is very concerned about the detention of Aslı Erdoğan, a renowned novelist, columnist and human rights activist, in Turkey following a police raid into her apartment. Her arrest comes alongside more than 20 other journalists and employees from Özgür Gündem newspaper, a pro-Kurdish opposition daily, which was shut down by decree as part of the state of emergency in the country following the failed coup of 15 July 2016. Two further journalists from IMC TV, ... Read More »

Greece vows action to seek WWII reparations from Germany

ATHENS, Greece –  Greece’s prime minister is vowing to exhaust diplomatic and, if necessary, legal means to wrest reparations from Germany for its brutal occupation of the country in World War II. Alexis Tsipras urged Germany — the main European contributor to Greece’s massive bailout program — to enter negotiations on the matter, which Berlin says has been comprehensively settled in the… Source: Greece vows action to seek WWII reparations from Germany | Fox News Read More »

From expected reoffender to trusted neighbour: why we should rethink our prisons

There were 26,163 people serving sentences in Australian prisons in 2015. Around 90% of these people will return to the community within ten years. But will they return to the community equipped with the skills, capabilities and motivation they need to avoid re-offending? Not likely, according to… Source: From expected reoffender to trusted neighbour: why we should rethink our prisons Read More »

Can the law come to the rescue of abused asylum seekers and refugees?

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Since the publication of the Nauru files, plenty of legal advice has surfaced on how to redress the abuse of refugees and asylum seekers in offshore detention Richard Ackland What can be done to redress the horrible mistreatment of people held in offshore detention? Can Peter Dutton or any of his servants or agents… Source: Can the law come to the rescue of abused asylum seekers and refugees? | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Thai police say wave of attacks connected, one arrested

A series of bombing and arson attacks in southern Thailand that killed four people and wounded dozens was orchestrated by a single person, Thai police said yesterday, while a man has been arrested in relation to one of the attacks.. Blasts on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 targeted some of Thailand’s best-known tourist resorts, just days after Thais voted to accept a military-backed constitution that paves the way for an election at the end of 2017… Source: Thai police say ... Read More »

Belfast rights campaigner begins legal challenge to Brexit

Raymond McCord, whose son was killed by UVF, takes case over peace process concerns Alan Erwin in Belfast A campaigner for the rights of victims of the Troubles has launched the first legal challenge in Northern Ireland to the UK leaving the European Union… Source: Belfast rights campaigner begins legal challenge to Brexit Read More »

Australian diplomats in UK and New Zealand may be called in to explain Nauru files

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British and NZ governments are facing calls to summon Australian high commissioners to explain revelations of child abuse and sexual assault The UK and New Zealand governments are facing calls to summon Australian high commissioners to explain revelations of child abuse and sexual assault in more than 2,000 reports… Source: Australian diplomats in UK and New Zealand may be called in to explain Nauru files | News | The Guardian Read More »

Custodial Cultures – What Are We Breeding?

More revelations of horrific child abuse at the Nauru detention centre following on from the shocking footage of abuse in the Northern Territory youth detention centre Don Dale raise some fundamental issues for the charity and Not for Profit sector, writes David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council for Australia… Source: Custodial Cultures – What Are We Breeding? – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

Complaints made after judge trades insults with defendant in court

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Patricia Lynch QC responded in kind to offensive remarks made by John Hennigan, in the dock for using racist language Complaints have been made against a judge who verbally abused a defendant in a retaliatory exchange after he launched a foul-mouthed tirade at her from the… Source: Complaints made after judge trades insults with defendant in court | UK news | The Guardian Read More »

More Australians Missing Out on Community Legal Assistance

The latest legal census by the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) has found that as many as 160,000 Australians were turned away from Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in 2014/15 – up by at least 30,000 from the previous census.. The third annual national census was conducted by NACLC as a survey of CLCs across Australia. More than 130 CLCs completed the census using data from the 2014/15 financial year… Source: More Australians Missing Out on Community Legal Assistance ... Read More »

Scores killed in Ethiopia protest crackdown

Security forces accused of shooting dead people in Oromia and Amhara regions in attempt to suppress wave of protests.. Scores of people were killed across Ethiopia’s Oromia and Amhara regions at the weekend as the security forces brutally suppressed a new wave of anti-government protests in two key regions… Source: Scores killed in Ethiopia protest crackdown – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

The breaking down of the European Convention on Human Rights, and the UK’s responsibility

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Numerous members of the new Government have stated that they want a greater role in the world for a post-Brexit UK, rather than a diminished one. George Stafford If the Government is to be diplomatically resurgent, what sort of challenges might it wish to confront? It could do far worse than face up to the… The breaking down… Read More »