Law & Order

It’s official! Australia in court re Crimes Against Humanity

A case has been lodged against the Australian Government for Crimes Against Humanity. No, not in the International Criminal Court – that’s still live, see Appendix below – but in the High Court in Australia and in relation to those hundreds of men detained illegally, as per the recent Supreme Court ruling in Papua New Guinea. The case has been raised by Russell Byrnes solicitors as a class action. It has been lodged successfully. but is yet to be formally listed. ... Read More »

Our detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed

The Prime Minister describes asylum seeker policy opponents as “misty eyed”. They are not – they are furious.. Many Australians may wonder why it was necessary to set up detention centres in the far north of the country, or offshore, far from the Australian mainland, surrounded by guards and razor wire, in circumstances of great secrecy, with all staff and visiting medical personnel banned… Source: Our detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed Read More »

Operation Fox Hunt: Law council says extradition treaty with China is ‘a joke’

Beijing: The national peak body representing the legal profession in Australia has urged the federal government not to ratify an extradition treaty with China, citing concerns the mainland’s criminal justice system lacked procedural fairness and was “steadily marching in the wrong direction”. Addressing the parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties in Canberra on Monday, the Law Council of Australia said there was no way to guarantee those extradited would be granted a fair trial, nor were there any effective measures to ... Read More »

John RWD Jones obituary

Human rights lawyer who helped ensure justice for some of the most demonised defendants.. The human rights barrister John RWD Jones devoted himself to helping those in peril in the courts. He was a leading architect of the nascent system of… Source: John RWD Jones obituary | Law | The Guardian Read More »

Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country

Germany will this week start its first war crimes trial over Syrian atrocities, as a mass refugee influx brings suspects into the country. Aria L., a 21-year-old German national and suspected jihadist, posted on Facebook photos of himself posing next to two decapitated heads in Syria — and his case is not the only one from the war-torn country to occupy German justice… Source: Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country – ... Read More »

Police seize $100,000 worth of fantasy in raids targeting party drug traffickers

A 14-month investigation into the supply of the party drug fantasy on the Gold Coast has resulted in police seizures of $100,000 worth of the drug.. Police say the dangerous drug, also known as GHB, was responsible for a death at Adelaide’s Stereostonic music festival in December and multiple overdoses in Sydney… Source: Police seize $100,000 worth of fantasy in raids targeting party drug traffickers Read More »

Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone

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In rich and poor countries, researchers turn to the Sci-Hub website. John Bohannon AAAS Just as spring arrived last month in Iran, Meysam Rahimi sat down at his university computer and immediately ran into a problem: how to get the scientific papers he needed. He had to write up a research proposal for his engineering Ph.D. at… Who’s downloading pirated… Read More »

Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the Manus Island regional processing centre will be closed following a ruling from the country’s Supreme Court. PNG’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday Australia’s detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island was illegal. Mr O’Neill has released a statement which said his… Source: Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

The Only Thing ‘Illegal’ About Asylum Seekers Is The Way Australia Treats Them

On 26 April, 2015, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court handed down a 5:0 ruling that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal. The Court ruled that detention in Manus breaches section 42 of PNG’s Constitution. Section 42 of the PNG Constitution provides (in part)… Source: The Only Thing ‘Illegal’ About Asylum Seekers Is The Way Australia Treats Them | Julian Burnside Read More »

Canberra rules out Australia for Manus detainees

The Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says detainees at its offshore detention facility on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea will not be brought back to Australia. PNG’s highest court ruled on Tuesday the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal… Source: Canberra rules out Australia for Manus detainees | Radio New Zealand News Read More »

Perth church protesters spared jail for refugee sit-in at Minister’s office

A group of Perth church leaders who staged a sit-in at Minister for Justice Michael Keenan’s office to protest against refugee children living in detention centres have been given spent convictions for trespassing and released on good behaviour bonds… Source: Perth church protesters spared jail for refugee sit-in at Minister’s office Read More »

PNG ruling leaves Australia further exposed

An unbending attitude may have served Peter Dutton well during his nine years in the Queensland Police Service and in his current portfolio of immigration, but stern rhetoric will not invalidate or override the practical effect of the PNG Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday… Source: PNG ruling leaves Australia further exposed Read More »

Urfa Masood to be Victoria’s first female Muslim magistrate

Urfa Masood, appointed by the Attorney-General on Tuesday, will be the first Muslim woman to sit on the bench of any Victorian court… Source: Urfa Masood to be Victoria’s first female Muslim magistrate Read More »

Manus Island asylum seekers to sue Australia over illegal detention

Refugees and asylum seekers detained on Manus Island under Australia’s off-shore processing system will seek hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in compensation after Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court found they were illegally imprisoned. A lawyer representing the men on Manus Island has told SBS they will pursue the… Source: Manus Island asylum seekers to sue Australia over illegal detention | SBS News Read More »

Viewpoint: How would Trump remove 11 million people from the US?

Lost in the most consistently astonishing US presidential campaign since the 1864 Democrats ran on a platform of conceding the Civil War, is a disturbing question that seems to bring into doubt the very premise of the American experiment. Exactly how would Donald Trump deport 11 million undocumented migrants from the US?.. Source: Viewpoint: How would Trump remove 11 million people from the US? – BBC News Read More »

Legal aid cuts have led to surge in DIY defence, says charity

Report finds rise in number of people appearing in court without lawyer, while experts warn vulnerable defendants are having to fend for themselves.. Miscarriages of justice and long delays in the criminal justice system are becoming more common because a growing number of people are having to… Source: Legal aid cuts have led to surge in DIY defence, says charity | Law | The Guardian Read More »