Law & Order

Asylum seekers: Australia’s silence over ‘on-water matters’ faces legal test

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Freedom of information case pursued by Guardian Australia journalist Paul Farrell to be heard in administrative appeals tribunal A landmark freedom of information case set to be heard on Monday will test whether the Australian government can hide details of asylum seeker boat… Source: Asylum seekers: Australia’s silence over ‘on-water matters’ faces legal test | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Rethinking youth justice: there are alternatives to juvenile detention

The recent exposure of the abuse inflicted on child detainees at the Don Dale facility in the Northern Territory has shone a much-needed light on youth justice in Australia. Important questions are being asked about why these children were treated this way in detention. But we also need to ask why children are being detained at all… Source: Rethinking youth justice: there are alternatives to juvenile detention Read More »

Turkey admits some post-coup crackdown dismissals may be ‘unfair’

Turkey has admitted there may have been some “unfair” treatment in its post-coup crackdown as it voiced anger with Germany for barring President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from addressing a rally in Cologne. Retaliating after a military attempt to unseat him, Mr Erdogan has launched a purge that has seen tens of thousands people suspended from their jobs and almost 19,000 detained… Source: Turkey admits some post-coup crackdown dismissals may be ‘unfair’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Former bankers sentenced to jail over Anglo fraud scheme

Willie McAteer and John Bowe of Anglo and Denis Casey of Irish Life convicted of fraud Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Joe Brennan, Ciarán Hancock Three former bankers were in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin last night after receiving jail sentences for their roles in a €7 billion fraud committed at the height of the banking crisis in 2008… Source: Former bankers sentenced to jail over Anglo fraud scheme Read More »

Kurdish journalist Renas Lelikan accused of terror links denied bail

Kurdish journalist Renas Lelikan, who was arrested in Sydney last week and charged with being a member of a terrorist organisation, is denied bail.. Renas Lelikan, 38, is accused of being a member of the banned organisation, the PKK, which is fighting against the Islamic State (IS) terror group in northern Iraq… Source: Kurdish journalist Renas Lelikan accused of terror links denied bail – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Mistreatment of juveniles in Northern Territory detention could be classed as torture: UN expert

The mistreatment of juvenile detainees in the Northern Territory could amount to torture and is “very worrisome”, a UN expert on torture has said. Four Corners this week aired footage showing teenagers being tear-gassed, physically assaulted, forcefully stripped naked, shackled and hooded in Territory prisons and youth detention centres between 2010 and 2015… Source: Mistreatment of juveniles in Northern Territory detention could be classed as torture: UN expert – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

‘You are stupid’: Judge ‘insulted and demeaned’ lawyer in courtroom clashes

A judge repeatedly called a lawyer incompetent, called his questions “incredibly stupid”, called him “stupid”, and said his failings meant his client could not get a fair trial. The extraordinary clash between Victorian County Court Judge Mark Dean and defence counsel Benjamin Lindner in a criminal trial has Victorian legal circles buzzing, Fairfax Media understands… Source: ‘You are stupid’: Judge ‘insulted and demeaned’ lawyer in courtroom clashes Read More »

Human rights group backs doctors on whistleblowing

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Human rights group backs doctors on whistleblowing | Liberty Victoria A human rights group has swung behind doctors who want the right to disclose what happens in detention centres. Doctors for Refugees has filed a High Court challenge to the secrecy provisions in the Australian Border Force Act, contending that the laws inappropriately curtail people’s freedom to participate in political communication around conditions and care in detention. Liberty Victoria welcomed this critical development. The harsh laws were the subject of ... Read More »

Will post-sentence detention of convicted terrorists make Australia any safer?

Over the weekend, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged state and territory leaders to agree on the design of nationally consistent laws to enable convicted terrorists to be detained at the end of their prison sentences. This will be the first order of business when federal parliament resumes at the end of August… Source: Will post-sentence detention of convicted terrorists make Australia any safer? Read More »

Hearing key to reducing incarceration of Cape York youth

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ADDRESSING horrendous rates of ear infection in Cape York children has been identified as key to reducing an over-representation of indigenous people in Queensland prisons. Dominic Geiger, The Cairns Post The national spotlight has once again been shone on ­disproportionate rates of indigenous prisoner numbers, ­following an ABC Four Cornersepisode this week showing abuse of children in a Northern Territory juvenile detention centre… Source: Hearing key to reducing incarceration of Cape York youth | Cairns Post Read More »

Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court

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Section 42 carries a two-year jail term for anyone who makes an ‘unauthorised disclosure’ about conditions in the camps.. Doctors working in immigration detention are challenging the government’s contentious Border Force Act in the high court for their right to speak out publicly on behalf of the refugees and asylum seekers they treat… Source: Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Northern Territory’s royal commission into juvenile detention should include Queensland, lawyers say

Lawyers and support workers are calling for the management of Queensland’s juvenile detention centres to be included in the Northern Territory royal commission into the mistreatment of young inmates.. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to establish the royal commission after the ABC’s Four Corner’s exposed the disturbing mistreatment of boys in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin… Source: Northern Territory’s royal commission into juvenile detention should include Queensland, lawyers say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

The Round-up: Counter-Extremism Bill – Counter-Productive?

In the News In a new report on the much-delayed Counter-Extremism Bill, the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has concluded that the proposed legislation is confusing, unnecessary, and likely to be counter-productive. Though first announced by the Government in the Queen’s Speech in May 2015, the Bill itself has yet to appear. The JCHR report is a result of what was in effect a pre-legislative scrutiny Source: The Round-up: Counter-Extremism Bill – Counter-Productive? – UK Human Rights Blog Read More »

Philippines’ Duterte declares communist ceasefire

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced July 25 a unilateral cease-fire with communist rebels who are waging one of Asia’s longest insurgencies, and urged them to reciprocate.. Duterte made the announcement in his first “State of the Nation Address” to Congress as he laid the groundwork for peace talks with the communists that are due to begin in Norway next month… Source: Philippines’ Duterte declares communist ceasefire – ASIA Read More »

Nigeria pastor arrested for chaining up son for ‘stealing’

Nigerian police arrest a church pastor, accused of keeping his nine-year-old son chained up for more than a month as a punishment for stealing.. Police say they rescued the boy and arrested Pastor Francis Taiwo after a tip-off in the town of Ota in south-western Ogun State… Source: Nigeria pastor arrested for chaining up son for ‘stealing’ – BBC News Read More »

EU reduced to weak regional player unable to defend itself – Hungary’s Orban

The deadly shooting rampage in Europe’s leading nation, Germany, is a sign that Britain’s exit from the EU has reduced the bloc to a weak regional player unable to achieve any goals or protect its citizens, Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban said.. “Never before in my whole life I was as discouraged as after as the attack in Munich,” in which a lone gunman killed 9 people and injured 27 others on Friday, Orban said, according to Agerpres news agency… ... Read More »