Law & Order

Hundreds arrested as French police assault student protests against labour reform

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After more than a million workers and youth marched Thursday in defiance of the state of emergency to protest Socialist Party (PS) labour minister Myriam El Khomri’s law, security forces yesterday violently attacked continuing demonstrations against the reactionary labour law reform… Source: Hundreds arrested as French police assault student protests against labour reform – World Socialist Web Site Read More »

When it comes to crime, Indigenous Australians and African Americans deserve a ‘sentencing discount’

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Except in cases of violent crime, the most disadvantaged and overrepresented offenders in the court system should automatically receive a reduction in sentencing. Sentencing criminals involves the deliberate infliction of suffering and pain. There are many ways of determining how much hardship should be… Source: When it comes to crime, Indigenous Australians and African Americans deserve a ‘sentencing discount’ | Mirko Bagaric | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Worldwide Executions Surge To Highest Levels In 25 Years: Report

The U.S. ranks fifth worldwide for annual executions. Worldwide use of the death penalty rose sharply last year, with 2015 tallying the highest number of executions in 25 years, according to a report released Tuesday by Amnesty International… Source: Worldwide Executions Surge To Highest Levels In 25 Years: Report Read More »

Cyber justice: how technology is supporting victim-survivors of rape

We tend to think of “justice” as meaning having one’s day in court – and that justice is done when the perpetrator is convicted and punished. But for many victim-survivors of sexual violence, that day may never come. While one in five Australian women and one in 22 men will experience sexual violence in… Source: Cyber justice: how technology is supporting victim-survivors of rape Read More »

Drug addiction should be treated like a learning disorder – not a crime

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People who misuse drugs are often jailed – the US has 25% of the world’s prisoners. But learning-based treatment would work much better. Since entering recovery 28 years ago, I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about the conundrum of addiction. The most commonly accepted definition – the one used in psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual… Source: Drug addiction should be treated like a learning disorder – not a crime | Maia Szalavitz | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

President Jacob Zuma to face impeachment motion in South African parliament

Johannesburg: South Africa’s parliament is set to debate a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said, after a top court ruled the president had violated the constitution. South Africa’s constitutional court ruled on Thursday that Mr Zuma had failed to uphold the constitution by ignoring orders from the public protector that he repay some of the $16 million… Source: President Jacob Zuma to face impeachment motion in South African parliament Read More »

Subverting Myanmar’s Constitution for Its Own Good

Democracy needs flexibility.. When the first act of a new legislature is to circumvent its country’s written constitution, it’s usually a bad sign. Not so in Myanmar, where the democratically elected parliament moved last week to create the post of “state counselor” and give the job to Aung San Suu Kyi, the… Source: Subverting Myanmar’s Constitution for Its Own Good – Bloomberg View Read More »

Iran appoints new attorney general

The Iranian judiciary chief has appointed the head of Iran’s Court of Administrative Justice as the country’s new attorney general. Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani issued a directive on Sunday, assigning Mohammad Jafar Montazeri to the position. The directive read, “It is hoped… Source: PressTV-Iran appoints new attorney general Read More »

Doctors urge radical reduction in blood-alcohol limits, increasing drinking age

Access to alcohol would be drastically reduced under a radical rethink of liquor laws, taxes and sales being urged by one of the country’s most influential groups of doctors. The blood-alcohol limit for all drivers would decrease from .05 to .02 and then to zero, while the legal drinking age would rise and governments would further restrict the trading hours of licensed premises and bottle… Source: Doctors urge radical reduction in blood-alcohol limits, increasing drinking age Read More »

Incarceration-for-profit: when the commercial imperative clashes with proper justice

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Contracting out the punishment of criminals to private companies creates conflict with the way the state is supposed to be responsible for upholding criminal justice… Source: Incarceration-for-profit: when the commercial imperative clashes with proper justice | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Azerbaijan opens probe against prominent writer

Azerbaijan has opened a criminal case against a prominent author who has been a target of a state-approved intimidation campaign after publishing a novel he says was intended to build bridges with arch-foe Armenia… Source: Azerbaijan opens probe against prominent writer – CAUCASUS Read More »

Legal Aid Act has denied justice to the most vulnerable. It must be reviewed

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Every day, our members and the people we support see the impact of the measures implemented in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. We believe the legal aid reforms have had a severe impact on the ability of vulnerable people to access justice since they came into effect on 1 April 2013. We… Source: Legal Aid Act has denied justice to the most vulnerable. It must be reviewed | Letters | Law | The Guardian Read More »

Aboriginal Justice Agency seeks High Court appeal to set safeguards around police powers

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The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) today sought permission from the High Court to appeal a Northern Territory decision concerning police powers of ‘protective custody’. NAAJA’s principal lawyer, Jonathon Hunyor, said that in the Northern Territory, the protective custody powers are used approximately 10,000 times each year, with over 90 percent of the people locked up being Aboriginal. “Locking drunk people up cannot simply become routine. Standards should be in place to ensure police turn their mind to other ... Read More »

Former Leighton executives to be called to Senate bribery inquiry

Australian executives, including former managers at Leighton Holdings, will be hauled before the Senate’s inquiry into foreign bribery to explain their part in the alleged oil industry bribery racket exposed by Fairfax Media… Source: Former Leighton executives to be called to Senate bribery inquiry Read More »

Overhaul ‘broken system’ of dealing with domestic violence, says royal commission

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Victorian premier Daniel Andrews pledges to introduce all 227 proposals, including support for victims to return to homes and get through court cases • Follow all the reaction to the commission’s recommendations here… Source: Overhaul ‘broken system’ of dealing with domestic violence, says royal commission | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

There’s Nothing ‘PC’ About Objecting To Racial Profiling, It Just Doesn’t Work

OPINION: Critics say opposition to racial profiling hampers police, and accuse activists of being politically correct. But as the evidence makes clear, the discriminatory practice in fact lowers the success rate of searches. On top of harming minority groups it also wastes time and resources, writes Tamar Hopkins. Victoria Police’s zero tolerance policy on racialMore… Source: There’s Nothing ‘PC’ About Objecting To Racial Profiling, It Just Doesn’t Work – New Matilda Read More »