Law & Order

Judge says WA is worst in world for meth

A senior judge says levels of ice use in WA are among the worst in the civilised world and are a sign that the so-called war on drugs has been lost.. During a sentencing hearing of a meth dealer in the District Court yesterday, Judge Philip McCann said the State’s ice epidemic was “a national and international disgrace”, caused by Chinese drug cartels targeting the WA economy when it was booming… Source: Judge says WA is worst in world for ... Read More »

Australia ‘talking rubbish’ about breaking people smugglers’ business model, lawyer says

A human rights lawyer in Sri Lanka accuses Australia of breaching international obligations over the recent return of a group of asylum seekers.. Lakshan Dias is representing some of the 12 men, women and children who reached the Cocos-Keeling Islands in early May and were subsequently flown back to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo… Source: Australia ‘talking rubbish’ about breaking people smugglers’ business model, lawyer says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Enemy of the State?

Turkish journalist Can Dündar has recently been shot at, then sentenced to six years in prison for revealing state secrets. Dateline speaks to him about what he describes as an attack on freedom of speech in Turkey… Source: Enemy of the State? | SBS Dateline Read More »

Iceland Recovering Fastest in Europe After Jailing Bankers Instead of Bailing them Out

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Iceland is on track to become the first European country that suffered in the financial meltdown to “surpass its pre-crisis peak of economic output”—essentially proving to the U.S. that bailing out “too big to fail” banks wasn’t the way to go!… Source: EWAO Iceland Recovering Fastest in Europe After Jailing Bankers Instead of Bailing them Out Read More »

Legal Aid in crisis, Canberra lawyers to rally

A crisis in funding for Legal Aid is preventing Australia’s most disadvantaged from obtaining a lawyer, the ACT Law Society has said. Lawyers will rally on Wednesday in support of a national “Legal Aid Matters” campaign, which seeks to put pressure on the major parties to commit to reversing cuts and injecting new money into services ahead of the federal election… Source: Legal Aid in crisis, Canberra lawyers to rally Read More »

Over 800 Intellectuals and Academics Condemn Coup in Brazil

Humanity Against the Coup in Brazil has said that the government of Michel Temer is illegitimate, and calls on UNASUR to suspend the coup against Dilma.. A group of over 800 international academics and intellectuals calling itself “Humanity Against the Coup in Brazil” released a statement Monday that condemns the ouster of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff by right-wing elements… Source: Over 800 Intellectuals and Academics Condemn Coup in Brazil | News | teleSUR English Read More »

Colombia’s FARC agrees to remove child soldiers from ranks

Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebels agreed May 15 to remove child soldiers from their ranks as part of the peace deal they are close to signing with the government. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) agreed to “implement departure of those under 15 years of age as soon as terms are agreed upon,” the parties said in a statement from Cuba, which is hosting peace negotiations… Source: Colombia’s FARC agrees to remove child soldiers from ranks – AMERICAS Read More »

Baird’s Civil Liberties Crackdown Will Be Felt In Day-To-Day Life

OPINION: New laws extend the government’s draconian program to a level that will be felt by all. No liberal democracy cans sustain assaults such as these, writes Angus Reoch. The Baird Government has officially rendered New South Wales a police state. As if coming out of an Orwellian cocoon, the NSW State Government has eclipsedMore… Source: Baird’s Civil Liberties Crackdown Will Be Felt In Day-To-Day Life – New Matilda Read More »

Rape is black people’s ‘pastime’, white South African judge says in Facebook rant

South Africans aren’t blind to the fact that race still divides their country. But when an activist named Gillian Schutte went public recently with messages she had exchanged with a high court judge a year ago, she certainly achieved her stated goal: to expose the “deep racism and colonial thinking” that still pervade upper echelons of South African society. Mabel Jansen, who is the daughter of a former governor-general of South Africa during the apartheid years, sent the messages last ... Read More »

UN Condemns Persistent Torture in Turkey, Saudi Arabia

GENEVA—A U.N. committee that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture has condemned what it calls the ongoing practice of torture and ill-treatment in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The committee just issued its concluding observations on these and other countries. In its examination of Turkey, the U.N. Committee Against Torture did not find torture to be widespread or systematic. Nevertheless, it noted torture continues to be practiced… Source: UN Condemns Persistent Torture in Turkey, Saudi Arabia Read More »

Rousseff impeachment: Senate votes to send president to trial

After more than 20 hours of speeches, the Brazilian Senate voted in favour of suspending President Dilma Rousseff in the early hours of Thursday morning. A “half plus one” majority, from 81 senators, was needed to carry the vote and set in motion a 180-day suspension for Ms Rousseff, who will now be put on trial on charges of mismanaging the nation’s budget. If she is found guilty she will be impeached… Source: Rousseff impeachment: Senate votes to send president ... Read More »

Nigerian President Buhari ‘not demanding’ Cameron apology

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he wants the return of stolen assets, not an apology, after UK PM calls his country “fantastically corrupt”. Speaking at an anti-corruption event in London, Mr Buhari said he was more interested in the return of stolen assets held in British banks. Mr Cameron made the unguarded comments in a conversation with the Queen… Source: Nigerian President Buhari ‘not demanding’ Cameron apology – BBC News Read More »

‘I am haunted’: Indonesia death row prisoners allege they were tortured to confess

Jakarta: Two fingers on Lim Jit Wee’s right hand are ugly stumps; a legacy, he says, of the torture that led to him falsely implicating a man he had never met in a crime punishable by death in Indonesia. In 2007, Lim, a Malaysian, was working as a driver for another Malaysian man when Indonesian police found 12,000 ecstasy tablets in his boss’s car… Source: ‘I am haunted’: Indonesia death row prisoners allege they were tortured to confess Read More »

Colombia to send jets against criminal gangs

The Colombian government says it will launch air raids against gangs involved in drug trafficking and illegal mining. Defence Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said the full force of the state, including the military, would be used to fight them. The gangs emerged from right-wing paramilitary squads disbanded under the last government of Alvaro Uribe, in office until five years ago… Source: Colombia to send jets against criminal gangs – BBC News Read More »

Boko Haram on the Back Foot?

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Boko Haram is losing ground, resources and fighters. But defeating the group and preventing a future insurgency needs more than military success. The 14 May summit in Abuja is an opportunity for Nigeria and its Lake Chad basin neighbours to prepare and implement what’s been long overdue: a holistic response to the extremist group… Source: Boko Haram on the Back Foot? – International Crisis Group Read More »

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 »