Law & Order

‘Our worst fear has now been tragically realised’: Police Union

Court - WA Today

The WA Police Union says its worst fears have been realised after the stabbing death of a woman at Joondalup court on Tuesday. WA Today Phil Hickey The union has been pushing for its officers to be fully armed in WA courts for some time and has previously raised security issues at court buildings in the past. “We have been warning the… ‘Our worst fear has now been… Read More »

Our overcrowded prisons and recidivist governments

Prisons - Canberra Times

The stark, unpalatable reality is that the numbers of prisoners in Australia grew 8 per cent from 36,134 in 2015 to 38,845 in 2016. The Canberra Times Ross Fitzgerald This is nothing short of scandalous. The US has the highest… Our overcrowded prisons… Read More »

101-year-old paedophile jailed for 13 years

Pedophile - The Guardian

Ralph Clarke, who committed offences in 1970s and 80s, is believed to be oldest person ever convicted by jury in UK The Guardian A 101-year-old paedophile has been jailed for 13 years for committing a string of sex offences against young children in the 1970s and 1980s. Retired haulier Ralph Clarke had… 101-year-old paedophile jailed… Read More »

Denmark Takes Girl To Trial For Fighting Against ISIS

Denmark - The Daily Caller

Joanna Palani, a Danish girl of Kurdish descent who took a year off from college to fight Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, will go on trial this month for violating Denmark’s “foreign fighter” laws. The Daily Caller Jacob Bojesson Palani, who came to Denmark as a refugee when she was three years old, left her life as a politics and philosophy student in Copenhagen in November 2014 to fight for the Kurdish people. Palani had her passport confiscated upon… ... Read More »

How censorship aids China’s execution machine

Asia Times

The executions of Nie Shubin and Jia Jinglong occurred more than 20 years apart, yet the Chinese authorities have used the plight of both men to send starkly different messages on the death penalty. Asia Times William Nee Nie Shubin, who was executed in 1995 for rape and murder, received a rare posthumous exoneration earlier this month. Officials made much of how this… How censorship aids China’s… Read More »

Blocking access to illegal file-share websites won’t stop illegal downloading

Internet - The Conversation

The Australian Federal Court ruled today that TPG, Optus, Telstra and other internet service providers (ISPs) must take “reasonable steps” to stop customers accessing file-sharing websites The Pirate Bay, IsoHunt, TorrentHound and Torrentz. The Conversation Paula Dootson, Kylie Pappalardo and Nicolas Suzor In total, Australian ISPs must block access to 61 domains registered to these four websites, or to the IP addresses specifically listed in the orders. The court also ordered that addresses… Blocking access to illegal file-share… Read More »

Colombia pardons 110 FARC rebels as part of peace deal

Colombia - Al Jazeera

Pardons apply to political crimes, but not killings and rape, minister says, as FARC expels uncooperative commanders. Al Jazeera News The Colombian government has pardoned at least 110 FARC rebels as part of a peace deal to end a 52-year conflict, the country’s justice minister said. “I believe around 300 pardons could be… Colombia pardons 110 FARC rebels as… Read More »

Teenager moved to Barwon prison from youth detention had human rights infringed, judge says

Prison - ABC

A teenager being detained in a temporary youth justice unit at Victoria’s maximum security prison has had his human rights infringed, a Supreme Court judge has found. ABC Emma Younger The teenager, who cannot be identified, applied for bail last week after being moved to the Grevillea Unit at Barwon Prison, a newly designated youth justice centre. Dozens of youth were moved there after the… Teenager moved to Barwon prison from… Read More »

Venezuela shuts Colombia border to fight currency smuggling

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Dec. 12 ordered the closure of Venezuela’s border with Colombia for 72 hours in a crackdown on what he said were “mafias” smuggling hard-to-find cash that was destabilizing the socialist economy. Hurriyet CARACAS, Venezuela – The Associated Press The move comes as Maduro is trying to get a… Venezuela shuts Colombia… Read More »

Whose Laws Are Archaic? When Standing In Court Matters More Than Violence Against Women

Laws - New Matilda

A Muslim woman is on ‘trial by media’ for refusing to stand in court. New Matilda Michael Brull But the media’s attention should be focussed on the allegations of police violence against a woman, writes Michael Brull. Moutia Elzahed is a Muslim woman, who has… Whose Laws Are Archaic? When Standing In… Read More »

Lebanese activists succeed in first step to repealing controversial ‘rape law’

Lebanon - Al Monitor

The Lebanese parliament’s Administration and Justice Committee agreed Dec. 7 to abolish Article 522 of the penal code, which allows rapists to avoid prosecution if they marry their victims. Al Monitor Florence Massena The committee is currently discussing a draft law that will be presented later on to parliament, and it is considering amending articles 503-522 about misdemeanors and honor violations, by adding penalties and forcing stricter punishments. Civil society and feminist organizations have… Lebanese activists succeed in first step ... Read More »

Who was behind Cairo church bombing?

Egyptian security forces and members of the clergy inspect the scene of a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church on December 11, 2016, in Cairo's Abbasiya neighbourhood.
The blast killed at least 25 worshippers during Sunday mass inside the Cairo church near the seat of the Coptic pope who heads Egypt's Christian minority, state media said. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI        (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO — Egyptian officials said today they have arrested four suspects and identified a man they believe to be the suicide bomber responsible for a blast that ripped through a Coptic church Saturday in Cairo, killing 25 people and wounding dozens of others. Al Monitor Ayah Aman Authorities said Monday they had arrested three men and a woman and were searching for two more people in connection with the bombing. No group as of yet has accepted responsibility for… Who ... Read More »

Dodging domestic violence leave shows this government’s opinion of women

Domestic Violence - Bisbane Times

Why should pollies do anything about saving lives when wearing ribbons is so much cheaper? Brisbane Times Andrew P Street Domestic violence is one of those things for which governments of all levels and sides like to express their righteous condemnation, provided that it’s done in cost-effective ways like wearing ribbons and making empty statements to the media. For conservative governments in particular, their zeal… Dodging domestic violence leave shows this… Read More »

German State Passes Law To Force ‘Dominant Culture’ On Refugees

Germany - Daily Caller

The German state of Bavaria passed a new law Friday to force the local “dominant culture” on refugees. The Daily Caller Jacob Bojesson The ruling Christian Social Union (CSU) argues the law is necessary after the massive influx of refugees during the last two years. Extra funding will go to schools and daycare centers where… German State Passes Law To Force ‘Dominant… Read More »

Retiring Chief Justice Robert French stands by silence on asylum seeker ruling

Robert French - ABC

As he nears the end of eight years as the nation’s top judge, Robert French is standing by his response to critics of a controversial ruling on Australia’s asylum seeker policy. ABC Damien Carrick When the High Court struck down Labor’s Malaysia Solution in 2011 it ignited an attack on the courts from politicians the likes of which had not been seen since the Mabo and Wik decisions of the 1990s. Then prime minister Julia Gillard accused the court of… ... Read More »

NT Royal Commission ‘officially a farce’

The current Don Dale youth detention centre is seen in Darwin, Wednesday July 27, 2016. Abusive treatment of young inmates at the previous centre by officers will be the subject of investigation of a royal commission after disturbing footage was broadcast on ABC's Four Corners program, showing teens being tear-gassed, hit, stripped naked, and hog-tied in footage from 2010 until 2015. The new centre is a repurposed wing of the former Darwin adult prison, which the former corrections commissioner said was only fit to be bulldozed. (AAP Image/Neda Vanovac) NO ARCHIVING

The Royal Commission into Child Protection and Detention in the Northern Territory is now officially a farce. Sky News Matt Cunningham Called in a moment of panic by two leaders under immense public pressure, the shoddily planned inquiry unravelled this week during the latest Darwin sittings. The commission rode into town on Monday, accompanied by… NT Royal Commission ‘officially a… Read More »