Law & Order

Opposition leader detained in Kyrgyzstan

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A veteran opposition leader in Kyrgyzstan was arrested on corruption charges, security services said yesterday, as political tensions mount in the Central Asian country ahead of a November presidential… Hurriyet BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Agence France-Presse The State Committee for National Security (GKNB) said Omurbek Tekebayev, who leads the nominally socialist Ata-Meken party, was detained yesterday after landing at the country’s… Opposition leader detained… Read More »

Germany hate crime: Nearly 10 attacks a day on migrants in 2016

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Nearly 10 attacks were made on migrants in Germany every day in 2016, the interior ministry says. BBC A total of 560 people were injured in the violence, including 43 children. Three-quarters of the attacks targeted migrants outside of their accommodation, while nearly 1,000 attacks were on… Germany hate crime… Read More »

Locking teens in prison won’t break cycle of youth offending, Victorian judge says

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There must be renewed efforts to break the cycle of youth offending, instead of locking an increasing number of children up, a Victorian Supreme Court judge has said. Emma Younger ABC Justice Lex Lasry made the comments during a bail hearing for a teenager who suffered a fractured neck when he was bashed by fellow inmates at Barwon Prison. The 16-year-old, who… Locking teens in… Read More »

Explainer: how Australia decides who is a genuine refugee

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Every year, Australia provides protection to thousands of refugees under its humanitarian program. Mary Anne Kenny The Conversation In 2015-16, the government issued 15,552 visas to people in need of humanitarian assistance overseas. These included people… Explainer: how Australia… Read More »

Turkey lifts ban on Islamic headscarf in military

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Turkey on Wednesday said it was lifting a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country’s armed forces. SBS The military was the final Turkish institution where women were prohibited from wearing the headscarf, after reforms by the Islamic-rooted government under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that has allowed it to be worn in… Turkey lifts ban… Read More »

Life imprisonment raises questions about proportionality, equity and human dignity

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A New South Wales man, Robert Xie, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole last week for the horrific murders of five members of the Lin family. John Anderson The Conversation Due to the shocking nature of the crime, Xie’s sentence has not attracted controversy. Yet NSW is… Life imprisonment raises… Read More »

Jacob’s story: a second chance or a path to prison?

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Interactive case study Calla Wahlquist, Ri Liu and Nick Evershed The Guardian Follow a 13-year-old Indigenous boy through the youth justice system and see what happens when he is cautioned, charged or placed in custody. This is a hypothetical… Jacob’s story: a… Read More »

George Brandis Says Asylum Seekers Break The Law, But Can’t Name Which One

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‘I’m not going to quote a section.’ Attorney-General George Brandis clashed with barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside on the legality of asylum seekers after he said refugees who come to Australia commit “offences against our migration… Luke Cooper  The Huffington Post Brandis called any refugee who arrives “in the… George Brandis Says… Read More »

What is it like to live next to a prison?

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In the Victorian town of Ararat, sandwiched between Ballarat and the Wimmera in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, it can seem like every second person you meet either works at the prison or has a family member who does. Jane Cowan ABC While Werribee residents have protested against the decision to build a youth detention centre, in Ararat you are hard pressed to find anyone willing to say a bad word about the jail that has been part of ... Read More »

In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say ‘I Am Muslim Too’

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At a rally in New York City’s Times Square on Sunday, protesters filled three city blocks to express solidarity with Muslims. Kat Chow npr The crowd gathered to speak out against President Trump’s executive order — now on hold after a unanimous federal appeals court decision — banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Organized by the… In Times Square… Read More »

Britain attempts to brand journalists as spies

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The UK government is considering new laws that target journalists who obtain or share state secrets. Jim Killock Al Jazeera News British journalists could be treated as spies, and given up to 14 years in prison for handling state secrets, if proposals by the UK’s Law Commission become law. In 2015, the Commission… Britain attempts to… Read More »

Who’s To Say The Word ‘Slants’ Offends Asians? The Supreme Court, That’s Who.

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How an Asian-American band’s trademark battle aims to reclaim derogatory names — and the First Amendment. Cristian Farias The Huffington Post WASHINGTON ― The Supreme Court tends to take a skeptical view whenever the government polices speech it doesn’t like.. But what if the… Who’s To Say… Read More »

Holyrood’s legal intervention over Brexit cost nearly £140k

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THE Scottish Government spent almost £140,000 on its intervention in the Article 50 case at the UK Supreme Court, figures show.. The Scotsman A response to a written Scottish parliamentary question showed that £128,877 was spent on “external legal fees”, while there was an £800 court fee to intervene in the case… Holyrood’s legal intervention… Read More »

China corruption crackdown jails senior judge

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A former vice president of the Supreme People’s Court is sent to prison for life in an ongoing nationwide crackdown on… Reuters Asia Times A Chinese court on Thursday jailed for life a former senior judge from the country’s highest court, after finding him guilty of corruption, state media said, the latest official to fall foul of a… Xi Xiaoming, a… China corruption crackdown… Read More »

Australians believe 18C protections should stay

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While debate over the merits of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act continues to rage, new research shows that an overwhelming majority of Australians support legislation that prevents insults on the basis of race, culture or religion. Andrew Jakubowicz, Kevin Dunn and Rachel Sharples The Conversation We found that just 10% of Australians believe people should have the freedom to “insult” and “offend” people on the basis of race, culture or religion. Over 75% are… Australians believe 18C… Read More »

Spain’s Princess Cristina acquitted, husband jailed

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Cristina ordered to pay fines and Inaki Urdangarin given six-year sentence for charges including fraud and tax evasion. Al Jazeera The husband of Spain’s Princess Cristina has been sentenced to more than six years in prison on charges including fraud and tax evasion, while the… A panel of judges ruled on Friday that Cristina, the… Spain’s Princess Cristina… Read More »