Law & Order

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 »

Nice attack: City refuses police call to delete CCTV images

Local authorities in Nice refuse a request by French anti-terror police to destroy CCTV images of last week’s lorry attack.. The Paris prosecutor’s office said the request had been made to avoid the “uncontrolled dissemination” of images… Source: Nice attack: City refuses police call to delete CCTV images – BBC News Read More »

The FBI has collected 430,000 iris scans in a so-called ‘pilot program’

Critics say the agency project includes few privacy protections.. By Colin Lecher and Russell Brandom As a modestly sized department — policing 2 million citizens with just over 1,800 sworn officers — the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department doesn’t seem like it would be on the cutting edge of surveillance technology. But the department has quietly become one of the most productive nodes in a nationwide iris-scanning project, collecting iris data from at… Source: The FBI has collected 430,000 iris scans ... Read More »

What other industries can learn from the failures of greyhound racing

By Roger Burritt, University of Kassel and Katherine Christ, University of South Australia Those in the greyhound racing industry were surprised by Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird’s announcement on the banning of the industry in NSW from July 1, 2017, which was closely followed in the ACT. But the writing has been on the… Source: What other industries can learn from the failures of greyhound racing – SmartCompany Read More »

Willie Kimani: Missing Kenyan lawyer ‘found dead’

The body of a Kenyan lawyer who was representing a client making a complaint against the police has been found. The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) said Willie Kimani’s death was a “dark day for the rule of law in Kenya”. Kenya’s police have often been accused of brutality and they have been blamed for a series of extrajudicial killings… Source: Willie Kimani: Missing Kenyan lawyer ‘found dead’ – BBC News Read More »

FBI Transcript Shows Nobody Died in Orlando Shooting Until SWAT Teams Entered the Building: Judge Napolitano

What should have been front page news everywhere, somehow got buried amid the official narrative we were given about the Orlando shooting. Judge Andrew Napolitano told FOX News that an FBI transcript indicated that no one died until 05:13am Sunday morning when the police SWAT teams entered the building. “Here’s what is news in the summary – nobody died until 05:13 in the morning, when the SWAT team entered. Prior to that no one had been killed. The 53 that were injured, ... Read More »