Crime

‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad

Amy Remeikis Queensland’s abortion debate is heating up in the backrooms of Parliament, ahead of the review into whether the procedure should be decriminalised, with calls for “fact and reason” to over-ride “hysteria and emotion”. The state’s abortion law has remained relatively unchanged since 1899, with amendments focussing on attempts to protect medical professionals from criminal charges, rather than removing the procedure from the criminal code… Source: ‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad Read More »

Don’t Elect Dangerous Derryn Hinch: The Case For Treating Criminals Humanely

The Human Headline’s march towards a Victorian Senate seat should concern progressives everywhere, writes David Heslin. Of all the minor party candidates competing in this year’s federal election, none seem to have enjoyed quite as much good fortune as Derryn Hinch. Not only has his Justice Party received high preferences from both major… Source: Don’t Elect Dangerous Derryn Hinch: The Case For Treating Criminals Humanely – New Matilda Read More »

More gun stores than Starbucks coffee shops in US

After a gunman attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people, the gun control debate has come into the spotlight once again. The Huffington Post cited data visualization hub 1point21 in which figures show gun stores are much more common than McDonald’s or Starbucks. As of December 2015, there were more than 64,700 gun dealers in the U.S., it reported, while there were a total of 10,844 Starbucks branches… Source: More gun stores than Starbucks coffee shops in ... Read More »

Rodrigo Duterte ‘legalises’ murder of drug dealers in Philippines

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EVEN before Philippines president-elect Rodrigo Duterte told citizens he would give a medal to anyone who shot dead a drug dealer in a national address at the weekend, the bodies were starting to pile up.. But since that speech, at least five people allegedly connected to the drug trade as well as an indeterminate number of low level pushers have been exterminated by street assassins. Unlike the hundreds of petty criminals and drug pushers who have “involuntarily… Source: Rodrigo Duterte ... Read More »

Why we should close women’s prisons and treat their crimes more fairly

Sentencing systems around the world should be radically reformed to start with the assumption that women should not be sent to prison for their crimes.. Women almost never scare us; commit random acts of serious violence; violate our sexual integrity; or form organised crime networks and yet their prisons numbers are now the highest in recorded history… Source: Why we should close women’s prisons and treat their crimes more fairly | Mirko Bagaric | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

My brain made me do it: will neuroscience change the way we punish criminals?

Australian law may be on the cusp of a brain-based revolution that will reshape the way we deal with criminals. Some researchers, such as neuroscientist David Eagleman, have argued that neuroscience should radically change our practices of punishment. According to Eagleman, the courts should give up on the notion of punishment altogether and instead focus on managing criminals and… Source: My brain made me do it: will neuroscience change the way we punish criminals? Read More »

Julian Assange: Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Australian WikiLeaks founder

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange still faces arrest after a Swedish court upholds a warrant over rape allegations.. A Swedish lower court has upheld the arrest warrant for Julian Assange, saying the Wikileaks founder’s stay at Ecuador’s London embassy did not equal detention. Assange, 44, is wanted by Swedish authorities for questioning over allegations, which he denies, that he committed rape in 2010… Source: Julian Assange: Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Australian WikiLeaks founder – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Why we need to do more for the victims of online fraud and scams

As we come to the end of National Consumer Fraud Awareness Week, I can’t help but reflect on my own work researching this difficult and often fraught area. Imagine if you had a close friend or relative who went online looking for a relationship. They find someone special, spend weeks, months and even years dating, communicating via email, Skype, telephone and text… Source: Why we need to do more for the victims of online fraud and scams Read More »

Rights groups slam Nepal deal on war crimes amnesty

Human rights groups accuse ruling coalition, including Maoists, of attempting to “wash away the crimes of the conflict”. Rights groups have slammed a deal between Nepal’s ruling parties to withdraw civil war cases from courts and offer amnesty to people accused of abuses during a decade-long Maoist rebellion… Source: Rights groups slam Nepal deal on war crimes amnesty – AJE News 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 »

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 »

Thought ‘death cult’ lawmaking ended with Abbott? Think again

A shadowy entity is deciding the fate of Australian citizenship, while NSW lawmakers want the power to punish those found not guilty of crimes. The erosion of our rights is continuing, just without the fanfare… Source: Thought ‘death cult’ lawmaking ended with Abbott? Think again – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

After Long Silence, Indonesia Allows Talk of Anti-Communist Atrocities

JAKARTA, Indonesia — When Putu Oka Sukanta was awakened by knocking on his door late one night in October 1966, he says, he instinctively knew who was there. Indonesian soldiers, police officers and plainclothes intelligence agents took… Source: After Long Silence, Indonesia Allows Talk of Anti-Communist Atrocities – The New York Times Read More »

Westpac bank severs ties to Nauru Government over money laundering concerns

One of Australia’s biggest banks has told the Nauru Government it will no longer do business with it or any of its entities. The Westpac bank has also told its Australian customers who do business with the Nauru Government that they will have to close their… Source: Westpac bank severs ties to Nauru Government over money laundering concerns – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity

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AFP/ Raul ArboledaSince 1961, the international community has invested huge resources to enforce the UN mandate to create a “drug free” world. Yet, after decades of interdiction and eradication, organised crime around the globe has merely shifted routes and markets. Massive corruption, violence and human rights abuses are… Source: Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity – International Crisis Group Read More »

Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court

Bribing a Nigerian official was just “a cost of doing business”, the former financial director for Australian Reserve Bank subsidiary Securency has told a London court.. “At the time there was disappointment, but I agreed to proceed with it,” said David Ellery, who was Securency’s financial controller and company secretary until 2010… Source: Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court Read More »