Crime

The minimum age of criminal responsibility continues to divide opinion

Crime - The Economist

A proposal to let Philippine criminal courts try nine-year-olds has drawn sharp criticism. The Economist But in 35 American states, children of any age can be convicted and sentenced COMMON law has… The minimum age… Read More »

Tasmanian government’s Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016 passes through House of Assembly completely unopposed

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In a rare display of tripartisan support, the government’s family violence reform legislation passed through the Lower House unimpeded on Tuesday. Rob Inglis Examiner Premier Will Hodgman acknowledged the cross-party cooperation that enabled the Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016’s passage through the House of Assembly. “There’s been a… Tasmanian government’s Family… Read More »

Donald Trump’s incendiary language emboldening white supremacists, minority groups say

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Shootings, bombings, desecrated cemeteries and racist graffiti — minority groups in the United States say the number of race hate crimes are spiking in President Donald Trump’s America. Conor Duffy ABC “I hope it’s not a tipping point but I will say that I’m 36 years old and I grew up in an amazing America, and I still want it to be amazing, open America for my children who are growing up here,” Philadelphia rabbi Joel Seltzer said. “For the ... Read More »

Current regulations unable to control trade in products from slave labor, expert says.

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Leading expert on modern-day slavery Kevin Bales talks about the lack of tools available to stop the flow of money from consumers to networks facilitating human rights abuse and environmental destruction. Ana Aranha and João Diaz Mongbay Miners in Ghana, fishers in Bangladesh and loggers in Brazil have two things in common: many are vulnerable workers often submitted to slave-like conditions while engaging in an activity destructive to forests, rivers and… Current regulations unable… Read More »

The case for cash

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Two possible drawbacks of high-denomination bills are discussed by Kenneth Rogoff in his book. James McAndrews Asia Times There is another side to this argument. Cash is an… The case for… Read More »

‘These are dangerous times’: the man who sued George W Bush and the Iraq war

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Inder Comar is a San Francisco lawyer whose usual clients are tech startups: could he bring the only case against the planners of the 2002… Dave Eggers The Guardian In the lobby of the James R Browning courthouse in San Francisco, there was a digital sign listing that day’s cases. At 9.30am on Monday 12… ‘These are dangerous… Read More »

‘Crimes against humanity’ in Myanmar – UN rapporteur

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A top UN official says “crimes against humanity” are being committed by the military and police against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Jonah Fisher BBC News The UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, was speaking as part of a joint BBC Newsnight-BBC Our World investigation. Aung San Suu Kyi… ‘Crimes against humanity’… Read More »

Turkey-PKK conflict: UN report tells of ‘2,000 dead’ since truce collapse

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When a man in the Turkish town of Cizre was told his sister had been killed, his family was invited to pick up her remains from the… BBC But all they received were three small pieces of charred flesh – and no information on how she… His February 2016 account is included in a new UN report on… Turkey-PKK conflict: UN… Read More »

Study: LGBTQ+ individuals at high risk to be victims of violence

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are at high risk for being victims of physical and sexual assault, harassment, bullying, and hate crimes, according to a new study by RTI International. RTI International Eurek Alert In a newly published report, funded by RTI, RTI researchers analyzed 20 years’ worth of published studies on violence and the LGBTQ+ community, which included 102 peer-reviewed papers as well as a few unpublished… Study: LGBTQ+ individuals… Read More »

What It Feels Like When a Mosque Is Threatened

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This Week in Hate highlights hate crimes and harassment around the country since the election of President Trump. Anna North The New York Times On the day the threat arrived, the congregation of Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah had planned a potluck dinner. Earlier that afternoon… What It Feels… Read More »

Updating Cyprus’ money-laundering record

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Just over two weeks ago, Transparency International published a report called “Top Secret Countries Keep Financial Crime Fighting Data to… Fiona Mullen in.cyprus Transparency and good preventive practices are important because money-laundering cases are difficult to… The Magnitksy case, for example, has been open in… Updating Cyprus’ money… Read More »

Bali nine family critical of Turnbull government death penalty decision

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The family of executed Bali nine drug smuggler Andrew Chan says the Turnbull government is putting more Australians at risk of the firing squad by turning its back on a plan to change police intelligence… Adam Gartrell The Sydney Morning Herald The government has quietly rejected a recommendation made by a… Bali nine family… Read More »

Suffer The Children: The Creeping Sexualization Of Minors

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The landscape of minor sex and sexual relations hosts all the perils of pre-Disney fairy tales. Joseph McBirnie The Daily Caller While failed candidates must mutilate themselves as they struggle to fit in positions citing “legitimate rape,” the mention of a certain word in conjunction with anything other than condemnation possesses the magical property… Suffer The Children… Read More »

Rape definition in Tasmania to be broadened if new bill passed

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Reforms to widen the type of sexual behaviour considered to be rape in Tasmania look set to be introduced to Parliament in April. Edith Bevin ABC Under existing laws, an offence can only be rape if the act involves a penis and it is the accused who is the penetrator. Most other states… Rape definition in… Read More »

On hate crimes, presidential silence is complicity

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REST ASSURED, everybody: President Trump is “deeply disappointed” over the escalating nationwide reports of anti-Semitic bomb threats. Renée Graham Boston Globe “Deeply disappointed” is an appropriate reaction when the local coffee shop runs out of your favorite cranberry muffins. It is not, however… On hate crimes… Read More »

Race And The Death Penalty: How Stereotyping Almost Killed A Black Man In America

Crime - New Matilda

A decision handed down in the United States late last week has shone a spotlight on the issue of racial bias against defendants of colour, writes Stephen Keim and Luke Craske. Stephen Keim and Luke Craske New Matilda In its decision in Buck v Davis, the United States Supreme Court has held that for counsel to lead evidence indicating that a client is more likely to commit future acts of violence because of his race, this does, in fact, violate that… ... Read More »