Crime

Police pursuits: when does the end justify the means?

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The carnage in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday, in which five pedestrians died after being hit by a vehicle driven by a wanted offender, has again highlighted the issue of police pursuits. Terry Goldsworthy ABC Any policy governing police pursuits must balance the need to apprehend offenders with community safety. So what is the appropriate balance? And have Australian jurisdictions… Police pursuits: when does the… Read More »

Direct link between sexual objectification of girls and aggression towards them

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There is a direct relation between the sexual objectification of girls and aggression towards them, research by psychologists at the University of Kent has shown. The University of Kent Eurek Alert The study, which looked at youth members of gangs as well as those with no gang affiliation, provides the first evidence of a link between objectification and non-sexual aggression in young people. Dr Eduardo Vasquez and… Direct link between sexual… Read More »

More domestic violence data needed ​to prevent deaths, says report

Domestic Violence - The Guardian

Human Rights Commission calls for system to report, collect, analyse and share data on domestic or family violence deaths Helen Davidson The Guardian Australia must improve its national data collection on domestic and family violence to identify gaps in services and prevent avoidable deaths, the Human Rights Commission has said. In a report released on… More domestic violence data… Read More »

Brussels gets ‘House of Cards’ treatment

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Drama weaves together political lobbying, terrorism and the migration crisis. Naomi O’Leary Politico AMSTERDAM — Corruption, murder, and betrayal stalk the streets of Brussels — at least in a Dutch television series inspired by the U.S. hit “House of Cards” that premieres Friday. “Brussel” mixes the personal… Brussels gets ‘House of… Read More »

A Fresh Start for Former Offenders

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Social enterprise Fruit2work creates second-chance jobs, hiring former offenders to pack and deliver fresh fruit to businesses around Melbourne. Ellie Cooper Pro Bono Australia Statistics show that employment for former offenders is linked to an increase in their sense of self-worth and financial security, and a decreased likelihood of reoffending. But sadly, unemployment among… A Fresh Start for Former… Read More »

WA election 2017: Pledge to lift limits on child abuse victims seeking damages

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The Barnett Government has promised to introduce legislation to scrap the six-year statute of limitations on when victims of child abuse can take civil against their perpetrators or institutions if it is re-elected. Nicolas Perpitch ABC Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberals would also remove limitation periods for serious physical abuse. The statute of limitations restricts when… WA election 2017: Pledge to lift… Read More »

Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre inmates charged over ‘disturbance’ to stay at facility

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Four teenagers charged over a disturbance at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre in central Victoria will remain at the facility, despite a police prosecutor advising against it in court. Stephanie Corsetti ABC A 19-year-old youth offender appeared at a regional court as part of an application to relocate him from the youth facility to an adult prison. Lawyers also represented three… Malmsbury Youth Justice… Read More »

Israel diplomat forced to resign after AJ investigation

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Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in the UK, was forced to resign, Al Jazeera learns. Al Jazeera An Israeli political officer, who was at the centre of an Al Jazeera investigation, has been forced to resign from Israel’s UK embassy, a senior official in the… Israel diplomat forced… Read More »

Slavery thrives in the gaps between our knowledge

Slavery - Asia Times

The power to end exploitation is already in our hands, Liberty Asia’s Duncan Jepson says. Duncan Jepson Asia Times What holds us back is the lack of basic data needed to make the right decisions. The much quoted line by… Slavery thrives in the… Read More »

Liberia: ‘Big Boy 1’ Arrested But…

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A former minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Dr. Eugene Shannon has been arrested by Criminal Court “C” for his alleged involvement in the Global Witness bribery scandal but later released. By Ames K. Kadi,Jr allAfrica Shannon’s arrest on Thursday comes barely a… Liberia: ‘Big Boy… Read More »

Why most rapes go unreported in India

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The woman whose humiliation was captured on video in Bangalore over the New Year is not alone in fearing retaliation and further indignity Anusha Venkat Asia Times After New Year’s Eve turned out to be a night of shame for Bangalore, India’s IT capital, as girls who had gathered on MG Road to welcome 2017 were reportedly groped en masse, politicians were quick to put the blame squarely on… Why most rapes go… Read More »

Purging Criminal Code of defunct ‘zombie laws’ no simple task

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Outdated offences that are still included in Canada’s Criminal Code include duelling, abortion and pretending to practise witchcraft By ALYSHAH HASHAM Staff Reporter The Star Given the epidemic of fake news and the influence it may have had on the U.S. election, Section 181 of Canada’s Criminal Code would seem… Purging Criminal Code… Read More »

War on elephant poachers is front line to halt extinction

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It is no coincidence that the demand for ivory has soared along with the rising wealth of Asia, particularly in China Asia Times Nicolas Delaunay It was one of the most momentous events in the battle against poaching: 11 giant pyres of elephant tusks going up in flames in Kenya as the world looked on. The largest destruction of… War on elephant poachers is… Read More »

Intolerant post-Brexit Britain: history shows we can be better than this

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The surge in hate crimes after 23 June stands in stark contrast to the decency shown to black GIs in the UK during the second world war Hugh Muir The Guardian Are we the nation suggested by the 41% spike in hate crimes that followed the Brexit vote? Where non-white Britons are abused in the… Intolerant post-Brexit… Read More »

Doctor’s sex abuse acquittal highlights ‘problematic’ Ontario law

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Policy that keeps doctors’ names secret should be changed, college says The Star Jacques Gallant A doctor was acquitted in December of sexually abusing a patient in a split decision by a discipline panel of Ontario’s medical regulator. But the College of… Doctor’s sex abuse… Read More »

Erdogan’s strange silence on ISIS’ burning of soldiers

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Days after Islamic State released video of apparent execution of two members of Turkish military, the authorities are silent – and the media silenced Asia Times Oliver Tempest Almost four days after Islamic State released an internet video film showing the apparent execution of two captured Turkish soldiers in Syria by burning them to death, the authorities in Turkey remain silent, apparently waiting for… Erdogan’s strange silence… Read More »