Law & Order

Semenya given huge boost as Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland suspends IAAF regulations

Caster Semenya has been cleared to compete without taking medication to lower her testosterone levels while her appeal is pending after a court in Switzerland ordered an… Liam Morgan Inside The Games The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland has demanded the implementation of rules forcing athletes with differences in sexual development (DSD) to take drugs to medically reduce their… The decision is a major boost for the two-times Olympic and triple world 800m champion as she continues to challenge the ... Read More »

Artist hopes massacre mural will get Chinese tourists asking questions

Chinese tourists looked on curiously and took photos of a new piece of street art in Hosier Lane on Monday but they may not have “got” its meaning. Carolyn Webb The Age The paste-up mural depicts “Tank Man”, who famously stood in front of tanks in Beijing, on June 5, 1989, a day after the Chinese army killed hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of political protesters. The Chinese government has covered up, amongst its own people, what we know as the ... Read More »

Mexico’s Hydra-headed Crime War

It may seem that Mexico’s crime war, which has left over 100,000 dead in its wake, could not get any worse. Falko Ernst ICG But interviews with gunmen in deadly Tierra Caliente show that it can, as criminal organisations break into smaller and smaller parts, driving up the death toll. The body, dumped under a highway overpass, is charred beyond recognition. At the morgue, it takes four days to identify it. A day longer, and authorities would have laid the corpse ... Read More »

Turkey puts novelists including Elif Shafak under investigation

Prosecutors target authors whose fiction tackles difficult subjects such as child abuse and sexual violence Alison Flood The Guardian Turkish prosecutors have launched investigations into writers of fiction including the award-winning novelist Elif Shafak, in what campaigners are describing as a serious threat to free speech. The move comes in the wake of a vicious debate on social media in which novelists tackling challenging subjects – such as child abuse and sexual violence – have been accused of… After a ... Read More »

‘Internet brides’ abused and held captive in suburban Australian homes

An explosion of social media sites promoting prospective young Asian brides has caused a spike in abuse and exploitation, with reports some women are being held captive in suburban homes in… Erin Parke ABC Six women from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines have revealed their stories to ABC News in the hope of preventing other women being lured into abusive relationships with… “We have seen some horrendous cases where there’s been really severe physical violence and where women have simply ... Read More »

OPINION | How do we make the world safer for women?

A year ago, when Eurydice Dixon was murdered in a Melbourne park, there were a lot of conversations – public and private – about how women felt about their personal safety. Michelle Haines Thomas The Canberra Times I remember being shocked that so many men – grown up men with wives and daughters – hadn’t realised how fearful women felt out in the world. And how normalised that is by even teenage years. We walk with our keys bunched in ... Read More »

Why we should care about Julian Assange? Because next time they come for us…

Wikileaks co-founder, Julian Assange, in 2010 published information provided to him by then-US Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning that comprised nearly 750,000 classified, or unclassified but sensitive, military and… Murray Hunter OnLineOpinion Among those documents was a collateral murder film clip that showed US Apache helicopters killing people in Iraq including two local Reuters news agency employees, exposing a US military cover-up. The military had claimed that the helicopters were responding to an active firefight and that all killed were ... Read More »

British Neocolonialism across Oceans: Chagos & Cyprus

Since the middle of last week many mass media outlets around the globe discuss the resolution of UN General Assembly (UNGA) about the Mauritius. ISF The relevant resolution calls Great Britain to give up control over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean. London has been occupying the Chagos Archipelago Islands unlawfully (against the will of the indigenous people) since 1965. Ironically, it was the Harold Wilson headed Labour Government which on the 8th of November 1965 formally declared the ... Read More »

Assange a victim of torture and Australia shares blame, says UN expert

London: Julian Assange has been subjected to intense psychological torture comparable to some of the gravest cases from “interrogation prisons” around the world, a United Nations expert says. Nick Miller WAtoday He accuses the UK, US and Sweden of a “consistent failure” to protect Assange’s human rights – and Australia of a “glaring absence” where it should be helping one of its citizens. But the Australian government has emphatically rejected any suggestion Australia is complicit in any torture of Assange, saying ... Read More »

To tackle climate change, immigration and threats to democracy, Europe’s fractious new Parliament will have to work together

The European Union has survived its latest contest between pro-EU and anti-EU forces. Garret Martin The Conversation Helped by high turnout, pro-EU centrist and leftist parties together won more than two-thirds of seats in the European Parliament elections held in 28 countries from May 23 to 26. Populist parties intent on destroying the EU from within made only modest gains, increasing their share from 20% to 25% of the 751 seats. The European Parliament – one of the three institutions ... Read More »

UK government ‘risks another Windrush’ over EU citizens, MPs say

The government runs the risk of another Windrush scandal if “serious concerns” about its EU settlement scheme are not addressed, MPs have said. BBC The Commons Home Affairs Committee said technical issues had “blighted” the scheme, with some struggling to navigate the online application system. It said people who have lived for years in the UK could face uncertainty over their rights and eligibility to remain. But the Home Office said the scheme was “performing well”. It had “taken… UK ... Read More »

Maritime trials and tribulations

The guilty verdict handed down in a Sao Tome and Principe courtroom echoed across the globe. Africa Defense Forum © defenceWeb A Chilean captain and two Spanish crew members of the notorious fishing vessel the Thunder were sentenced to two to three years in prison and fined a total of $15 million. For the tiny Gulf of Guinea island that relies heavily on the sea economy, it felt like a rare win in a losing battle against illegal fishing. “This ... Read More »

Julian Assange too ill to appear in court via video link, lawyers say

Hearing is latest stage in possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder to US Ben Quinn The Guardian Julian Assange was too ill to appear by video link for the latest hearing in relation to his possible extradition to the US, lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder told a court. The hearing was the first since 2 May, when lawyers for the US government began pressing its case to extradite him to face trial for what they described as one the largest compromises of classified information ... Read More »

‘A lot of wrongs to repair’: Justice Michael Kirby calls for national bill of rights

As a high court judge for more than 30 years Michael Kirby knows the law – and he’s using his expertise to call for a national bill of rights. Gloria Kalache SBS A former high court judge has called for Australia to adopt a national bill of human rights. Michael Kirby argues the country has a less than perfect record in protecting the rights of minorities and believes a national bill of rights could make the difference. “We’ve had a lot ... Read More »

Carelessly linking crime to being homeless adds to the harmful stigma

The news of Courtney Herron’s death has shocked Melburnians. While full details are yet to emerge, both she and the man charged with murdering her have been widely reported as being homeless. Authors: The Conversation It’s revealing how news media use this information in framing their coverage of what happened. Media use of the term “homeless” is rarely neutral. This is not to say someone’s housing status should never be included in reporting such events. However, we should be wary ... Read More »

Boris Johnson could go on trial for ‘lying and misleading’ in Brexit campaign, judge orders

Judge summonses MP to court after throwing out arguments that allegations are ‘vexatious’ attempt to undermine Brexit Lizzie Dearden Independent Boris Johnson faces trial for allegedly “lying and misleading the British public” about the consequences of Brexit. A judge summonsed the Conservative MP to appear in court after a member of the public launched a private prosecution over claims EU membership was costing the UK £350m a week. District Judge Margot Coleman threw out arguments by Mr Johnson’s lawyers that the case was a… Boris Johnson ... Read More »