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  • Kenya on the road to justice?
    For most of us (unless you're David Cameron, Nick Clegg or Gordon Brown), the last UK general election was nothing short of a soap-operatic, emotion-fuelled dramatic spectacle. Never before had I overheard so many people on the number 149 bus in north London chattering about a Hung Parliament. Yes, we may have been in the midst of some sort of constitutional crisis at that point, but we knew th
  • On the eve of the Iran's pariamentary elections silcencing journalists is on top of menue!
    In recent weeks, detention of journalists has increased to an alarming scale. Customaririly, the Islamic regime would open up the atmosphere, leaving windows open for poeple to express themselves creating a false image of freedom of expression in order to attract more voters to the ballot boxes. Shortly after every election these windows would shut down and suppression and censorship would roam
  • USA: Children, Life Without Parole, and the Case of Christi Cheramie
    In the USA children can be sentenced to life without parole, despite an almost universal legal and moral consensus that this sentence should never be imposed on someone under the age of 18 at the time the crime was committed. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (which has been ratified by all states except the USA and Somalia) provides in Article 37 that: ‘States Pa
  • News is the news
    It's been quite a year for navel gazing in the British press. Leveson is on the rolling news, on the morning news, the evening news, the front page, pages 2- 36 and all over the comment section. This is news-news, hacks on hacks, editors on editors, the judgement of the judgemental. It's been an interesting year to be in the media. The invisible scribes have learnt that they are mortal, fa
  • “Spreading corruption on earth” can only mean one thing in Iran….
    Can a judge really say with a straight face that a person has been charged with ‘spreading corruption on earth'? I mean, really? Apparently so, it would seem. In Iran at least. And anyone in Iran who is unfortunate enough to have this heavy charge levelled against him finds himself faced with a death sentence in Iran. Such is the case for Saeed Malekpour. Amnesty has campaigned fo
  • Chinese Democracy Activist Li Tie Jailed for Ten Years for “Subversion”
    Yet Another Heavy Sentence as Government Escalates Crackdown on Dissent (Chinese Human Rights Defenders, January 18, 2012) – Today, on the heels of recent harsh sentences of democracy and human rights activists, Chinese authorities sent another dissident, Li Tie (李铁), to prison for 10 years for “subversion of state power.” Li's sentence, issued
  • 'It's all about the use of torture ...'
    … as zingy catchphrases go, it's … er, different. But this is how Kate Allen opened her Channel 4 News interview last night talking about the Abu Qatada case (which I blogged on yesterday). The controversy over the presence in the UK of Abu Qatada is, in the end, an argument about how seriously you take the international ban on torture (including a ban on sending people somewhere where the


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