• Even the UN rejects the government's stance on transgender married couples | Paula Gerber

    Imagine being happily married and being told you have to divorce the person you love. That’s a fight that has gone all the way to the UNAlthough Christopher Pyne believes that his government will allow same-sex couples to marry, “sooner than everyone thinks ”, it is clear that he is very much out of step with those who call the shots within the Liberal party. Not only was he quickly contradicted by both Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott, but the federal government’s recent
  • Bangladesh upholding the rule of law | Letters

    The government will continue to prosecute anyone who attacks citizens, regardless of faith, occupation or lifestyle, writes Nazmul Quaunine, high commissioner of Bangladesh to the UKYour editorial (Bangladesh’s vicious politics do a disservice to its people, 19 June) inaccurately blames the government of Bangladesh for violence committed during its 2014 general election. The violence was instigated by individuals associated with the opposition Bangladesh National party, including its leade
  • Theresa May's attacks on human rights laws are gifts for despots – UN

    Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein criticises British culture of denigrating ‘bodies of international law that are now endangered’The UN human rights chief has criticised Theresa May for comments made in the wake of recent terror attacks, accusing her of offering a “gift” to every despot who “shamelessly violates human rights under the pretext of fighting terrorism”. In a highly charged speech, the UN high commissioner for human rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hus
  • Lord Joffe obituary

    Lawyer who helped Nelson Mandela escape the death penaltyAs the instructing solicitor for Nelson Mandela’s defence team at the Rivonia trial of 1963-64, Joel Joffe, later Lord Joffe, who has died aged 85, played a key role in helping the future South African president and others avoid the death penalty. That was the severest sentence that could have resulted from being convicted of sabotage, and Mandela described Joffe as “the general behind the scenes in our defence”.Charges f
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  • Gordon Wilson obituary

    Leader of the SNP who transformed his party into a professional political organisation during the Thatcher era of the 1980sGordon Wilson, who has died aged 79, was leader of the Scottish National party throughout the era of Margaret Thatcher and one of the party’s most recognisable figures as MP for Dundee East between 1974 and 1987. A lawyer by profession and a committed Christian, Wilson was widely respected for his integrity, courtesy and consistency of political belief. He played a cru
  • Trump travel ban: US supreme court partially lifts block on order

    Supreme court agrees to hear arguments on legality of controversial order in the fall after lifting significant elements of lower court orders to block banThe US supreme court handed a partial victory to the Trump administration on Monday as it lifted significant elements of lower court orders blocking the president’s controversial travel ban, which targets visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries.Related: Refugee admissions nearly halved as supreme court mulls Trump travel banCo
  • At 15 I was tortured in Assad’s prisons. I escaped, but thousands still suffer | Anonymous

    Over 10 months I was beaten, starved, whipped and given electric shocks, in brutal prisons in Syria. Now I am free, but my mind never will beFor the 10 months I spent as a detainee in the prisons of Bashar al-Assad, I only saw my family in my dreams. At night, the screams would stop for an hour or two, and I could close my eyes and remember what it was like to be human. When I slept, I would return to my life. Related: Assad’s slaughterhouse defies description, but it’s horrifyingly
  • This ruling allows councils to boycott Israel. It’s a crucial victory | Ben Jamal

    The Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s judicial review is a win for the rule of law, meaning action can be taken against Israel for its violations of international lawTwo weeks ago I found myself in a sweaty room in the Royal Courts of Justice, packed with fellow Palestine activists, listening to detailed and sometimes arcane legal arguments about pension law. The journey that ended in that courtroom began in September last year when the government announced new guidance intended to prohibit
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  • This Israel boycott decision is a crucial victory for the freedom of expression | Ben Jamal

    The Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s judicial review win means that councils will not be banned from boycotting Israel for its violations of international lawTwo weeks ago I found myself in a sweaty room in the Royal Courts of Justice, packed with fellow Palestine activists, listening to detailed and sometimes arcane legal arguments about pension law. The journey that ended in that courtroom began in September last year when the government announced new guidance intended to prohibit local g
  • Texas Latinos greet court date for 'show me your papers' SB4 immigration law

    Federal judge will hear arguments to decide whether harsh anti-sanctuary cities law will take effect in September. The Trump White House is watchingAnger at Texas’ strict new immigration law simmered as a thousand Latino policymakers and advocates gathered in Dallas this weekend, ahead of a hearing in which civil rights groups will ask for the measure to be blocked. Related: 'A good friend in the White House': how Texas became Trump's frontlineRelated: The small Texas city fighting to rema
  • Legal aid cuts leave residents no way to challenge poor housing | Liz Davies

    The Grenfell Tower action group had no access to legal aid. Residents at risk in their homes want straightforward, enforceable legal remedies to keep them safeAmong the many heartbreaking details of the Grenfell Tower fire is the fact that the Grenfell Action Group raised concerns about a fire risk in 2013 and earlier this year, and that residents tried to find legal advice but no legal aid was available. Cuts to legal aid in the 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act has res
  • Artist colleagues of Khadija Saye demand swift justice for her and all Grenfell victims | Letter

    We are devastated by the death of Khadija Saye in this seemingly preventable tragedy. A criminal investigation must be pursued – and quicklyHow many days have now passed since the horrific night of Wednesday 14 June, when at least 79 were killed in London’s Grenfell Tower fire? In that time, how many incriminating emails and documents may have been deleted or shredded? We are concerned that, up until now, and as far as we are aware, there have been no arrests, seizure of documents, s
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  • Supreme court justice Anthony Kennedy is focus of retirement rumors

    81-year-old judge moves 30-year clerks reunion up a year, sparking talkRetirement would hand Trump chance to give conservatives firm controlThe supreme court will enter its final week of work before a long summer hiatus, with action expected on the Trump travel ban and a decision due in a separation of church and state case that arises from a Missouri church playground. Related: Partisan gerrymandering benefited Republicans in 2016 election – reportContinue reading...
  • Partisan gerrymandering benefited Republicans in 2016 election – report

    Associated Press scrutinizes 435 US House and 4,700 state racesSupreme court will consider gerrymandering in Wisconsin caseDonald Trump claimed the 2016 US election was rigged against him, alleging without evidence massive voter fraud. Democrats have said Russian interference stacked the odds against Hillary Clinton.Related: Supreme court to decide whether state gerrymandering violates constitutionContinue reading...
  • ‘How I caught a serial killer – and lost my career in the police’ | Tim Lewis

    When DS Steve Fulcher arrested Christopher Halliwell over the disappearance of 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan, it was the start of his own downfall. He tells Tim Lewis why he’d do it againWhenever Steve Fulcher is asked to explain his actions during four excruciatingly tense hours on Thursday 24 March 2011 – which he often is by former police colleagues, official enquiries and now journalists – he always turns the question round. “If you were in my position, what woul
  • ‘How I caught a serial killer – and lost my career in the police’

    When DS Steve Fulcher arrested Christopher Halliwell over the disappearance of 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan, it was the start of his own downfall. He tells Tim Lewis why he’d do it againWhenever Steve Fulcher is asked to explain his actions during four excruciatingly tense hours on Thursday 24 March 2011 – which he often is by former police colleagues, official enquiries and now journalists – he always turns the question round. “If you were in my position, what woul
  • Mormon girl who says she is gay has microphone cut off, stirring protest

    13-year-old spoke to congregation in Eagle Mountain, Utah in MayBishop calls recording of incident and protest ‘problematic’A video of a young Mormon girl in Utah telling her congregation that she is gay and still loved by God, before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders, has sparked a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBTQ issues.Related: 'No doesn't really mean no': North Carolina law means women can't revoke consent for sexRelated: Gay activi
  • Mormon girl cut off while speaking about her sexuality in church – video

    Savannah, a 13-year-old Mormon girl from Utah, is cut off while speaking to her church congregation about being gay. Video of the incident, which happened on 7 May, shows the girl giving her testimony until the microphone is turned off and she is asked to sit downWatch the full clip on NewNameNoah’s YouTube channelContinue reading...
  • 'No doesn't really mean no': North Carolina law means women can't revoke consent for sex

    Recent rape cases highlight legal loophole resulting from 1979 state supreme court ruling, prompting a renewed campaign for changeOne Monday in January, Aaliyah Palmer, 19, spent several hours telling law enforcement in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that she had been raped. Things started out OK, she said, in a consensual encounter in a bathroom. But when the man having sex with her began tearing out her hair, she demanded he stop; he didn’t. Related: Bill Cosby plans to teach young people
  • Donald Trump may face new legal action over Trump University

    Sherri Simpson, a member of a class action lawsuit which settled for $25m, has appealed the settlement with intention to sue independently for fraudDonald Trump could face new legal action over his controversial Trump University venture, after a new suit was filed in federal court.In November, days after he won the presidency, Trump settled three class action fraud lawsuits over Trump University, for $25m. More than 6,000 people were listed in the suits, claiming they were lured into paying up t
  • Why charming men make dangerous lovers

    Sandra Horley, head of domestic violence charity Refuge, wrote a pioneering book on the abuse of women 25 years ago. She’s just republished it because the violence goes onOne day, in the mid-80s, Sandra Horley sat on a stool in her partner’s studio and told him what she was seeing at work. She described the women who were coming to her refuges (which she ran on an overdraft), their terror, the injuries they’d sustained at the hands of their partners – hit with hammers, ra
  • Why charming men can make dangerous lovers

    Sandra Horley, head of domestic violence charity Refuge, wrote a pioneering book on the abuse of women 25 years ago. She’s just republished it because the violence goes onOne day, in the mid-80s, Sandra Horley sat on a stool in her partner’s studio and told him what she was seeing at work. She described the women who were coming to her refuges (which she ran on an overdraft), their terror, the injuries they’d sustained at the hands of their partners – hit with hammers, ra
  • Grenfell Tower fire: police considering manslaughter charges

    Detectives say building’s insulation and cladding tiles failed fire safety tests and they are establishing if use was illegalPolice have said they are considering manslaughter charges in relation to the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze as they revealed that the insulation and cladding tiles at the building failed safety tests.Det Supt Fiona McCormack, who is overseeing the investigation, said on Friday that officers had established the initial cause of the fire was a fridge-freezer and that it
  • School holidays row: Isle of Wight man loses legal fight over daughter's absence

    Jon Platt’s legal battle over his daughter’s term-time holiday ends in disappointment – and bill of £140,000 to taxpayerA father who took his child out of school for a holiday during term time, sparking a long-running legal fight, has been found guilty of failing to secure her regular attendance.Jon Platt’s campaign had previously gone all the way from Isle of Wight magistrates court to defeat at the supreme court, at a cost of nearly £140,000 to the public pu
  • Hong Kong's new chief: detention of booksellers in China not our concern

    Carrie Lam says it is not government’s place to challenge mainland over abduction and detention of city’s booksellersThe kidnapping and detention of a group of Hong Kong booksellers is of no concern to the city’s government, its new leader has said.Five booksellers associated with Hong Kong-based Mighty Current publishing were detained two years ago by Chinese police, with two of the men spirited across borders by plainclothes agents.Related: Chalk Girl: the protester at the he
  • North Korea denies US student Otto Warmbier was tortured

    Pyongyang spokesman says student who was sent to US in coma was kept ‘under humanitarian conditions’ in prisonNorth Korea has accused the US of conducting a smear campaign against the regime over Otto Warmbier, the American student who was sent home in a coma after 17 months in prison.The 22-year-old, who died on 19 June – just over a week after being flown home to Ohio, had spent a year suffering from a severe brain injury that North Korean doctors claimed had been caused by a
  • EU members abstain as Britain defeated in UN vote on Chagos Islands

    Mauritius supported by 94 nations in move to consult The Hague over colonial hold of Indian Ocean territory by BritishThe UK has suffered a humiliating defeat at the United Nations general assembly in a vote over decolonisation and its residual hold over disputed territory in the Indian Ocean.By a margin of 94 to 15 countries, delegates supported a Mauritian-backed resolution to seek an advisory opinion from the international court of justice (ICJ) in The Hague on the legal status of the Chagos
  • Bill Cosby plans to teach young people how to not get accused of sexual assault

    Just days after his sexual assault case ended in a mistrial, spokespeople said the disgraced comedian will embark on ‘town halls’ about the issueJust days after his sexual assault case ended in a mistrial, Bill Cosby wants to embark on a series of “town halls” to speak to young people about sexual assault – specifically, it seems, how to avoid an accusation.That’s the impression two spokespeople for the disgraced comedian gave when they appeared Thursday on a
  • Term-time holiday legal battle has cost taxpayers almost £140,000 so far

    Figure released as parent’s case against original £60 fine is to return to Isle of Wight magistrates court where it first beganThe government spent almost £140,000 of taxpayers’ money on a prolonged legal battle against a father who took his daughter out of school for a holiday during term-time, according to new figures.The case, which saw Jon Platt pitched against his Isle of White council and the Department for Education (DfE), began in 2015 when he refused to pay a &po
  • Cost of NHS negligence claims likely to double by 2023, says study

    Medical society calls for legal changes, saying spiralling £1.5bn annual bill diverts significant funding from frontline careThe annual cost to the NHS in England of settling clinical negligence claims is equivalent to training 6,500 doctors and is expected to double by 2023, according to the Medical Protection Society.Further increases in the £1.5bn bill will render such payments unsustainable and divert significant amounts of funding away from frontline patient care, the organisati
  • Thousands warned their blocks clad with same panelling as Grenfell Tower

    Guardian inquiries suggests 25 buildings in London, Salford and Plymouth are covered in aluminium compositeIs your tower block affected? Share your storiesThousands of tower block residents around the UK have been warned that their homes are clad with the same flammable aluminium panels believed to have fuelled the deadly blaze at Grenfell Tower in London.A day of frantic testing by local authorities began to determine how many people were living in potentially dangerous high rises, after Theres
  • UN vote backing Chagos Islands a blow for UK

    Mauritius supported by 94 nations in move to consult The Hague over colonial hold of Indian Ocean territory by BritishThe UK has suffered a humiliating defeat at the United Nations general assembly in a vote over decolonisation and its residual hold over disputed territory in the Indian Ocean.By a margin of 94 to 15 countries, delegates supported a Mauritian-backed resolution to seek an advisory opinion from the international court of justice (ICJ) in The Hague on the legal status of the Chagos
  • Health and safety is no laughing matter | Letters

    Chris Bazlinton on why jokes about ‘elf and safety’ are beyond the pale; Jim Hooker on council spending cuts; Enid Gauldie on an 1840 plea for housing regulation; Pete Dorey on public-sector red tape; Chris Parr on simpler tax lawsSteven Poole rightly points out the dangers of deregulation, and how new rules are so often only introduced following disasters (The deregulation game, G2, 21 June). This is a very real and poignant matter for me, given the deaths of my daughter and her fri
  • Legal challenge made against possible DUP deal with Tories

    Lawyers for Green party politician Ciaran McClean allege that any talks are breach of the terms of the Good Friday agreementA Green party politician in Northern Ireland has begun a legal challenge against the anticipated parliamentary deal between the Democratic Unionist party and the Conservatives. Related: Michael Gove and the DUP getting into bed? Now that’s sordid | Stewart LeeContinue reading...
  • Benefit cap on lone parents of under-twos is unlawful, court rules

    Policy has caused ‘real misery to no good purpose’ as parents of children under two do not qualify for free childcareThe government’s policy of imposing the benefit cap on tens of thousands of lone parents with children under the age of two is unlawful, discriminatory and has resulted in “real damage” to the families affected, the high court has ruled.The benefit cap, which limits the total amount households can receive in benefits to £20,000 a year, or £
  • Banned ex-mayor of Tower Hamlets loses latest appeal bid

    Lutfur Rahman, barred from running for office after being found guilty of corruption, fails in attempt to challenge rulingA former mayor barred from running for office for five years after being found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices after a specialist court hearing has lost the latest stage of an appeal bid.Lutfur Rahman, who was the directly elected mayor of Tower Hamlets in London, asked two senior judges to reconsider his case at a high court hearing in London in May. Continue reading
  • As China tramples on Hong Kong's freedom, a feeble Britain avoids its glance | Angela Gui

    Theresa May emphasises the importance of British values. But Britain’s limpness over Hong Kong demonstrates how easily they are compromisedI am too young to remember the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and its promise for the new world I would live in. But I have lived to see that promise trampled.The Sino-British Joint Declaration, signed to pave the way for the handover, was supposed to protect the people of Hong Kong from Chinese interference in their society and markets until 20
  • No need to apologise to British soldiers over Iraq claims, says Martyn Day

    Lawyer cleared of professional misconduct charges over claims against British forces in Iraq says the case was politically motivatedThe decision to prosecute human rights lawyers at the law firm Leigh Day was politically influenced, a senior partner has said in his first interview since being cleared of professional misconduct charges.Martyn Day said he and his colleagues did not need to apologise for doing their jobs and making British soldiers accountable for their actions in Iraq.
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  • What our prison population says about our society | Letters

    Prisons are now the largest provider of residential care for elderly men. What does that say about us? Guardian readers respondThe fact that prisons are now the largest provider of residential care for elderly men in the UK is just one more sign of the degraded “society” we live in (Buried alive: the old men stuck in Britain’s prisons, 20 June). But what is to be done? There is no chance of politicians taking meaningful action, in thrall as they are to the whims of a vocal
  • What can The Hunting Ground teach Australia? – video

    ‘If someone ever tells you this happened to them ... believe them and we will change the universe,’ says Amy Ziering, producer of the 2015 documentary, The Hunting Ground, which explores sexual assault at universities in the USA and airs on ABC2 this week. The Guardian’s Gabrielle Jackson chaired a panel with representatives from rape support services and campaigners and students from Sydney university to explore the film’s relevance to Australia, and discuss the Australi
  • Grenfell Tower is a terrible betrayal of human rights | Leilani Farha

    The tragic fire remains a symbol of what has gone wrong in housing for poor people, despite my warnings to the UK government not to ignore human rightsIn 2013 my predecessor, Raquel Rolnik, the UN-appointed special rapporteur on the right to housing, visited the UK and warned that the government’s roll-back on investment in social housing and its emphasis instead on investment in the private rental market was having a deleterious effect on the availability and adequacy of social housing st
  • Major publishers move to defend Greenpeace in dispute with logging firm

    Firms including Penguin Random House and HarperCollins have spoken out about timber company’s ‘dangerous’ moves to quash campaigners’ claims The world’s biggest book publishers have been dragged into a bitter dispute between a US logging company and environmental campaigners Greenpeace. It follows legal action taken by the logging company, Resolute Forest Products, which campaigners and publishers fear has implications for freedom of speech.The dispute centres on cl
  • Justice Department's founding was complicated - Washington Times

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    Justice Department's founding was complicated
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    If you think the Department of Justice is grabbing the headlines these days, on June 22, 1870, the news was even bigger. Congress seemingly remedied the federal government's legal shortcomings that day when it created the department. To be sure, there ...
  • Time for justice reform is now, leading evangelicals say - Washington Times

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    Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says evangelical Christians must lead on criminal justice reform. (Sarah Nelson / The Washington Times) more >. 0. Share. 0. Tweet. 0. Share. 0. Pin. 0. Share. 0. Mail. 0. Share.
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  • EU justice minister: progress made in fighting antisemitism on social media - The Jerusalem Post

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    “Lawyers and experts have to consider that this hate speech can incite real violence in the real world.” EU COMMISSIONER for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourova.. (photo credit:YVES HERMAN / REUTERS). The European Union has ...
  • Justice Dept. to Work With 12 Cities to Fight Violent Crime - New York Times

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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions this month. He announced Tuesday that 12 cities would receive assistance from law enforcement advisers and consultants to help develop strategies to combat violent crime. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times. BETHESDA ...
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  • Next up: a special counsel to probe Team Obama's obstruction of justice - New York Post

    Next up: a special counsel to probe Team Obama's obstruction of justice
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    By using fired FBI Director James Comey to attack the new Republican administration, Democrats have opened up a legal can of worms for the Obama administration. Under sworn questioning, Comey has veered off the topic of President Trump and Russia ...and more »
  • Two justice systems – one for the poor and one for the political elite - Breaking Belize News (blog)

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    Two justice systems – one for the poor and one for the political elite
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    By BBN Staff: Belizeans, for the most part, would agree that justice in this country is not administered equally. It is a known fact, especially for Belizeans living in some of the most difficult circumstances, facing constant harassment and ...
  • Turkey's opposition head leads march for justice - Al-Monitor

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    In May 2016, Turkey's parliament passed a constitutional amendment revoking the judicial immunity of current lawmakers. The move was believed to target Kurdish deputies, and indeed many members of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), including both ...and more »
  • Privatised probation programme 'could be dropped with negligible impact'

    A joint report by the chief inspectors of probation and prisons says staff are focused on paperwork and targets at the expense of prisonersA key part of the government’s probation privatisation reforms could be dropped tomorrow without any impact on the resettlement of prisoners, a joint report by the chief inspectors of probation and prisons has warned.In what critics dubbed a “devastating report on a growing scandal” Dame Glenys Stacey, the chief inspector of probation, and P

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