Tag: "law"

Final member of Oval Four has 1972 conviction overturned | Law

Constantine ‘Omar’ Boucher was one of four black men framed by a London detective















































A poster calling for justice for the Oval Four, who were accused of carrying out muggings on the underground in London.Constantine “Omar” Boucher, now 71, was one of the Oval Four, a group of young black men who were framed by a corrupt detective and accused of carrying out muggings on the underground in London.

Quarter of criminal trials in England and Wales face disruption | Law

Robert Buckland has backed the move to postpone longer trials until at least the end of April.Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA



A quarter of crown court trials will be disrupted due to restrictions unveiled overnight by the most senior judge in England and Wales to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the justice secretary has said.

David Turrell obituary | Law

He began deciding welfare benefit appeals in 1984 as a member of social security tribunals and many thousands of appellants appreciated his incisive decisions.From 1993, he decided to specialise in that particular area of law, ceasing more lucrative work at the bar, and accepting appointment as a full-time legal chair of appeal tribunals.

Bias against mothers in family courts puts children at risk | Letter | Law

As she points out, there is a danger of abusive men simply silencing mothers and children who oppose contact arrangements, by using the counter allegation of parental alienation.This danger has increased since my letter to the Guardian was published over two years ago (Dangers of crackdown on parental alienation, 30 November 2017).

The Observer view on dropping the UK’s commitment to human rights law | Observer editorial | Opinion

Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters



To doubts that the government can be trusted to honour promises to maintain post-Brexit workplace, environmental and food standards must now be added very real concerns about its continued adherence to international human rights law – meaning, specifically, the European convention on human rights.The linking of trade agreements to human rights has become normal practice in recent years.

Spain approves draft law to strengthen rape convictions | World news

Photograph: Pablo Blázquez Domínguez/Getty Images



Spain’s leftwing government has approved a bill that would define all non-consensual sex as rape, acting on a pre-election promise to strengthen laws in defence of women’s rights.The equality minister, Irene Montero, told a news briefing on Tuesday: “Spain will be a safer country for women with the approval of this law.

Government considers law to curb use of 'rough sex' defence | Society

Legislation could be included in domestic abuse bill as it returns to parliament















































Tributes to the British backpacker Grace Millane, whose killer used the ‘rough sex’ defence in court.Police costs for bringing the orders to court would be paid for by the government for two years while a pilot of the scheme took place.

Child labour | Law | The Guardian

March 2020
























Children as young as eight picked coffee beans on farms supplying Starbucks



Nespresso also named in TV exposé of labour scandal in Guatemala





Published: 1 Mar 2020



Children as young as eight picked coffee beans on farms supplying Starbucks













February 2020
























Exploitation in focus Trafficked children among 230 people rescued in Niger raid



Police discover trafficked minors coerced into exploitative work and men from Ghana who were recruited online and enslaved





Published: 29 Feb 2020



Trafficked children among 230 people rescued in Niger raid






















George Clooney 'saddened' by alleged child labour on Nespresso coffee farms






Published: 26 Feb 2020



George Clooney 'saddened' by alleged child labour on Nespresso coffee farms






















Exploitation in focus 'Coal workers are orphans': the children and slaves mining Pakistan's coal






Published: 19 Feb 2020



'Coal workers are orphans': the children and slaves mining Pakistan's coal










January 2020
























Cutting battery industry's reliance on cobalt will be an uphill task



Electric cars and consumer electronics use mineral mined in exploitative conditions in Congo





Published: 5 Jan 2020



Cutting battery industry's reliance on cobalt will be an uphill task













December 2019
























Exploitation in focus Ferrero Rocher chocolates may be tainted by child labour



Ferrero says it has ‘zero tolerance’ for human rights abuses amid claims hazelnut pickers as young as 11 may be part of supply chain





Published: 20 Dec 2019



Ferrero Rocher chocolates may be tainted by child labour






















Exploitation in focus


I saw the unbearable grief inflicted on families by cobalt mining.I pray for change

Siddharth Kara







Published: 16 Dec 2019







Published: 16 Dec 2019

I saw the unbearable grief inflicted on families by cobalt mining.

Dubai ruler loses appeal over release of two UK court judgments | Law

She reportedly fled Dubai last year.Photograph: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images



The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has failed in his latest attempt to prevent publication of two family court judgments involving his children with his ex-wife Princess Haya of Jordan.

Free Kurdish poet Ilhan Sami Çomak | Letter | Law

Photograph: Getty



We write to draw attention to the plight of the Kurdish writer İlhan Sami Çomak.While in prison, his sentence was extended after the events of 2016, the failed coup and the ensuing repression.

Biddy Macfarlane obituary | Law

In 1949 she began reading law at Bristol University, and there met James Macfarlane, known as Mac, who became an NHS hospital adminstrator and to whom she was married from 1957 until his death in 1999.When she qualified in 1954, Biddy was one of only two female solicitors in Bristol.

Dubai ruler trying to keep two judgments secret, UK court hears | Law

Photograph: Reuters



The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is attempting to prevent publication of two family court judgments involving his two children with his ex-wife, Princess Haya of Jordan, the court of appeal in London has been told.In the two-page statement read out before the public were excluded from the hearing, Underhill said the case began in the UK courts in May last year.

Cyclist settles case for £30,000 after hitting pedestrian who was looking at phone | Law

Cyclist faced threat of ruinous legal costs despite judge ruling both parties equally to blame















































Robert Hazeldean said that because he decided against making a counter-claim, he had no means of recovering his costs.Both the cyclist, Robert Hazeldean, a garden designer, and the pedestrian, Gemma Brushett, who works in finance and also ran yoga retreats, were left unconscious after the rush-hour collision in July 2015.

UK court hears bid to access fertility clinic's records on dead person | Law

Claimant seeking access to records on storage and use of ‘sperm and/or embryos’















































The court has said the dead person’s gender cannot be revealed, and it referred to their ‘sperm and/or embryos’.Photograph: Alamy



A legal action over access to a fertility clinic’s private records concerning the storage of a dead person’s “sperm and/or embryos” is being heard by the family court partly in secret.

Family courts not safe for domestic violence victims, lawyers say | Law

Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA



The family courts are not a safe place for victims of domestic violence because some judges there hold “outdated views” on sexual violence and issues of consent, according to a letter signed by 130 lawyers and professionals.Russell suggested training may be needed for family court judges when considering allegations of sexual assault.

Last British member of European court of justice could sue EU | Law

The last British member of the European court of justice has said she could sue the EU over an attempt by the bloc’s 27 member states to force her out.Asked whether she might take the EU to the court of justice over her removal, Sharpston said she was considering her case.