‘The court of appeal’s decision to halt the deportation of detainees unable to exercise their legal right to contact their lawyers has been impugned as vexatious by Downing Street.The court of appeal’s decision to halt the deportation of detainees unable to exercise their legal right to contact their lawyers has been impugned as vexatious by Downing Street.
Tory ministers should stop implying that action against terrorism means turning against European human rights laws
‘Hostility towards the very concept of human rights is increasingly entwined with populist hostility to European institutions.Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters
British lawyers played a leading part in drafting the European convention on human rights.
The murderous, jihadist ideology that is assumed to have guided Amman’s actions is frightening.The toughest questions must be asked both of the prison service, who released Amman, and of the security services who thought the former prisoner so dangerous that they put armed officers on his tail.
Two highly unusual cases shed light on our understanding of attitudes towards sexual assault
Women rights activists in Paralimni, Cyprus, rally in support of a British teenager accused of falsely claiming she was raped by Israeli tourists.They live not only with the fear of sexual assault, and an almost automatic vigilance, but with the fear of what might happen to them after such an attack.
The sentencing of criminals should serve several purposes, but primarily these might be retribution, deterrence, prevention and rehabilitation.While there are lessons to be learned from both cases, so far the reaction has been disappointingly kneejerk.
She dismissed the accusations against Myanmar as an incomplete and factually misleading account.To prove genocide requires evidence of intent as well as of atrocities: the bar is high.
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But Mr Johnson’s eye is not on the facts to inform the public.Only last year the chief inspector of prisons said that present conditions in jails have “no place in an advanced nation”.
Since she was strangled on the eve of her 22nd birthday, the 27-year-old murderer has continued to inflict pain.In the last five years, 20 UK women have been killed by men who used “rough sex”, often involving strangulation, as a defence.
The shameful treatment of pregnant inmates and of the children of jailed women must be addressed.The last five years saw a steady rise in the number of babies born to female prisoners in England and Wales (from 43 to 67) despite the female prison population barely changing.
The Guardian, like others, strongly opposed Mr Assange’s subsequent decision to publish unredacted documents in bulk.The Obama administration decided against pursuing Mr Assange under the Espionage Act, realising the threat to first amendment rights.
These figures mark a significant improvement in the approach to young people taken by the police and criminal justice system – mirroring similar changes in Scotland.Against this backdrop, combined with continued and serious dysfunction in the youth prison sector, raising the age of criminal responsibility might not appear to be the most urgent priority.
The Guardian view on the migrant tragedy in Essex: a border crackdown is not the way forward | Editorial | Opinion
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The known facts about how 39 people died in a lorry in Essex this week remain sparse, stark and shocking.The 31 male and eight female victims were all adults and, it became clear on Thursday, all were Chinese nationals.
This is not a controversial opinion in the fields of public health and policing – services on the frontline of the problem – but it is far from orthodoxy in Westminster.In practice, a more tolerant drug policy environment could legitimise use and boost demand – for which villains provide the supply.
No one who is familiar with Mrs Merkel’s style of diplomacy imagines that Downing Street accurately reflected what was said.It is unclear whether Mr Johnson authorised that message but it hardly matters.
But such rigour is rare coming from this prime minister’s mouth.The problem with Mr Johnson’s brief tenure of 10 Downing Street is the exact opposite of the point he made on Monday.
So dramatic and polarising have these events been that an effort of will is required even to recall the political assumptions that applied before the supreme court changed everything on Tuesday.The supreme court blew two holes in that plan.
It took the judges to stop them – for now
‘A prime minister with honour would tender their resignation.But Mr Johnson has no honour and no shame.
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The good news is that a coup-prone country is unlikely to experience yet another military takeover in the immediate future.Prayuth Chan-ocha, the 2014 coup leader, is the elected prime minister.
He was initially charged with three counts of rape, as well as assault by beating and false imprisonment.The number of rape charges fell by 38% in a year, the number of rape prosecutions by 33%, and the number of convictions by 27%.
The Guardian view on the rise in domestic killings: figures to shock politicians to act | Editorial | Opinion
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It has been a terrible week for everyone in the UK who is concerned about shockingly high levels of violence against women.First, the prorogation of parliament meant that a long-awaited domestic abuse bill, placing new statutory duties on councils among other measures, fell.