Groundbreaking UK Court of Appeal case grants the media the right to see documents used in criminal cases

On 3rd April 2012, the UK Court of Appeal’s decision in R (Guardian News and Media Ltd) v City of Westminster Magistrates Court granted the media the right to see documents that are used in criminal proceedings. The Guardian had sought documents used to justify the extradition of British nationals Jeffrey Tesler and Wojciech Chodan… More Groundbreaking UK Court of Appeal case grants the media the right to see documents used in criminal cases

Suspected terrorist allowed to regain British nationality

On 29th March 2012, in Hilal Abdul-Razzaq Ali Al-Jedda v Secretary of State for the Home Department, the UK Court of Appeal allowed the appeal of a suspected terrorist and Iraqi refugee, against the Home Secretary’s decision to revoke his British nationality. He was granted British nationality in 2000 and, according to Iraqi law at… More Suspected terrorist allowed to regain British nationality

Comparison of the Status of the Monarch’s Speech in Parliament between the UK and Japan

1.Introduction Both the United Kingdom and Japan have had a constitutional monarchy for a long period of history. The monarch acts as the “head of state”, and many royal prerogatives have been removed by Parliament and the cabinet under each country’s constitution in recent years. However, the monarchs of both countries still have an important… More Comparison of the Status of the Monarch’s Speech in Parliament between the UK and Japan

Ontario Appeal Court strikes out unconstitutional anti-prostitution laws

On 26th March 2012, the Ontario Appeal Court, in an effort to protect the safety and wellbeing of sex workers, held that the anti-prostitution laws within Sections 210, 212, and 213 of the Canadian Criminal Code that ban brothels are unconstitutional. These sections prohibited the keeping of a “common bawdy house,” engaging in communications for… More Ontario Appeal Court strikes out unconstitutional anti-prostitution laws

UK administrative court prevents the extradition of a British drug smuggler

On 23rd March 2012, in Wright v Argentina, the UK Administrative Court decided that a British citizen convicted of drug smuggling may not be extradited to Argentina for trial because she would risk exposure to inhuman and degrading treatment under Art 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The appellant, Lucy Wright, who was… More UK administrative court prevents the extradition of a British drug smuggler

Capital punishment statistics by Amnesty International report

The death penalty is still alive and well around the world.  Amnesty International in its last report, provides detailed data about the use of the death penalty around the world. In the last two years, thousands of people have been sentenced to death. According to the report, in 2011, at least 1,923 people are known… More Capital punishment statistics by Amnesty International report

Afghan women are jailed for “moral crimes”

A report by Oxfam has found that 87% of Afghan women face systematic physical, psychological or sexual abuse, or forced marriages. Paradoxically, those responsible for the abuses do not face any legal actions, while victims face prison sentences. According to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), nearly half of all women in Afghan prisons… More Afghan women are jailed for “moral crimes”