March 5, 2015
by Brittany Felder
UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai on Wednesday welcomed a bill introduced in the lower house of the Victorian Parliament designed to repeal stringent laws regulating protests. The laws, introduced last year and dubbed "move on" laws, expanded police power to enable them to move protesters who ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday announced a plan to revoke and curb citizenship of Australians involved in terrorist activities. The proposal was made as a response to over a hundred Australian nationals who have traveled overseas to fight for the Islamic State (IS), finding ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The High Court of Australia on Wednesday ruled that the off-shore detention of more than 150 ethnic Tamil refugees aboard an Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) vessel was lawful under the Maritime Powers Act of 2013. The case was brought by 157 Tamil refugees fleeing Sri ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Emelina Perez
A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says the US government admitted his conviction was incorrect and did not dispute Hicks' innocence. The US Court of Military Commission Review has not yet ruled on the appeal, but Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, believes they will overturn the ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Federal court of Australia has upheld a ruling allowing US-based genetic testing company Myriad Genetics to retain its patent for genetic material (DNA and RNA) it has isolated from human cells. Patient advocacy group Cancer Voices Australia (CVA) appealed a February 2013 court ruling that ...[read more]
August 8, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Apple and Samsung on Wednesday agreed to drop all patent infringement lawsuits in courts outside of the US. The move will result in the abandonment of litigation in nine countries, including South Korea, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain. The two ...[read more]
May 15, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday launched a global anti-torture campaign, as it released a report summarizing the results of a global survey analyzing attitudes towards torture in 141 countries. The report found that 44 percent of the 21,000 people surveyed would not feel safe from torture if ...[read more]
April 2, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The High Court of Australia ruled on Wednesday that a person can be legally recognized as gender neutral. "Norrie," who was born male but underwent a "sex affirmation procedure" in 1989, sought to be officially categorized as gender "non specific." Though the NSW Regisry of Birth, Deaths, and ...[read more]
March 31, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Monday that Japan cannot continue its annual whale hunt, finding that it is not being carried out for the scientific purposes the Japanese government had claimed. This 12-4 decision was the result of a suit brought against Japan by Australia, which ...[read more]

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