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  1. Letters

    Posted Aug 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a moral and legal obligation to protect. It is all very well to criticise the previous administration's mandatory detention policy which saw 'children locked up behind razor wire ... are euphemistically termed 'places of detention'. Furthermore, the Rudd administration appears to be reneging on its earlier commitment to abolish the former government's policy of mandatory ...

  2. Judges wary of ruling on life terms

    Posted Feb 17th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... there is a minimum term,' he said. Mr Coleman said there was no basis to the argument that a mandatory life sentence was a form of indeterminate, arbitrary detention because the sentence was finite- ... of becoming a de facto legislature when considering a challenge on how mandatory life sentences are reviewed, a judge said yesterday. Mr Justice Michael Hartmann made the observation on the final day ...

  3. Australia reviews failed bid for asylum over 'ooga-booga' note

    Posted Jun 04th 2006, 12:00am by Billy Adams

    ... apprehension of bias,' said the judge. The case is the latest in a long line of gaffes to have embroiled the immigration system in Australia, where the government's tough detention policies ... for asylum in Australia. A government-appointed body rejected her application, but concerns were raised when a written ruling was delivered with 'ooga-booga' typed next to the heading ...

  4. News - China

    Anhui man secretly detained after land dispute hearing

    Posted Dec 27th 2012, 04:08pm by Peony Lui

    ... of misconduct has long raised human rights concerns. The recent detention of human rights activist Liu Xiaobo and the nephew of Chen Guangcheng, as well as the method of investigation in Bo Xilai’s ...

  5. Fears persist on toned-down detention code

    Posted Mar 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Ng Tze-wei tzewei.ng@scmp.com Rights advocates are worried that a watered-down regulation on cleaning up the detention system passed last month still gives police too much room to continue existing abuses. Mainland media said this week the State Council passed the Detention Centre Regulation on February 15 and it would come into effect next month. The government regulation- one level ...

  6. Inmates go on hunger strike

    Posted Sep 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... detention centre. Some of the men at the Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre in Tuen Mun had been refusing food for more than a month, said another detainee, who was not taking part. The United ... It's like a never-ending, seemingly indefinite, detention,' Patsy Ho, a solicitor at the firm, said. 'As far as they know, the more they strike, the earlier they can get an answer ...

  7. Wiretapper in detention hub for dirty police

    Posted May 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... that in the heyday of the sweeping anti-crime campaign steered by Bo and Wang, they set up a detention centre near Shizishan village in Jiangbei district, specifically for the imprisonment of police ... to that detention facility after the downfall of the pair. The source said Li was a specialist in phone tapping who had worked as the head of a telecommunications centre with Dalian Maritime University ...

  8. Detention clauses pass despite rights concerns

    Posted Mar 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... legalise secret detentions. One hundred and sixty deputies voted against the amendments, 57 abstained and 2,639 voted in favour. Rights advocates, legal professionals and microbloggers had urged ... a clause saying that police do not need to notify a suspect's family within 24 hours of detention in cases involving state security or terrorism. However, many NPC deputies said yesterday ...

  9. Tweaks scale back detention law

    Posted Mar 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... that rights advocates contended would make secret detentions easier. Changes to the 'disappearance clauses' resolved some concerns, but the improvement to the law were seen as limited ... of house arrest- at a location other than the suspects' home. They also gave police the discretion not to notify family members of detention in cases involving state security, terrorism ...

  10. Mandatory arrests should discourage drink-driving

    Posted Nov 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the arrest of suspected drink-drivers mandatory; hopefully, it will have a big deterrent effect. Coupled with an amendment to the traffic law that allows officers to conduct random breath tests ...




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