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The Criminalization of Protests: Repression and Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela

The Criminalization of Protests: Repression and Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela

In Venezuela, anti-government protests are being brutally repressed; many demonstrators have been jailed, with some believed to have been tortured. On February 12, 2014, university students opposed to the current government carried out a rally a Caracas.  This date was purposely chosen for the rally because February 12th is Youth Day in Venezuela.  Youth Day [...]

Prosecuting in the Public Interest: CPS Guidelines from Assisted Suicide to Social Media

Prosecuting in the Public Interest: CPS Guidelines from Assisted Suicide to Social Media

Although the DPP’s consent is required before a prosecution for assisted suicide can be brought, the discretion whether to prosecute or not exists in all cases. In this post, drawn from a lecture given as the LAG Annual Lecture on 5 December 2013, Sir Keir Starmer KBE QC, DPP, considers how this is, and should, [...]

Respect for Private Life under Article 8 and Covert Filming – Söderman v Sweden

Respect for Private Life under Article 8 and Covert Filming – Söderman v Sweden

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (“GC”) found Sweden had breached its obligations under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”) for failing to have in place laws protecting the applicant from being filmed without consent. You may read the judgment here. The case was brought by Ms [...]

Indian Supreme Court Upholds the Right to Negative Voting

Indian Supreme Court Upholds the Right to Negative Voting

In late September, the Indian Supreme Court, in PUCL v. Union of India, upheld the constitutional right of citizens to cast a negative vote in elections. This judgment crystallizes an emerging theme in Indian constitutional jurisprudence: the connection between the constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression [Article 19(1)(a)] and parliamentary elections. In PUCL v. Union of India, [...]

Ten Thousand Miles from Wall Street: Muldoon v. Melbourne City Council

Ten Thousand Miles from Wall Street: Muldoon v. Melbourne City Council

Melbourne is ten thousand miles from Wall Street. And yet, as a Federal Court of Australia decision demonstrated this week, the legal ramifications of the Occupy Wall Street movement are no less significant for the distance. In Muldoon v Melbourne City Council, North J of the Federal Court largely dismissed a number of applications made [...]

Think This Way: How Zimbabweans Adopt, Hold and Express Their Political Ideologies

Think This Way: How Zimbabweans Adopt, Hold and Express Their Political Ideologies

When American jurist Ben Cardozo said that the freedom of thought is “the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom,” it was no idle talk. His words were- and are still- true. Other civil and political rights are largely under siege in Zimbabwe because of the curtailment of this freedom. Zimbabweans [...]

Cambodia Elections 2013: is a Cambodian Spring blossoming?

Cambodia Elections 2013: is a Cambodian Spring blossoming?

Cambodia’s weather oscillates between dry and wet seasons. According to a senior Cambodian official, this means that a Cambodian Spring is technically impossible. Despite this, Cambodians’ exercise of the right to vote during the July 2013 National Assembly elections suggest that a Cambodian Spring may indeed be blossoming. For 28 years, Cambodia has been ruled [...]

L’écran noir: Shutting down Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (‘ERT’)

L’écran noir: Shutting down Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (‘ERT’)

As I am writing these lines, Greece is the only state in the Council of Europe with no public broadcast media. On Tuesday 11 June 2013, the Greek Conservative-led coalition government announced its decision to immediately shut down Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (‘ERT’). Government spokesperson Simos Kedikoglou stated ‘ERT is a case of an exceptional lack [...]

Animal Defenders International v UK: A Case of Fruitful Dialogue, or of Strasbourg Losing its Nerve?

Animal Defenders International v UK:  A Case of Fruitful Dialogue, or of Strasbourg Losing its Nerve?

On 22 April, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held in Animal Defenders International v UK, by a majority of  9:8, that the UK’s broadcasting ban on political advertising under the Communications Act 2003  did not violate the  free speech rights of an animal rights NGO that was refused permission to [...]

Animal Defenders International: Will Strasbourg open the door to political advertisements on TV?

Animal Defenders International: Will Strasbourg open the door to political advertisements on TV?

By Jacob Rowbottom -  On Monday, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will give its long awaited decision in Animal Defenders International v UK. The Court will decide whether the ban on political advertising on the broadcast media (under the Communications Act 2003) violates Article 10.  The case was taken to [...]

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