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Offences Against Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore: Vindicating The Victim’s Right to Dignity

Benjamin Joshua Ong 17th November 2017

The High Court of Singapore recently increased the sentences of two employers who had starved their foreign domestic worker, causing serious physical injury. In so doing, the court affirmed the victim’s right to human dignity despite the relative leniency of the charge. This case prompts reflection not only on the vulnerability of foreign domestic workers […]

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Extra-territorial arrests by States: Did the Namibian Supreme Court get it wrong?

Ndjodi Ndeunyema 31st August 2017

The decision of Likanyi v The State, which was recently handed down by the Namibian Supreme Court, raises pertinent issues relating to the understanding and application of the principles of public international law which govern the extraterritorial arrest of individuals by States. The Court had to consider whether it could exercise criminal jurisdiction over one […]

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India’s Model Beggary Bill: Towards Rehabilitating the Beggars

Prateek Srivastava and Dushyant Thakur 22nd August 2017

The practice of beggary is rampant in India and currently, over 4 lakh (400,000) people are involved in it. Some practice beggary because of their religious beliefs while for some it is their sole source of livelihood. Incidents of human trafficking for the purpose of beggary and miscreants disguised as beggars create further issues. Presently, […]

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Penalising Anti-Semitism in Poland: Creating “Free Speech Martyrs”?

Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias 18th July 2017

On a November night in 2015, an effigy of a Jew was burnt in the main market square in Wrocław, Poland, as part of a protest against accepting refugees into Poland. The figure was holding the European Union’s flag. The burning was committed by Piotr Rybak, an activist known for his nationalistic and xenophobic views. […]

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