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First Criminal Conviction under Belgium’s Anti-Sexism Act

Elise Maes 15th March 2018

A man who made sexist remarks to a female police officer was sentenced to pay a €3,000 fine and became the first person to be convicted under Belgium’s 2014 Anti-Sexism Act. While the Anti-Sexism Act is vague in certain respects, it serves an important symbolic function. Acknowledging the gendered component in certain types of abuse […]

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The Hidden Cost of the Death Penalty in India

Shubhangi Agarwalla 2nd March 2018

The death penalty needs to have significant social benefits, not attainable with the next most severe form of punishment, life imprisonment, for it to be justified. Existing arguments already show how death penalty fails this test by drawing attention to the inherent barbarity of the punishment, the arbitrary way it is inflicted and the lack […]

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The Philippines’ War on Drugs

Swagat Baruah 24th January 2018

When Rodrigo Duterte took to office as President of the Philippines on June 30 2016, he sought to fulfil, among his many other deadly campaign promises, his promise to cleanse the country of drugs users and dealers, explicitly by extra-judicial means. On August 8, 2016, he declared: “I don’t care for human rights, believe me.” […]

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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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