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Indonesia’s New Counter-Terrorism Law and the Government’s Hidden Agenda?

Napat Rungsrithananon 17th August 2018

Following the suicide bombings by attackers with links to the Islamic State in May, the Indonesian Parliament has finally approved the long-pending revisions to the counter-terrorism law. While the determination to combat a surge in home-grown Islamist militancy is not to be doubted, there is good reason to fear that the government may have a hidden […]

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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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