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Jurisdiction over police failures in Khayelitsha, South Africa: the inter-governmental dispute

Guest Contributor 5th February 2013

In this post, Sanja Bornman, an Attorney at the Women’s Legal Centre in Cape Town, provides an overview of the current legal dispute surrounding the independent commission of inquiry set up to investigate police failures in the South African township of Khayelitsha. On 29 November 2011 a group of civil society organisations, represented by the Women’s […]

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Disappointing Departures from the Verma Committee Report

Chintan Chandrachud 3rd February 2013

  The Union Cabinet of the Government of India has cleared an ordinance making changes to India’s rape laws. This comes a few days after the Justice Verma Committee submitted its report (discussed here and here) recommending comprehensive changes to the criminal law in the light of the horrific gangrape in New Delhi in December. […]

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The Hidden Face of Forced Labour in Britain

Mei Ling McNamara 1st February 2013

As previous posts on the OxHRH Blog have highlighted, trafficking for forced labour remains a hot-button issue in the UK.  A new report by the Office of International Migration (IOM), released in January 2013, looked at trends in trafficking from over 150 missions since 2010. The report revealed that labour exploitation is now surpassing sexual slavery […]

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Clarifying the Law on Consent in The Verma Report

Meghan Campbell 31st January 2013

After the tragedy of the gang rape in Delhi on December 16, 2012, the Committee on Amendments to Criminal Law (The Verma Report) has submitted recommendations to the Prime Minister of India on reforming the laws on rape. The definition of legal consent to rape and sexual assault raises many challenging issues on the roles […]

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The Future of Human Rights on These Islands

Guest Contributor 28th January 2013

Now that the idea of a new UK Bill of Rights appears to be buried, choices re-emerge. The predicted outcome of the London-based Commission’s work was finally confirmed in December. Where now for human rights? Thinking beyond the European Convention on Human Rights was never confined to this generation or any one process. The limitations of the […]

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