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Coup and Constitution in Zimbabwe Part 1: The Military Action is Profoundly Unconstitutional

Jason Brickhill 18th November 2017

On 14 November 2017, the Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF) took control of key parts of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare. Military personnel placed tanks and military vehicles on arterial roads, seized the public broadcaster and state daily newspaper, and occupied the Presidential residence, State House. A number of Cabinet Ministers and other officials were also detained. The […]

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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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Child Marriage before the Indian Supreme Court

Disha Chaudhry 16th November 2017

The Supreme Court of India on 11th October 2017 ruled that sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his minor wife would amount to rape for the purposes of Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. The Court has read down Exception 2 to Section 375 which reads “Sexual intercourse or sexual […]

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Australia Denies Political Participation as an Indigenous Human Right

Dominic O'Sullivan 15th November 2017

Political participation is a human right affirmed and contextualised for indigenous peoples under the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Australia was one of four post-settler colonial states to vote against the Declaration in 2007. However, in 2009 it reversed its objection. It had come to accept that the Declaration was not […]

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