Category Archives: Governance

Trump's 'global gag rule': how women are fighting back – video

One year after Donald Trump reinstated a ban on US aid funding for overseas organisations that provide abortion services, opposition is mounting. Rallying under the banner She Decides, women around the world have united to bridge the funding gap created by the US president’s expanded version of the ‘global gag rule’, which has already forced the closure of hundreds of clinics that provided life-saving family planning services

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Trump-style populism gives ‘murderous leaders’ free rein, says rights group

Human Rights Watch report accuses western politicians of driving global misrule by feeding off public fear and discontent

Rising intolerance in many western countries has created an “open field for murderous leaders” around the world, a leading human rights group has warned.

In an annual report assessing more than 90 nations, Human Rights Watch warned of a “frontal assault on the values of inclusivity, tolerance, and respect” across states that have previously championed rights.

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Phone calls, Facebook and the odd nap: life as a judge in Myanmar | Joshua Carroll

New research suggests lax, poorly trained judges and shambolic court hearings that contravene local and international law are par for the course in Myanmar

Defence lawyer Zar Li Aye was eating lunch near a courthouse in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, when her phone rang. “Where are you?” asked a colleague. “Your client just confessed.”

The client, under pressure from a police officer, had agreed to fire her and submit a false guilty plea when the judge started the hearing early.

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Peruvians protest against pardon for jailed ex-president Fujimori

Alberto Fujimori, 79, was serving 25-year sentence for corruption and authorising death squad killings

Thousands of Peruvians have marched through Lima to vent their outrage over a pardon for the jailed former president Alberto Fujimori, in the biggest protest since the decision was announced.

The public opprobrium was directed at Peru’s president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who granted the pardon on health grounds on Christmas Eve to lift the 25-year sentence, Fujimori, 79, had been serving for corruption and authorising death squad killings.

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