A court in Delhi has ordered the Indian government to remove the name of an environmental activist who was barred from travelling to London to address British MP’s. Greenpeace campaigner Priya Pillai was stopped at New Delhi airport on 11 January after her name was placed on a “no fly …Read More »
Above: The alleged rapist, Uber driver Kumar Yadav outside a Delhi court A passenger who said she had been raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi is suing the online car service in a US federal court. The lawsuit claims that the San Francisco-headquartered company failed to maintain basic …Read More »
#Outrageous: Pakistani court setences Geo News owner (and Veena Malik) to 26 years in prison for ‘Blasphemy’
The owner of Pakistan’s largest media group has been handed a 26-year jail term after he was found guilty of blasphemy, reports say. Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, owner of Geo News, was sentenced by an ‘anti-terror’ court in Gilgit, northern Pakistan on Tuesday after the TV station aired a broadcast showing people …Read More »
The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a ban by a film industry union on women make-up artists. The ban had allowed women to work as hair-stylists but had kept make-up as the exclusive preserve of men since the first union for film industry employees was set up nearly sixty …Read More »
The trial of honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani has been shown video footage which allegedly shows the businessman handing over money to a hit man to murder his wife Anni Dewani. Dewani looked agitated as the court was shown CCTV footage, which showed Dewani meeting with taxi driver Zola Tongo …Read More »
The European Court of Justice has today lifted EU-wide sanctions placed on the Sri Lankan separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The court however, ruled that the group’s assets would remain frozen “temporarily”. The decision means the lifting of certain restrictions placed on individuals and organizations believed to be …Read More »
#Draconian: Dozens of babies born to asylum seekers in Australia face deportation after court ruling
Dozens of babies born to asylum seekers could be deported from Australia after a court ruled in a test case that a baby born to a Burmese national is an illegal entrant to the country.
Eleven-month-old Ferouz Myuddin was born at a Brisbane hospital to a Rohingya Muslim asylum seeker.
The mother and baby had been transferred to the city from the notorious refugee detention centre on the island of Nauru, off the north eastern coast of Australia.
Ferouz's mother is one of the hundreds of so-called 'Boat People' who have attempted the perilous sea-crossing to Australia from South East Asia, often in overcrowded and dangerous fishing vessels operated by human traffickers.
Apart from Burmese Rohingya Muslims, their numbers include Sri Lankan Tamils and Hazara Shia's from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Many of them have been detained at Nauru for years in conditions that have been likened to those of a concentration camp.
A judge in Brisbane however, ruled in favour of the Australian government, declaring that the babies were "unauthorized maritime arrivals" and therefore could not claim refugee status.
Lawyers say that up to 100 other babies could be affected by the ruling as the government of conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbot prepares to amend the country's Migration Act to retrospectively declare all babies born to asylum seekers who arrive by boat as "unauthorized" entrants.
If the amendments are passed all the babies will be transferred back to Nauru.
Ferouz's family had arrived in Australian territorial waters in September 2013 and were immediately taken to Nauru. When Ferouz was born prematurely, he and his mother were transferred to a hospital in Brisbane after complications arose during the delivery.
The government says that the move is aimed at discouraging people smugglers. Lawyers for the Myuddin family however, described the ruling as "ludicrous".
The family are reportedly planning to appeal.
The ruling is the latest in what many say are draconian measures to clamp down on asylum seekers to Australia, the former penal colony built by the marginalized of societies as diverse as Britain and China.
Last month, the country signed a controversial deal with Cambodia to resettle refugees in that country.
The government has also introduced 'temporary' visas allowing immigration authorities to deport refugees if conditions in their home country are deemed to have improved.
Australia's High Court is also hearing a separate challenge over 157 asylum seekers from Sri Lanka who set out from southern India and were intercepted by the Australian navy in July.
They were held on a customs ship at sea for a month, initially in secret, Their lawyers argued they were illegally detained, but government lawyers said the decision was made under existing laws.Read More »
A U.S. court has ordered Prime Minister Narendra Modi to answer allegations that he failed to stop anti-Muslim rioting when he was chief minister of Gujarat, overshadowing his first trip to the United States as his country’s leader. The civil case before a New York court seeks compensatory and punitive …Read More »
An Indian court has ordered the release of an activist who has staged a 14-year hunger strike in protest at human rights abuses in the country’s remote north-east, her lawyer said on Tuesday. Irom Sharmila, known as the ‘Iron Lady of Manipur’ for her unwavering and non-violent protest, embarked on …Read More »
Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria’s application to appeal a life ban for match fixing has been refused by the Court of Appeal in London. Kaneria was banned in June 2012 for spot-fixing while playing for Essex in 2009. The 33-year-old had denied any wrongdoing. However, Court of Appeal judge Sir Stanley …Read More »