Some prisoners ‘to be allowed to vote’ after 12-year human rights battle with Europe

The Government is to allow some prisoners to vote following a 12-year wrangle with European judges, it has been reported. Prisoners sentenced to less than a year in jail and who are let out on day release will be allowed to return home under proposals tabled by Justice Secretary David Lidington, according to The Sunday Times. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has repeatedly ruled the UK’s current blanket ban breaches prisoners’ human rights.

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Philippines’ Duterte to Trump: ‘Lay off’ human rights when we meet

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he would tell U.S. President Donald Trump to “lay off” if he raises the issue of human rights when they meet. Trump will be in Manila on the last leg of his 12-day Asian trip, which includes visits to Japan, South Korea, China, and Vietnam. Trump will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, make a state visit to Hanoi and end his trip with the Association of South East Asia Nations summit in Manila. Duterte, who brooks no criticism of his human rights record and war on…

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UN experts killed in the DRC: conduct of the fact-finding mission.

The UN Security Council is calling on the DRC government to conduct a full investigation into the murder of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan, the two members of the group of experts murdered in Kasai last March. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Canadian prosecutor Robert Petit and other experts to help the Congolese military justice track this issue. The Security Council calls on Kinshasa to work with this team to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice. Who are these experts and in what framework is their mission? Robert Petit is a Canadian prosecutor who worked for the…

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