Tag: Sarah Joseph

  • Andrew Bolt, Free Speech, and Racial Intolerance

    by Sarah Joseph In Eatock v Bolt, decided on September 28, the (in)famous conservative columnist and commentator Andrew Bolt was found to have breached the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (the “RDA”) in writing two particular articles published in 2009, “It’s so hip to be black” and “White fellas in the black”.  In the articles, […]

  • Troy Davis, the death penalty, and international human rights law

    by Sarah Joseph Troy Davis died late on Wednesday 21 September, executed by lethal injection in Jackson, Georgia for the murder in 1991 of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.  His execution provoked worldwide outrage, given that clear doubts over his guilt existed. Seven of nine witnesses had recanted from their testimony at his trial, […]

  • SARC wants to keep Victorian Charter – so long as it’s not a Charter anymore

    by Sarah Joseph On 14 September, the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC) of the Victorian Parliament delivered its review of the state’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.  While SARC does not recommend repealing the Charter, the profoundly disappointing report includes a recommendation that the Charter be gutted so as to deprive it […]

  • The SARC review of the Victorian Charter of Rights and Responsibilities – profoundly disappointing

    by Sarah Joseph, Julie Debeljak and Adam Fletcher The Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee of the Victorian Parliament today tabled its report after a review of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. In essence, the majority of the Committee recommends stripping most of the operative provisions from the Charter, leaving […]

  • Mr Rudd is wrong on arbitrary detention

    Sarah Joseph In an interview with The Australia Network’s Jim Middleton on Newsline, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd responded to an assertion by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay:  she had stated on ABC’s 7:30 that mandatory immigration detention in Australia is arbitrary and in breach of Article 9(1) of the International Covenant […]

  • The killing of Osama bin Laden: his right to life and the new torture debate

    The killing of Osama bin Laden: his right to life and the new torture debate

    Sarah Joseph Osama Bin Laden’s killing at the hands of US Navy SEALS on 1 May gives rise to some interesting international law issues. Here, I address some of those issues from a human rights perspective, concerning freedom from torture (regarding the intelligence used to find Bin Laden) and the right to life (regarding his […]