Wednesday's verdict against a former member of the Syrian secret service in the western German city of Koblenz can safely be described as "historic." It is the first time that a court has ruled that the Syrian government has committed crimes against humanity and that President Bashar Assad's regime is conducting an offensive against the population that involves kidnapping, torture and murder. The media are full of reports about injustices carried out by all parties in Syria's civil war. The proceedings in Koblenz show that the evidence can stand up in court. That evidence that was collected and examined over 60 days of hearings, presented by courageous eyewitnesses and experts. It presents a disturbing picture of a brutal machine of repression, in which torture not only serves to extort information but also as a means of revenge and deterrence. It is evidence that there has been torture and killings on "an almost industrial scale," according to the prosecutors. DW's … [Read more...] about Opinion: German court sends message on Syria war crimes
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A MAN has been ordered to pay his ex-wife thousands of pounds for the years of housework and childcare she did during their marriage in a landmark ruling. The Beijing divorce court decision - believed to be the first of its kind - has sparked a heated debate in China , as the man has been told he must pay his former spouse 50,000 yuan (£5,460) for five years of unpaid labour. It comes after a new civil code came into force in the country that seeks to better protect the rights of individuals. The legislation allows people to appeal for compensation from their partners in a divorce if they have shouldered more responsibilities - including housework. According to court records, the man, listed as Mr Chen, filed for divorce last year from his wife, listed as Ms Wang, after they married in 2015. She was reluctant at first, but later requested financial compensation and division of property, on that grounds that her ex had not taken on any housework or childcare … [Read more...] about Man ordered to pay ex-wife £5,000 for years of housework and childcare in landmark Chinese court ruling
The NHS is facing a legal challenge over its data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir, Sky News can reveal. Palantir, which has become notorious for its close ties to security services and immigration agencies in the United States, secured its first ever deal to handle NHS data in March last year for the nominal sum of £1. Legal group Foxglove announced today that it was bringing a court case against the health service to force it to reconsider the contract, which was extended in December 2020 and is now worth £23.5m. Government's failure to publish COVID contracts details was unlawful, High Court rules The lawsuit is the latest challenge over procurement during the pandemic, which has become a highly contentious topic in recent months, with critics accusing the government of favouring its own contacts. It comes as a batch of internal government emails uncovered by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and seen by Sky News reveal that … [Read more...] about NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir
Amnesty International said on Wednesday that it no longer recognizes jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as a "prisoner of conscience." The global rights watchdog cited the politician's past "advocacy of hatred" as the reason behind its decision. It, however, did not mention any specific remarks made by him in the past. At the start of his political career a decade ago, Navalny drew criticism for his anti-immigrant statements. "Some of these comments, which Navalny has not publicly denounced, reach the threshold of advocacy of hatred, and this is at odds with Amnesty's definition of a prisoner of conscience," the London-based NGO said. Watch video 00:37 Borrell: 'We have to sanction the people who are directly related with his arrest' Amnesty continues to call for Navalny's release Over the past few years, Navalny has emerged as Russia's leading critic of President Vladimir Putin by publishing investigations into corruption and leading … [Read more...] about Amnesty strips Navalny of ‘prisoner of conscience’ status
Teenagers could be in line for an average windfall of £2,000 after it was revealed that £400 million is lying unclaimed from child trust fund (CTF) pots. Around 6.3million CTFs have been set up since their launch in 2002, according to HMRC, and the first batch of accounts started maturing last year. But new figures, reported in the Daily Mail , have revealed that £400 million of the savings have still not been claimed. Around 200,000 CTFs have not been cashed-in, worth an average of £2,000. In many cases, a teenager may not know they are entitled to the cash. Roughly 4.5million CTFs were opened by parents or guardians, but 1.8million have been set up by HMRC when parents failed to do so, which means these kids could be in line for a hidden windfall. The accounts can only be accessed once the child it was opened for reaches age 18, so some teenagers may not know there is a CTF with their name on it. What is a child trust fund? CTFs were a government initiative … [Read more...] about Millions of teens sitting on £400m in Child Trust Funds – could you get up to £2,000?