Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Northern Ireland Makes Paying for Sex a Crime in New Law

According to The Guardian, Northern Ireland passed a controversial law on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 targeting prostitution clients by making it illegal to pay for sex.

The legislation outlawing buying sex is found in one clause in the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill, and was subsequently approved in the Stromont assembly’s affirmative vote on the overarching bill.

According to The Guardian, at least one politician, Justice Minister David Ford, opposed addressing several different issues in one piece of legislation, stating that he didn’t believe “the complexities of prostitution can be adequately addressed in a single clause in a bill.”

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A recent survey of Northern Ireland sex workers revealed that an overwhelming majority of sex workers also opposed the new law and didn’t believe criminalizing their clients would serve to “protect” them, but would actually have the opposite effect. According to The Guardian, “about 17,500 men pay for sex in Northern Ireland every year.”

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Free Media in Russia Targeted in New Foreign Ownership Regulation

In a move to reportedly counteract the “information war” against Russia, President Vladimir Putin signed into law a regulation requiring all media companies in Russia to be at least 80 percent Russian-owned, according to The Telegraph.
Putin signed the law—which critics are viewing as a further assault on independent, liberal, and free press in Russia—in early October to protect Russia’s national security in the information sphere, according to The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph reports that Forbes, GQ, Esquire, Vedomosti, and The Moscow Times are a few of the international, foreign majority owned companies producing Russian publications that will have to sell off Russian assets by February 2017 to continue publishing in Russia under the new rules.

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Greenpeace GMO Papaya Case Ruled Out by Thailand Supreme Court

Acording to Thai PBS, Thailand’s Supreme Court dimissed a lawsuit from Greenpeace over the Department of Agriculture’s role in genetically modified papaya seed farmland contamination.

Greenpeace sued the DOA in 2006 for negligence after the DOA’s GM research allegedly led to the contamination of nearby farms with GM papaya seeds in 2004.
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The Supreme Court ruled against Greenpeace in trial on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, maintaining previous rulings that the DOA acted responsibily in the situation and took appropriate legal steps to contain the alleged contamination.

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Supreme Court drops Greenpeace’s GM papaya case

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Muay Thai Figher Buakaw Disqualifies Himself in K-1 Championship Match

The Bangkok Post reports that Sombat “Buakaw” Banchamek left the ring in a K-1 Max championship fight before the deciding, fourth round, forfeiting his chance to claim a third K-1 Max championship.

Buakaw became disqualified from the championship fight against Germany’s Enriko Kehl when he did not appear for the “sudden death” round that the judges ordered after ruling the three-round match a draw; Kehl was crowned the 70-kilogramme division champion.
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According to the Bangkok Post, speculations over the reasons behind Buakaw’s forfeit include accusations of the fight being rigged against Buakaw to affect the desired outcome in an international gambling ring, and alleged disputes over a last-minute rule change that may have also disadvantaged Buakaw.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Top Judges Say Australia Needs to Investigate ‘Reckless’ Surrogacy Laws

Couples in Australia have been breaking surrogacy laws to start their families, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports that two judges are urging the government to conduct a national inquiry into surrogacy.

Chief Justice Diana Byrant and Chief Justice John Pascoe called for international surrogacy reform over various dangers in Australia’s lack of comprehensive surrogacy legislation.

Judge Byrant said, according to ABC, that it was “reckless” for Australians to be creating children without knowledge or proof of who the child’s mother is, and feared that this was potentially violating children’s human rights because “they do not know one half of their genetic material.”

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ABC reported that Judge Pascoe said he didn’t think it was right to ban commercial surrogacy in Australia but allow citizens to pursue it “in countries where it exposes women and children to potential serious human rights abuses.”

“We can't ignore the fact that the technology is there, they [Australian couples] need to be able to access it and they need to access it in ways that protect their rights and in ways that protect the right of the child that they get through these arrangements," Pascoe said.

Keep reading more details of this story at:
Australian Broadcasting Company – Australian surrogacy laws a ticking time bomb, children risk growing up in limbo, senior judges warn

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