Category Archives: legal

India’s justice system does far too little to protect witnesses – The Economist

Conviction rates are just 6% in cases involving politicians

Print edition | Asia – The Economist
Aug 24th 2019| DELHI

INDIA: Silence or the grave

The teenager riding down National Highway 31 was already living a nightmare. Two years earlier she had been raped, she claimed, by a group of men starting with Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a powerful politician in her home district of Unnao, in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. Her family tried to file a complaint with the local police, who brushed them off. Then they began receiving death threats.    Continue reading

Mr. Jagdeo’s unwillingness to come to the table is not progressive politics – By Lincoln Lewis

It is now time to call on the PPP/C to return to parliament and give a fair day’s job for the pay they are earning every month. It is unacceptable for this nation to be continuously held to ransom by misleading statements related to election being held by 18th September, for which Mr. Jagdeo is on record stating if election is not held, the PPP/C will not return to parliament to grant an extension for election, consistent with Article 106(7) of the Guyana Constitution.

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Guyana Politics: Chief Justice says GECOM’s House-to House Registration is constitutional

Chief Justice Roxane George

The house-to-house registration exercise which has been embarked upon by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in order to compile an Official List of Electors (OLE) for the holding of general and regional elections has been declared legal by Chief Justice Roxane George.

The Chief Justice was asked by Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram to look into the constitutionality of the registration process.  Ram had approached the court, asking for a Conservatory Order halting GECOM from continuing the house-to-house registration exercise which  he argued was in violation of Articles 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution as well as the judgment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).      Continue reading

On Xenophobia, Haiti and the Guyana Times – By D. Alissa Trotz – Editor of the In the Diaspora Column

Stabroek News – 12 August 2019

By D. Alissa Trotz – Editor of the In the Diaspora Column

A little over a week ago, Guyanese woke up to what can only be described as a racist and xenophobic attack on Haitians in the Guyana Times newspaper. Titled “Influx of Haitians into Guyana raises major health concerns,” the article offers a classic example of racial profiling. Indeed a subtitle for this cowardly piece of journalism could have been: “Disease ridden Black people flooding our shores.” The article was written under the guise of thoughtfully addressing the issue of the arrival and treatment of Haitians in Guyana – certainly a legitimate question – whose numbers have increased following the institution of the Caricom recommendation of a six month visa on entry to Haitians.        Continue reading

U.S: Florida attorney general out of step with voters on gun safety – By Mohamed Hamaludin


Mass shootings in America have become so commonplace that gun violence did not feature during the two recent Democratic presidential debates. But whenever such tragedies strike, as happened last week in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, they become the flavor of the day, though they should not be unexpected, given the level of divisiveness in the country created and stoked by President Donald Trump’s racist immigration policy and inflammatory remarks about non-whites.

The latest massacres came as a Florida official seeks to frustrate a citizen initiative to ban assault weapons and a judge has struck down the Legislature’s draconian law criminalizing any action by local authorities to regulate gun ownership.          Continue reading

Georgetown: Mayor requests probe in City Engineer alleged misconduct

Local Government Commission asked to conduct probe

City Hall – Georgetown

Georgetown Mayor, Ubraj Narine, has confirmed that he has written to the Local Government Commission (LGC) asking that a probe into the actions of City Engineer, Colvern Venture.

Venture, who is currently on vacation leave, is accused of failing to leave documents of existing work contracted to the Deputy-Engineer.

Mayor Narine had also noted that under Venture’s watch, there were several projects that were not executed successfully and must be addressed promptly.

He said that there are several other issues that will be tackled and emphasized the need to put a stop to any malpractice.                        Continue reading

As the carnage continues—American is running out of reasons – By Yvonne Sam

  By Yvonne Sam

The truth America can no longer shun- her undying affinity with the gun.

Reasons range from untreated madness to sheer badness, as once more America is thrown into a state of mourning— a condition that she has found herself in more often than she cares to recall due to the regularity. The latest mass shooting in El Paso,Texas and Dayton, Ohio is in no way an anomaly, just history repeating itself.

America is running out of excuses, while the murderers are gaining easier access to weapons. The truth be told the problem is dire. Each new event brings with a demand for new laws and regulations.            Continue reading

India’s cancellation of Kashmir’s special status will have consequences – The Guardian UK

— Modi government’s move comes amid already high tensions between India and Pakistan

Narendra Modi

The significance of Kashmir to India is difficult to exaggerate. The decision by Narendra Modi’s recently re-elected government to remove the disputed Himalayan region’s special status under the constitution is no legal technicality, but a statement of intent and ideology.

As the predominantly Hindu India’s only Muslim majority state, adherents of the country’s secular tradition of politics have long seen Kashmir’s continuing inclusion within the vast democracy as evidence that all faiths can thrive together. This contrasts India’s immense religious diversity with neighbouring Pakistan’s strong Muslim identity.


Guyana Politics: CJ to rule on challenge to house-to-house registration August 14

– Attorney General insists laws do not cater for snap elections

Chief Justice Roxane George

In the meantime, Attorney General Basil Williams, who is a Respondent in the matter, has asked the court to allow the registration exercise which commenced on July 20, to continue, on the basis that it is “the most doable mechanism to update the voters’ list in preparation for free, fair and credible general and regional elections”.    Continue reading

Boris Johnson has no intention of renegotiating Brexit deal, EU told

No-deal Brexit is British PM’s ‘central scenario’, chief Brussels envoy reportedly says

EU flags and the UK flag flap in the wind outside the EU headquarters in Brussels.
 EU diplomats were briefed after a meeting between the prime minister’s chief envoy and officials in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Boris Johnson has no intention of renegotiating the withdrawal agreement and a no-deal Brexit is his “central scenario”, European diplomats have been told, amid hardening evidence in Westminster that the government is expecting to crash out of the EU.      Continue reading

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