Is Netanyahu turning Israel into an unhealthy democracy? -opinion
With daily life moving to a new normal as lockdown restrictions ease, we need to ensure that what passed for normal over these past few weeks does not continue to be part of our day-to-day reality.Not only our physical well-being but the health of our democracy has been sorely tested during this time. It remains an open question as to whether the prime minister is truly committed to ensuring the latter fully recovers.A bedrock of democracy is the rule of law and equality before the law, a principle that has been severely eroded during lockdown.At the beginning of the month, Roni Numa, the coro...
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COVID-19 is a litmus test for the rule of law in Armenia
Armenia’s experience of managing the COVID-19 pandemic offers some adverse lessons on the importance of properly designed rules, their implementation and the role of state institutions. Armenia’s case also provides insight into the importance of communication and engaging the public in a crisis - one which started in public health, but quickly affected the economy, society and politics.In April 2018, Nikol Pashinyan, then an opposition MP, led a large coalition of disenchanted citizens in what became known as Armenia’s “Velvet Revolution” to oust the regime led by Robert Kocharyan and then Ser...
The Tong Ying-kit bail decision: A hopeful signal for Hong Kong’s human rights and rule of law?
These days, the bad news coming out of Hong Kong seems to arrive on an almost daily basis: Legco elections delayed for a full year. Pan-democratic legislators barred from running for re-election. Apple Daily publisher Jimmy Lai arrested, along with prominent activist Agnes Chow and several others. Pro-democratic legislators charged with rioting in Yuen Long, even though video footage quite clearly shows them coming to the aid of victims of the attack. The list goes on and on.Recent weeks have brought more worrying news for those concerned about judicial independence and the rule of law in Hong...
Hong Kong Free Press
Iraq seeks to enforce rule of law, says President
Iraqi President Barham Salih said Saturday that he seeks to enforce the rule of law at the highest level of government.“The reform process requires the provision of a favorable political climate by holding early elections away from the monopoly of weapons and manipulation so that the people can decide their own future,” he told a conference organized by the Iraqi National Wisdom Movement on violence against women.“We have many challenges ahead and there is no space for a retreat in holding the corrupt and those who obstruct efforts aimed at rebuilding a country capable of serving the citizens,...
The Middle East Monitor
Eroding institutions | Daily FT
In a well-functioning system of governance, the rule of law should be supreme. However, in Sri Lanka, the implementation of the law is often selective and biased, resulting in the public largely losing faith in its efficacy. This loss of faith has been incremental and often symbolised by a body blow from time to time. Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Parliamentarian Premalal Jayasekera taking oaths in Parliament can undoubtedly be put on this list of significant events.The Parliamentarian from Ratnapura was convicted of murder just ahead of the Parliamentary Election last month. He was convi...
Daily Financial Times
Dershowitz, the #MeToo movement and the rule of law – opinion
On Friday, August 14, The Jerusalem Post Frontlines section featured a massive two-page article by David Brinn about allegations leveled against American lawyer and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz. As I read it, my thoughts reverted to the ordeal endured by US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when the #MeToo movement attempted to smear him over alleged sexual assault charges without a scintilla of supporting proof.I was traumatized watching the Senate hearing, which made McCarthyism pale in comparison. Having been a CEO of a major international company and a leader confronting global Jewish...
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Hong Kong democrat says Dep’t of Justice intervention in his police shooting case ‘overrides’ rule of law
Hong Kong’s justice secretary has been criticised for intervening in a lawmaker’s private lawsuit against a police officer who shot a protester during a demonstration last year.Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui filed a private prosecution against a traffic branch sergeant for firing a live round at a 22-year-old man in Sai Wan Ho last November 11. But Hui wrote on Facebook on Tuesday that Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng had intervened in the lawsuit and withdrawn the summons issued to the officer involved. He is subsequently exempted from appearing at the hearing scheduled on August 31.Hui ...
Hong Kong Free Press
Those Who Value the Rule of Law Should Back Supreme Court’s Independence in Colombia
Colombia’s Supreme Court made a brave decision when it ordered the pretrial house arrest of Álvaro Uribe, Colombia’s most powerful politician. As his supporters attack the court, those who believe in the rule of law and human rights should back the judiciary – not the authoritarian former president.The court’s August 4 order was issued in the context of an investigation into whether Uribe bribed former paramilitary fighters to change their testimony about his alleged role in establishing paramilitary groups.Colombians should be proud of what the ruling signals about the rule of law in their co...
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EU leaders agree to link funds to rule of law
Brussels (AFP) - European leaders for the first time on Tuesday agreed to link payment of EU funds to a member state with respect for the bloc's legal norms -- although Poland and Hungary insisted they had blocked tougher planned measures.A hard-fought deal on a 750-billion-euro coronavirus recovery package and the EU's seven-year budget includes powers to cut funding from countries that breach so-called "rule of law" standards."It is the first time that the respect for rule of law is a decisive criteria for budget spending," EU Council President Charles Michel, who chaired the marathon summit...
EU leaders compromise on linking funds to rule of law
Brussels (AFP) - European leaders have reached a summit compromise on the question of whether EU funds can be withheld from a member state that breaches legal norms, officials and diplomats said Tuesday.Hungarian media close to Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government, which is facing an investigation over its drift into authoritarianism, hailed it as a "great victory" at the Brussels talks.But a spokesman for Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel would not confirm their claim that she had promised to bring the probe to an end during her country's EU presidency -- before the end of the year.EU me...