Drunken brawl appeal prompts clarification of the new community correction orders regime

DPP v Leys & Leys [2012] VSCA 304 (12 December 2012) 

On 16 January 2012, community correction orders (CCO) were introduced as a sentencing option under the Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic). CCOs replaced a number of separate sentencing orders such as intensive correction orders and community-based orders.

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UN Secretary-General calls for end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

On 11 December 2012, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – Joined by international musical artists Ricky Martin and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, amongst others – called for an end to violence and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

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High Court to hear landmark case on race discrimination and “special measures”

The Human Rights Law Centre is assisting the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples to make submissions as “amicus curiae” in the High Court in the case of Maloney v The Queen. The case relates to the prohibition against racial discrimination and the rights to participation and self-determination.

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UN Committee against Torture: Closing the circle for victims of torture

In offering redress to victims of torture and their families, “restoration of the dignity of the victim is the ultimate objective,” according to the UN Committee against Torture. The Committee has just published a detailed General Comment expanding on the key article in the Convention against Torture which says that victims of torture and their families have “an enforceable right to fair and adequate compensation, including the means for as full rehabilitation as possible”.

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