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A round-up of human rights stories from around the world. Hong Kong group supporting human rights lawyers in China is latest to disband amid police pressure | Hong Kong Free Press

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Possession of class A drugs such as heroin, cocaine and MDMA may incur a police warning rather than prosecution under a new "diversion from prosecution" policy for drugs announced by Scotland's Lord Advocate, Dorothy Bain QC. In a statement, Ms Bain said: "I have decided that an extension of the rec

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A three-person independent group has been established the report on the government's progress on scrapping direct provision. The government intends to phase out the direct provision system of accommodation for asylum seekers by 2024, following a white paper published earlier this year.

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Government plans to bring down legal costs should be "accelerated" to make the Irish economy more competitive and productive, the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) has said. In its 2021 report, the NCPC – which reports to the government – said the cost of legal ser

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A judge who was caught playing cards during a remote court hearing in a case worth nearly €100,000 has apologised. Madam Justice Jolaine Antonio, a judge of the Alberta Court of Appeal in Canada, admitted in a letter that there was "no excuse for causing litigants and their counsel to feel unhe

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Cian Clinch, partner at Hayes solicitors LLP, discusses recent case law from the High Court which highlights that online anonymity is not absolute. The expectation of online anonymity has become so common in our increasingly digital society that individuals often feel immune to the legal consequence

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International law firm Ashurst, which expanded into Ireland earlier this year, has announced new Inclusion, Diversity and Belonging (IDB) targets to be achieved by 2026. The new targets, set by the board in consultation with the executive team and the Committed to Change Advisory Group, comprise:

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