Seattle Times gets it right on indigent defendant rights, LSE identifyies legal protections for women

New website dedicated to examining how international and domestic law can combat violence against women

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Tackling Violence against Women is a new website dedicated to explaining the international and regional human rights systems that can be used to tackle violence against women and girls.

In addition to explaining CEDAW (the UN treaty and monitoring body dedicated to the elimination of discrimination against women) the site highlights opportunities for interaction with other treaties and institutions in tackling gender-based violence. It introduces the other UN treaty bodies and explains how civil society can engage with their work and their potential to affect change. Sections on regional human rights treaties and organisations show how different bodies are simultaneously approaching the global problem. Read the full press release here.

Photo courtesy of the London School of Economics, Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Seattle Times editorial board applauds WA Supreme Court for protecting defendant’s rights

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September, 29 2016
By Seattle Times Editorial Board
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In City of Richland v. Wakefield, the Washington State Supreme Court recently reaffirmed that judges must consider the financial standing of defendant’s when addressing what the defendant owes the court. The Seattle Times praised the ruling, and so do we!

“It was a good ruling because counties are tacking on discretionary court fines and fees to pay for their judicial systems, despite the fact that a vast majority of defendants are indigent,” wrote the editorial board.