Stop and search still targets black people, police watchdog says – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in inquiries, news, police, race discrimination, racism, reports, stop and search by sally

‘Police stops of black people are still at an “eye-watering” level compared with white people, the official police watchdog said today and promised a fresh inquiry into every force’s use of the controversial powers.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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Theresa May will not allow an ‘industry of vexatious allegations’ against British troops over claims of abuse in Iraq – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2016 in armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, murder, news, torture by tracey

‘Theresa May has made clear she will not allow an “industry of vexatious allegations” against British troops over claims of abuse in Iraq. But the Prime Minister refused to bow to pressure and dismantle the Government body, the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which is handling approximately 1,500 allegations of murder, abuse and torture carried out by British soldiers.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2016

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False VIP sex ring accuser ‘did not know who Lord Janner was’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 19th, 2016 in inquiries, news, perverting the course of justice, police, sexual offences, witnesses by tracey

‘The Metropolitan Police faced fresh questions over the aborted VIP paedophile inquiry last night after “preposterous” evidence from its chief witness was made public.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th September 2016

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Orgreave: Home Secretary to announce inquiry into police violence against miners – The Independent

Posted September 15th, 2016 in inquiries, media, miners, news, police, violence by tracey

‘The Government will announce an inquiry into police conduct at the so-called Battle of Orgreave in 1984, it has been reported.’

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The Independent, 15th September 2016

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The scale of historical sexual abuse in the UK is a catastrophe. We need catharsis – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2016 in children, inquiries, news, sexual offences by sally

‘The scope of the inquiry into sexual crimes against children must not be narrowed. Until we address the horrors of the past, there can be no moving on.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2016

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The terror of young offender institutions – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2016 in detention, inquiries, news, prisons, young offenders by sally

‘Levels of violence in young offender institutions have been described as unacceptably high, with inmates and staff facing the daily threat of beatings and stabbings. The government is promising a thorough review of the system. But what’s life like for young people who get locked up?’

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BBC News, 12th September 2016

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Some victims may boycott the troubled sex abuse inquiry. What has gone wrong? – The Guardian

Posted September 9th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Even the fiercest critic of Dame Lowell Goddard must admit she’s got a point. Earlier this week, Goddard revealed why she resigned last month as chair of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. She sent a 10-page critique of the setup of the inquiry to the home affairs select committee, saying it was too big, took in too many institutions (church, councils, schools, Westminster, Medomsley detention centre – to name but a few of its 13 strands), was too complex, went back too far (60 years), would take too long (possibly 10 years), and was underfunded.’

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The Guardian, 8th September 2016

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Undertaking provided for witnesses in undercover policing inquiry – Attorney General’s Office

Posted September 8th, 2016 in inquiries, investigatory powers, police, press releases, prosecutions, witnesses by tracey

‘Individuals providing certain evidence to the Undercover Policing Inquiry can do so without fear of prosecution.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 6th September 2016

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UK inquiry into child sexual abuse ‘will include historical cases’ – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, judges, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The focus of the official inquiry into child sexual abuse will not be narrowed to exclude historical cases, the home secretary has made clear, as she also suggested that its former chair, Dame Lowell Goddard, may have quit because she was lonely.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2016

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‘Hillsborough Law’ drafted by victims’ families’ legal team – BBC News

Posted September 8th, 2016 in bills, inquests, inquiries, news, police by tracey

‘Lawyers for the relatives of 96 people who died at Hillsborough have drafted a new law to compel public officials to tell the truth at inquiries.’

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BBC News, 8th September 2016

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Child abuse inquiry needs to be remodelled, warns Dame Lowell Goddard, criticising its ‘scale and size’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 6th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, judges, news, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘The wide-ranging inquiry into child sex abuse needs to be completely reviewed and remodelled, the judge who resigned as its head last month has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th September 2016

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UK courts should be able to issue Islamic divorces, sharia expert says – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2016 in courts, divorce, inquiries, islamic law, marriage, news, women by sally

‘British courts should be able to issue Islamic divorces via a specialised unit set up to protect the rights of Muslim women, a leading expert in sharia law will advise a House of Commons inquiry.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2016

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Sharon Shoesmith on Baby P, child protection and the tabloid media: ‘I came very close to not standing up again’ – The Guardian

‘The death of a toddler at the hands of his abusive family shocked the nation in 2007, and led to the sacking and demonisation of Sharon Shoesmith, head of Haringey children’s services. But was she just a scapegoat?’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2016

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Iraq War: Public Interest Lawyers closes down – BBC News

‘The law firm Public Interest Lawyers, which submitted multiple allegations of misconduct by British troops during the Iraq War, is to close.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2016

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Hundreds of compensation claims against British soldiers could be abandoned after controversial law firm announces closure – Daily Telegraph

‘Hundreds of compensation claims against British soldiers are likely to be abandoned after a controversial law firm accused of “hounding” troops announced that it is closing.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th August 2016

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Jehovah’s Witnesses under pressure over handling of sexual abuse claims – The Guardian

‘The Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation is under increasing pressure to address its handling of sexual abuse allegations as it faces legal setbacks, bills of over £1m and a fight to prevent the Charity Commission examining its records of abuse claims.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2016

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Child abuse inquiry: Alexis Jay to take over from Lowell Goddard – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, remuneration, sexual offences by sally

‘Prof Alexis Jay is to take over as chair of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse following the resignation of Dame Lowell Goddard, the home secretary has announced.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2016

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David Cameron to face inquiry into resignation honours list – The Independent

‘David Cameron is to face a Commons inquiry into his resignation honours list, which has been widely criticised for the way he used it to reward friends and financial backers.’

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The Independent, 9th August 2016

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How the Iraq Inquiry failed to follow the money – OUP Blog

Posted August 8th, 2016 in corruption, inquiries, international law, Iraq, news, statistics, war, war crimes by sally

‘In 2007, I published an article that sought to show in detail how the Iraqi economy had been opened up to allow the transformation of the economy and the routine corruption that enabled a range of private profit-making companies to exploit the post-invasion economy. The article argued that the illegal war of aggression waged by a ‘coalition’ headed by George Bush and Tony Blair was tied to a series of subsequent crimes of pillage and occupation. These included the transformation of the economy and the political system that was explicitly illegal under the terms of the Geneva and Hague Convention; and the mobilisation of political and economic instruments to ‘liberate’ the oil. The recently published Chilcot Report recognizes this corruption – and indeed UK joint legal responsibility for the corruption – and yet the evidence for it has been buried. – See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2016/07/iraq-inquiry-chilcot-money/#sthash.UiY9VxUh.dpuf

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OUP Blog, 31st July 2016

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Serious Fraud Office starts Airbus inquiry – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2016 in aircraft, airlines, bribery, consultations, corruption, fraud, inquiries, news by sally

‘The UK’s Serious Fraud Office has confirmed that it has opened a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption in the commercial airline business of Airbus, the defence and aviation firm. The investigation into potential criminal dealings in the sale of commercial planes was launched in July but revealed at the weekend by the European manufacturer.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2016

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