Showing posts from February 5, 2014

The Troublesome New "Fair Elections" Act

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[Harper, on his many commercials in the media, claims this will strengthen the power to investigate electoral "issues." Not so. See also "Tom Mulcair Wary Of Election Reforms Proposed By 'Serial Cheaters'" *RON*]


Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre's new, self-styled "Fair Elections Act" does contain at least a few positive changes.

Even Opposition Critics such as the NDP's Craig Scott recognize that.

The Act would create a registry of "voter contact" calls, for instance, although records will only be maintained for a year, and it would put those "contact" activities under the supervision of the CRTC.

The Act also introduces prison terms for impersonating an Elections Canada official, and increased penalties for the use of deception to prevent people from voting.

New Afghanistan law to silence victims of violence against women

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[Beyond repulsive. "Honour killings by fathers and brothers who disapprove of a woman's behaviour would be almost impossible to punish. Forced marriage and the sale or trading of daughters to end feuds or settle debt would also be largely beyond the control of the law in a country where the prosecution of abuse is already rare." *RON*]
Small change to criminal code has huge consequences in country where 'honour' killings and forced marriage are rife.
Emma Graham-Harrison
The Guardian, Tuesday 4 February 2014 13.33 EST

A new Afghan law will allow men to attack their wives, children and sisters without fear of judicial punishment, undoing years of slow progress in tackling violence in a country blighted by so-called "honour" killings, forced marriage and vicious domestic abuse.